The shortlist for the 2016 European Car of the Year award has been announced, featuring contenders from brands such Jaguar, Skoda, Volvo and Mazda.
Back during the summer, more than 30 cars launched during this year were revealed to be on the list of contenders for the award. Now the list of nominees is down to just seven.
Still in contention for the next European Car of the Year accolade are a few executive saloons which include the Audi A4, BMW 7 Series and Jaguar XE. Also on the shortlist is the Volvo XC90 SUV, the Skoda Superb and Vauxhall Astra family cars and the Mazda MX-5 sports car.
The Jaguar XE is the only car on the shortlist for the 2016 European Car of the Year which launched its first-generation model this year.
Unlike many other car-related awards, the European Car of the Year award has no separate segments and jurors simply pick one overall winner. For the 2016 accolade, a total of 58 motoring journalists from 22 European countries (including six from Britain) have had a hand in deciding which cars should make the shortlist.
The winner of the 2016 European Car of the Year award will be announced on 29 February, on the eve of the 2016 Geneva Motor Show.
You can find out here what, in our opinion, are the best cars launched in 2015.
Previous winners of the European Car of the Year award:
2015 – Volkswagen Passat
2014 – Peugeot 308
2013 – Volkswagen Golf
2012 – Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt
2011 – Nissan LEAF
2010 – Volkswagen Polo
2009 – Vauxhall Insignia
2008 – Fiat 500
2007 – Ford S-MAX
2006 – Renault Clio
2005 – Toyota Prius
2004 – Fiat Panda
2003 – Renault Megane
2002 – Peugeot 307
2001 – Alfa Romeo 147
2000 – Toyota Yaris