CONTENDERS FOR CAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2012







Published by Gerald Ferreira Date: November 24, 2011
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New car ‘Oscars’ on January 11, 2012

For the first time ever, What Car? has revealed the cars in contention for its coveted Car of the Year Awards, which will take place on Wednesday, January 11.

Between now and the prestigious ceremony, What Car?’s judges will deliberate, debate and determine the cars that are to be presented with the sought-after awards, which cover 13 individual car categories and one overall winner.

What Car? editor-in-chief Chas Hallett said: “The decision-making process this year is going to be harder than ever, because the automotive industry keeps building better, more economical and more desirable cars that offer consumers great value for money.  The objective of the annual What Car? Awards is to let our readers know the best car in every class.

“The final decision is far from settled and many more miles of driving and hours of controversial discussions will take place between now and January 11.”

2012 WHAT CAR? CAR OF THE YEAR

THE LONGLIST

CITY CAR – NEW CATEGORY FOR 2012SPONSORED BY WARRANTY DIRECT
Fiat 500
Hyundai i10
Kia Picanto
Seat Mii
Skoda Citigo
Volkswagen Up
COUPE
Audi A5
Audi TT – last year’s winner
BMW 3 Series Coupé
BMW 6 Series
Jaguar XK
Mini Coupé
Volkswagen Scirocco
SUPERMINI
SPONSORED BY METRO
Audi A1 – last year’s winner
Chevrolet Aveo
Ford Fiesta
Hyundai i20
Kia Rio
Renault Clio
Volkswagen Polo
OPEN TOP
Audi A3 Cabriolet
Audi TT Roadster
Bentley Continental GTC
BMW 6 Series Convertible
BMW Z4 – last year’s winner
Mazda MX-5
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet
Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet
SMALL FAMILY CAR
BMW 1 Series
Chevrolet Volt
Ford Focus
Hyundai i30
Nissan Leaf
Skoda Octavia
Vauxhall Ampera
Vauxhall Astra GTC
Volkswagen Golf – last year’s winner
PERFORMANCE CAR
SPONSORED BY COBRA
Audi R8 Spyder
BMW M5
Ferrari 458 Italia – last year’s winner
Lamborghini Aventador
Lotus Evora
McLaren MP4-12C
Porsche 911
Porsche Cayman R
FAMILY CAR
SPONSORED BY THULE
Ford Mondeo – last year’s winner
Mazda 6
Mercedes-Benz B-Class
Peugeot 508
Skoda Superb
Volkswagen Passat
SUV – NEW CATEGORY FOR 2012
SPONSORED BY CARBON NEUTRAL INVESTMENTS
Audi Q3
BMW X3
Hyundai Santa Fe
Land Rover Discovery
Nissan Qashqai
Peugeot 3008
Range Rover Evoque
ESTATE
Audi A6 Avant
BMW 5 Series Touring
Ford Focus Estate
Ford Mondeo Estate – last year’s winner
Hyundai i40 Tourer
Mercedes-Benz E-Class Estate
Skoda Octavia Estate
Volkswagen Passat Estate
EXECUTIVE CAR
SPONSORED BY MONDIAL ASSISTANCE
Audi A6
Audi A7 Sportback
BMW 3 Series
BMW 5 Series
Citroën DS5
Jaguar XF – last year’s winner
Mercedes-Benz C-Class
Porsche Panamera
MPV
Citroën C3 Picasso
Ford Galaxy
Ford S-Max
Peugeot 5008
Renault Grand Scénic
Seat Alhambra – last year’s winner
Volkswagen Sharan
LUXURY CAR
SPONSORED BY COBRA
Audi A8
Bentley Mulsanne
Jaguar XJ
Mercedes-Benz S-Class – last year’s winner
Range Rover
Rolls-Royce Phantom
HOT HATCH
Mini Cooper S
Renault Clio Renaultsport Cup
Renault Mégane Renaultsport Cup – last year’s winner
Renault Twingo Renaultsport Cup
Suzuki Swift Sport
Volkswagen Golf GTI
LOW-CARBON AWARD
SPONSORED BY HANKOOK
Alfa Romeo – biggest improvement in CO2 in the past year
BMW – new 3 Series and 520d Efficient Dynamics
Fiat – lowest CO2 range average
General Motors – range-extender technology
Kia – Rio 1.1 CRDi 85g/km
Nissan Leaf – last year’s winner
Porsche – lowest average CO2 per 100bhp
SAFETY AWARD
SPONSORED BY GREEN FLAG
SECURITY AWARD
SPONSORED BY TRACKER

The 2012 What Car? Awards will be held at the
Grosvenor House, Park Lane, London, on January 11, 2012