Apparently the shortlist with the cars that can win this title has been revealed and finally we were able to know which are the best cars that can be seen in this competition.
When it comes to front runners we must mention Tesla Model S and Mercedes S-Class.
At the beginning the list contained 32 nominees and now it has been shortened up to only 7 cars. The cars that can win the competition, in alphabetical order, are:
1. BMW i3
2. Citroen C4 Picasso
3. Mazda 3
4. Mercedes Benz S Class
5. Peugeot 308
6. Skoda Octavia
7. Tesla Model S.
This list has been analysed by 58 judges from 22 different European countries and they are going to choose the winner as well, after testing the cars. The European Car of the Year is going to be announced at the Geneva Motor Show, on March 3.
The cars were analysed according to several criteria such as their aspect, performances, power and even fuel economy. Each of them had pros and cons, but all in all these are the best cars that were produced in Europe this year.
If you are curious to know more about each car then you can visit the official websites of the companies and you can even choose your favourite vehicle on forums. Unfortunately the only opinion that matters is the judges’ one and they are going to be extremely attentive in order to ensure that they have made the right choice.
If you own one of these cars then I am sure that you can’t wait to find out the results because not only that you are going to know for sure that you have made the right choice, but you will also feel a lot of pride while driving the vehicle of the year.
When the winner is going to be revealed we are going to offer you its name and even more details about its specification and special features. Until then all you have to do is wait and keep reading about this topic.
Citroen is looking better and better by the minute. No more of that nasty, overweight, spoiled french kid is going to spoil our day ( hopefully ). Years have passed and now that french kid turned into a french lover. Citroen officials introduced two new models for the C segment, The Citroen C Elysee and the C4 L. These new models are two compact saloons with a new sexy design. Both of them will be built in Spain and they will be sold in countries like Turkey, Spain, Central Europe and Algeria before the end of 2012.
The C Elysee has a wheelbase that measures 2.65 m and its trunk can handle around 506-litres worth of luggage. Customers can opt for air conditioning, MP3 stereo and a Bluetooth hand-free kit, while power will be provided by a new generation VTi 97 HP petrol engine.
When compared to the C-Elyse, the C4 L is more luxurious, with a more comfortable suspension, a lounge-like rear compartment with confortable new seats, backrests inclined at 29 degrees. Optional technology such as keyless access and start, touch-screen GPS, parkpilot with rear parking camera, heated windscreen, and other impressive stuff are all available and awaiting your first payment.
The Citroen C4 L, represents the first model styled by the brand’s design studio in Shanghai ( Thank God ! ). Under the bonnet we can choose from two engines: Either the THP 155 HP or 170 HP petrol engine built in collaboration with BMW , or the VTi 135 petrol unit. Both of them can be paired with a new automatic and sequential 6-speed gearbox.
Officials state the C4 L will be built in Wuhan, China by the end of 2012 and Kaluga, Russia in the first half of 2013.
The new Citroen DS5 was premiered by the French automaker back in April at the Shanghai motor show but just today we’ve got to see how its interior will look like thanks to a set of photos from the car’s cockpit that were leaked today on the web. As you could see from the following photos, the new DS5 will have a luxurious finish and gives the impression of premium quality.
The car will get a special wrist-watch/bracelet stitching on the leather of the seats which will be a signature mark for the DS5, a big center console with large knobs and many other tiny details that will make this car competitive with premium models from other automakers.
The Citroen DS5 showcased at the Shanghai Motor Show featured PSA Group’s Hybrid4 technology which couples a 2.0L diesel engine with 163 PS to a small electric motor which is able to produce 37 PS that powers the car’s rear axle. More details about the new DS5 will be probably released by the French automaker at later date.
The new DS5 is expected to be launched on the market in the last months of this year.
Citroen has revealed today the Citroën Lacoste Concept, a small concept with a minimalistic styling and an open air design that’s going to be premiered at the Paris Motor Show next week. The French automaker describes this new concept as being pure, simple and laid back that even resembles a golf cart.
The Citroën Lacoste actually comes with golf-ball style wheels and a fold down windscreen and it features an inflatable soft top that deploys from the roof beam. With this cool open-air design, the Lacoste might be perfect for a relaxing drive in any sunny days.
The car’s interior continues the coolness with a pixelated instrument cluster that was inspired from video games, a two spoke steering wheel, folding rear seats upholstered in white cotton like Lacoste’s polo shirts and a lot of storage compartments.
The concept is powered by a three cylinder petrol engine with “plenty of performance on tap” as Citroen claims, but we’ll probably get more details about the golf-like Citroen Lacoste at the Paris Motor Show.
Citroen has officially revealed the new Citroen DS4, the second model in the company’s DS line, which will be premiered at the Paris Motor Show later this month. The DS4 was previewed in Geneva by the High Rider Concept from which it retains many styling cues.
Citroen describes the hatchback profile of the DS4 as “coupe like” and apart from the eye catching exterior look, the car also has hidden rear door handles integrated into the window frame as an interesting feature. The new Citroen is 4.27m long, 1.81m wide and has a height of 1.53m and a boot volume of 370 liters.
The exterior boasts modern LED daytime running lights around the fog lights, boomerage shaped tail lights and stylish 19″ wheels. The car’s interior is also really modern and driver oriented with a panoramic windshield, ambient lighting, a leather trim and a lot of chrome element.
