Car of the Year

Car of the Year (COTY) is a common abbreviation for numerous automotive awards.

The "Car of the Year" phrase is considered to have been introduced by Motor Trend magazine in 1949 when the new publication named Cadillac as Motor Trend Car of the Year.[1] [2] [3]

Other publications and various organizations also have developed COTY recognitions. The Australian automobile magazine Wheels began an award in 1963.

In 1964, a jury of European automotive journalists began selecting the European Car of the Year award.

Many COTY awards focus on regional markets, vehicle types, or market segments. An example is the "tow car of the year" in the UK (for pulling travel trailers).[4] or the COTY AJAC award in Canada.


The COTY is meant to award excellence in automotive design. Criteria vary, but the World Car of the Year are typical: [5]

  • eligible cars are all those that have been launched and gone on sale in the past year
  • must be available on at least two continents
  • juror can borrow the car in question from manufacturer fleet of test cars
  • fitness for purpose
  • real-world practicalities such as running costs, interior space and comfort, acceleration, handling, roadholding, ride comfort, noise levels, fit, finish, visual and tactile quality of the interior
  • Innovation - advance of car design and engineering

The originator of the COTY award, Motor Trend, uses these criteria: [6]

  • Advancement in design
  • Engineering excellence - integrity of the total vehicle concept and execution and use of technologies that benefit the consumer
  • Efficiency - fuel economy and overall operating costs
  • Safety - protect occupants from harm in a crash and avoid a crash
  • Value - relative to competitors in the same market segment
  • Performance of intended function


  • World Car of the Year selected by a jury of 82 international automotive journalists from 24 countries, beginning in 2003


Sample ResultsEdit

Year World Car of the Year World Performance Car World Green Car World Car Design of the Year World Luxury Car World Urban Car
2005 Audi A6  
2006 BMW 3 Series Porsche Cayman S Honda Civic Hybrid Citroën C4  
2007 Lexus LS 460 Audi RS4 Mercedes-Benz E320 Bluetec Audi TT  
2008 Mazda2 / Demio Audi R8 BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics Audi R8  
2009 Volkswagen Golf Mk6 Nissan GT-R Honda FCX Clarity Fiat Nuova 500  
2010 Volkswagen Polo Audi R8 V10 Volkswagen BlueMotion Chevrolet Camaro  
2011 Nissan Leaf Ferrari 458 Italia Chevrolet Volt Aston Martin Rapide  
2012 Volkswagen up! Porsche 991 Mercedes-Benz S250 BlueEfficiency Range Rover Evoque  
2013 Volkswagen Golf Mk7 Porsche Boxster / Cayman Tesla Model S Jaguar F-Type  
2014 Audi A3 Porsche 911 GT3 BMW i3 BMW i3[15] Mercedes-Benz S-Class (W222)
2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (W205) Mercedes-AMG GT BMW i8 Citroën C4 Cactus[16] Mercedes-Benz S-Class (C217)
2016 Mazda MX-5 Audi R8 Coupe Toyota Mirai Mazda MX-5 BMW 7 Series
2017 Jaguar F-Pace Porsche Boxster Cayman Toyota Prius Prime Jaguar F-Pace Mercedes-Benz E-Class BMW i3
2018 Volvo XC60 BMW M5 Nissan LEAF Range Rover Velar Audi A8 Volkswagen Polo
2019 Jaguar I-Pace McLaren 720S Jaguar I-Pace Jaguar I-Pace Audi A7 Suzuki Jimny
2020 Kia Telluride Porsche Taycan Mazda3 Porsche Taycan Kia Soul EV
Year European Car of the Year North American Car of the Year North American Utility of the Year North American Truck of the Year
2020 Peugeot 208 Chevrolet Corvette Kia Telluride Jeep Gladiator
2019 Jaguar I-Pace Genesis G70 Hyundai Kona Ram 1500
2018 Volvo XC40 Honda Accord Volvo XC60 Lincoln Navigator
2017 Peugeot 3008 SUV Chevrolet Bolt Chrysler Pacifica Honda Ridgeline
2016 Opel/Vauxhall Astra Honda Civic Volvo XC90
2015 Volkswagen Passat Volkswagen Golf Ford F-150
2014 Peugeot 308 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Chevrolet Silverado
2013 Volkswagen Golf Cadillac ATS Ram 1500
2012 Chevrolet Volt/Opel/Vauxhall Ampera Hyundai Elantra Range Rover Evoque
2011 Nissan Leaf Chevrolet Volt Ford Explorer
2010 Volkswagen Polo Ford Fusion Hybrid Ford Transit Connect
2009 Vauxhall/Opel Insignia Hyundai Genesis Ford F-150
2008 Fiat 500 Chevrolet Malibu Mazda CX-9
2007 Ford S-Max Saturn Aura Chevrolet Silverado
2006 Renault Clio Honda Civic Honda Ridgeline
2005 Toyota Prius Chrysler 300 Ford Escape Hybrid
2004 Fiat Panda Toyota Prius Ford F-150
2003 Renault Mégane MINI Cooper Volvo XC90
2002 Peugeot 307 Nissan Altima Chevrolet Trailblazer
2001 Alfa Romeo 147 Chrysler PT Cruiser Acura MDX
2000 Toyota Yaris Ford Focus Nissan Xterra
1999 Ford Focus Chrysler 300M Jeep Grand Cherokee
1998 Alfa Romeo 156 Chevrolet Corvette Mercedes-Benz M-Class
1997 Renault Mégane Scénic Mercedes-Benz SLK-Class Ford Expedition
1996 Fiat Bravo and Brava Chrysler minivans Ford F-150
1995 Fiat Punto Honda Civic Chevrolet Blazer
1994 Ford Mondeo Mercedes-Benz C-Class Dodge Ram
Year Middle East Motor Awards COTY
2013 Jaguar F-Type
2012 McLaren MP4-12C
2011 Volvo S60

See alsoEdit


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