At the end of the year we’re usually looking up towards the Christmas Holiday but as professional journalists we still have interesting duties to fulfill until Santa comes to pay a visit.
Because one of our offices in located in Romania – the country where the Dacia brand is from and where numerous other automakers and component makers have production facilities (Ford at Craiova, Daimler through Star Assembly at Sebes, Continental, etc.) – we have been invited this year by the “Romanian Motoring Press Association” to become part of the jury for the Car of the Year competition in Romania. This is also no ordinary competition, since it’s reached its 18th annual edition – organized for 2017 at the Titi Aur Driving Academy. The jury enlisted 16 members from all communication medias and the finalists were – in alphabetical order: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Citroen C3, Kia Sportage, Peugeot 3008, Renault Megane, Suzuki SX4 and Volkswagen Tiguan.
The rigorous testing program – which started long before the final voting day – culminated with a day full of testing and assessments: we embarked on long journey on public roads and then retreated on the circuit to further review the capabilities in a controlled environment. At the end of the day, after a very close competition, the Renault Megane family became the 2017 title holder, followed closely by the Peugeot 3008, which lost with a smallish six-point difference. The podium was completed by the Alfa Romeo Giulia – the Italian automaker’s revival sedan.