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European Car of the Year 2015 Finalists Announced

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The shortlist of seven finalists for the European Car of the Year 2015 awards has been announced, derived from a list of 31 candidates. The 58 strong jury panel of European automotive journalists will choose the final winner at the end of February, to be announced on 2 March 2015, the day before the Geneva Motor Show opens.

BMW 2 Series Active Tourer

The compact MPV is BMW's first front wheel drive vehicle. It was introduced at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, before going on sale in the UK in September. Turbocharged petrol, diesel and M Sport versions are available.

Citroen C4 Cactus

The French company's new small family car is causing quite a splash in the market thanks to its unusual design philosophy, which includes unique 'Airbump' side panels to protect the car's bodywork from damage.

Ford Mondeo

A senior citizen of the auto market these days, the Mondeo's image has undergone a rollercoaster ride since its 1992 release. However, modern versions are a far cry from the rather uninspiring earlier models, that saw the Mondeo become the salesman's favourite and earn itself some unflattering epithets. It's the long awaited fourth generation model, set to be released next year, that features on the ECOTY shortlist.

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

The German giant's compact executive model was overhauled this year to great acclaim. Like the Mondeo, it is now into its fourth generation, having been on sale since 1993. It is available as a four door saloon, five door estate and a two door coupe.

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan's game changing Qashqai compact SUV was released in second generation form this year. The first, super successful model was a hard act to follow but Nissan has sensibly gone for an 'if it ain't broke, don't fix it' approach and kept updates subtle and strictly where necessary.

Renault Twingo

After great fanfare for the original model, the second generation Twingo was something of a let down. This year's Twingo III features a revolutionary rear engine, rear wheel drive layout and shares its platform and production line with Daimler's new Smart Forfour.

Volkswagen Passat

The Passat has been in production longer than any other car on the list - if the Mondeo is an old man, the Passat is Methuselah. With eight generations since 1973, Volkswagen's large family car is available as a saloon, a coupe, an estate and a beefy Alltrack, bridging the gap between the estate and SUV sectors.

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