The 2017 European Car of the Year finalists are here image

Seven models from brands such as Alfa Romeo, Peugeot, Citroen or Toyota will try to win the prestigious title of European Car of the Year.

Here are the finalists for the annual European Car of the Year competition – as chosen by the panel of 58 journalists from 22 European countries. There were more than 30 entries in the initial round and now there are only seven: Alfa Romeo Giulia, Citroen C3, Mercedes-Benz E Class, Nissan Micra, Peugeot 3008, Toyota C-HR, Volvo S90/V90. Out of the seven, just two are from out of Europe – Nissan Micra and Toyota C-HR – while Volvo is the only marquee that has never won the award. Of notice is the absence of any contender from America or South Korea – as well as the lack of hybrid or EV models.

The new Alfa Romeo Giulia might be a top contender, but the all-new Volvo S90/V90 should be accounted for, as well as the technology-laden Micra. In addition, the Toyota C-HR is an interesting brand new contender. The award appeared back in 1964 when the Rover 2000 was crowned and has so far elected 52 winners. The Fiat brand is the top prize winner with nine victories, followed by Renault, Ford, and Opel at six and five wins respectively.