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There are only eight cars left - one of which will be the 2023 Car of the Year

There are only eight cars left – one of which will be the 2023 Car of the Year

The European Car of the Year award is a prestigious and important award for the automotive industry. A brand that gets away with the title can use it for all its worth in form marketing.

It’s now close to choosing eight 2023 models as finalists – one of which will be Car of the Year.

The finalists are:

Jeep Avenger

Kia Niro

Nissan Ariya

Peugeot 408

Renault Austral

Subaru Solterra / Toyota BZ4X

Volkswagen ID. buzz

Click on the model names above to read more about the cars.

Awesome: VW ID.Buzz is a multi-purpose vehicle full of charm. But will it be the car of the year?

Electric cars dominate

The jury that decides the winners is made up of automotive journalists from all over Europe – the number of representatives from each country depends on the size of the country’s car market or the production of cars. For Norway, this means one jury member.

Electric cars clearly dominate the candidates. From a Norwegian point of view, this is completely normal.

Traditionally, European car manufacturers have been the best performers in this award. It can turn out positively for Peugeot, Renault and Volkswagen this time as well.

Not perfect – but ID.Buzz is guaranteed to be a hit

winner?  Peugeot reached the final with its 408, which comes as a hybrid and electric car.

winner? Peugeot reached the final with its 408, which comes as a hybrid and electric car.

An outsider from Renault

Identification card. The Buzz from the latter is probably the most unique car among the finalists. But at the same time, most of what’s here is “new-old,” with the car sharing a great deal of technology with existing electric vehicles from the VW Group. This can make it difficult for ID.Buzz to get away with winning.

On the other hand, Renault’s Austral SUV is on the outside.

Three Japanese electric cars also entered the final: The Nissan Ariya could quickly win the entire competition, as could the Solterra and bZ4X twin models from Subaru and Toyota, respectively.

The bZ4X had a tumultuous start in Norway

Twin: Toyota bZ4X and twin model Subaru Solterra also qualified in the final.

Twin: Toyota bZ4X and twin model Subaru Solterra also qualified in the final.

It will be ready on January 13th

Last year, it was the Kia EV6 that shot to the top. Kia has never been able to do this before. So they are in the final this year too, this time with Nero.

Winning the EV6 meant a lot to Kia. It’s important confirmation for us that Kia is heading towards something new and exciting. We are proud to now be on the shortlist with the Niro EV. We are fastening our seat belts and looking forward to the final,” says Irene Solstad, President of Kia Norway.

On January 13th we will get to know the winner, and it will be announced at the Brussels Motor Show.

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