New all-electric models dominate Europe’s prestigious 2022 Car of the Year shortlist. From a list of 38 new models launched in European markets this year, the seven finalists are (in alphabetical order):
Ford Mustang Mach-E
Hyundai Ioniq 5
Renault Megane E-Tech
The two Korean finalists – Hyundai’s Ioniq 5 and Kia EV6 – share the same technology, while the Skoda Enyaq and Cupra Born share the same MEB platform from parent company Volkswagen, albeit with markedly different driving characteristics.
Ford’s final racer is a rival to the not-to-be-cut Tesla Model Y, which has already won the 2021 North American SUV of the year, along with the EV Car of the Year award from Car and Driver magazine.
Renault continues its impressive run of electric models with the move to the new Megane range.
The new Peugeot 308 is the only finalist to be powered by a range of regular combustion engines.
Eligible cars must be essentially new models and available in at least five European countries before the end of 2021.
About 61 judges, representing 23 countries, choose the seven-member shortlist in a simple vote.
The winner of the Car of the Year 2022 award will be announced at 2pm Irish time on February 28. Meanwhile, jury members from across the continent will conduct further testing on the finalists, including a two-day event at the Ceram Car Test Facility in Mortefontaine, north of Paris.
In the fall, members of the jury completed a week-long test event in northern Denmark where this year’s newest arrivals were pitted against each other on public roads, stretches of motorways and at a private airport test event where safety equipment such as traction control were tested.
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