The Citroën DS4 will come with a choice a five engines: three petrol units and two HDI Diesels. The petrol engines were developed in collaboration with BMW and customers could choose between a VTi 120, a THP 155 and a new THP 200. The THP 200 is actually based on a 1.6L engine and produces 200 PS/197 bhp and 275 Nm of torque with a CO2 emissions level of just 149 g/km.
The diesel units are an HDi 110 and an HDi 160. The HDi 110 will get a clever e-HDI system which includes a new Start & Stop system, second generation electronically controlled alternator and EGS with optimized gear changes. All these engines will be available with either manual or Electric Gearbox System (EGS) six speed gearboxes.
Citroen will premiere the Citroën DS4 at the Paris Motor Show later this month and the car will be launched on the market only in the second half of the next year.
Citroen has officially unveiled the Citroen DS3 R3, a racing version of the DS3 built to compete in Group R3T races that will go on sale later this year both as a kit and ready to race version.
The DS3 R3 comes with several upgrades meant to increase its handling, safety and of course, performances. The car features a roll cage, a tubular wishbone front suspension, a reinforced rear crossmember and a high performance braking system.
This racing ready DS3 version is powered by a 1.6L high pressure turbo engine with a 29mm turbo flange that complies to the class regulations. The only differences between this model and the normal DS3 are a couple of high performance parts such as a new air filter, camshaft, pistons, connecting rods and also an engine flywheel.
After these upgrades were made, the Citroen DS3 R3 is able to produce 210 bhp and 350 Nm of torque. This car’s engine is connected to a semi automatic transmission which is actually a first for a customer-racing car.
Citroen has officially revealed today the new 2011 Citroen C4, a refreshed version of the C4 that will be launched on the market early next year. The 2011 Citroen C4 was redesigned to be a bit sportier than its predecessor and it features a more aggressive front end with a sportier bumper, new front grille, different headlights and fog lights, a new apron and hood.
The 2011 model also received a couple of changes to its rear end where it comes with a completely new spoiler and new tail lights. The new model is 5cm longer, 2cm wider and 3cm taller than the current C4 and it will have a 408l boot which is one of the largest for a car of its size.
Citroen equipped this car with their new micro hybrid e-HDi powertrain that will feature Start & Stop technology and will emit only around 109 g/km of CO2. In terms of new technologies, the 2011 Citroen C4 will come with hill start assist, automatic electric parking brake, lane departure warning system, dual function directional headlamps, electronic gearbox system and other technologies meant to make driving easier and safer.
Citroen has announced that they will premiere the 2011 Citroen C4 at the Paris Motor Show in September and early next year it will be available on the market.
Citroen has unveiled a new spectacular and muscular concept car called Citroen Metropolis which pays homage to China’s extraordinary development and was created by the company’s international design team. The concept will be showcased at the Shanghai World Fair from 1st May to 31st October and balances environmental responsibility with luxurious comfort and driving pleasure.
The Citroen Metropolis features a plug-in hybrid drivetrain and Hydractive suspension and produces CO2 emissions of just 70g/km. The car’s powertrain consists of a 2.0L V6 petrol engine that develops 272 bhp and 375 Nm of torque and an electric motor that is able to produce 95 bhp taking the car to a total power output of 460 bhp and 430 Nm of torque.
The concept car’s body is 5.3m long, 2m wide and 1.4m high and Citroen fitted its powertain to a 7 speed dual clutch electronic transmission which drives power to all the car’s wheels.
Citroen teamed up with the UK’s market leading quality men’s magazine GQ to create the ultimate gentleman’s drive which was called GQ by Citroen. The GQbyCitroen concept was just unveiled at the Geneva Show and it was one of the most exciting automotive projects premiered at the 2010 Show.
GQ’s editor Dylan Jones and Citroen’s team headed by the man responsible for the new Citroen DS3 Mark Lloyd made a new approach to the GT theme and integrated it with a typical Citroen design. The GQbyCitroen combines classically sophisticated features and contemporary styling with a sculpted front end, rounded rear and strong body lines. Completing the car’s bespoke styling the interior is also really stylish with detailing and upholstery selections provided by Patrick Grant.
The GQbyCitroen concept is powered by a plug-in Hybrid with a 4 cylinder direct injection petrol engine that takes the car from 0 to 100 km/h in a bit over 4.5 seconds and to a top speed which was electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Citroen premiered the Citroen DS High Rider Design Study at Geneva, a concept car that is going to be the base-model for the new Citroen DS4 crossover that will be launched next year. The DS High Rider concept has a design inspired from the new DS3 and from the C-Sport Lounge concept which was unveiled a couple of years ago but it has a more muscular body.
Measuring 4.26 m long, 1.82 m wide and 1.48 m tall, the Citroen DS High Rider is based on the new C4’s platform and it’s wider and taller than the current C4 Coupe. This concept has a full diesel hybrid powertrain that combines a HDi engine which is located in the front area of the car with an electric motor placed on the rear axle.
This powertrain allows any combination of front, rear and all wheel drive with the front-wheel drive using the diesel engine engine, the rear wheel drive using only the electric motor and for the all wheel drive the diesel engine will work together with the electric motor.
The upcoming Citroen DS4 will come with gasoline and diesel engines and will probably feature a diesel hybrid system like this one since Citroen announced they are going to use this hybrid powertrain at some series models starting next year.