New Peugeot 308 is the European Car of the Year 2014, BMW i3 Comes in Second Place

The results are out for the European 2014 Car of the Year contest and the award goes to the new Peugeot 308 compact that’s currently available in hatchback and Estate forms, making it the fourth model from the French brand to win the title after the 307 (2002), 405 (1988) and 504 (1969).

A jury of 58 journalists representing 22 European countries gave Peugeot’s Ford Focus and VW Golf challenger a total of 307 points, placing it well ahead of the next two cars in the list, both of which were electric, the BMW i3 with 225 points and the Tesla Model S with 216 points.

The final group of seven candidates also included the funky-looking Citroen C4 Picasso compact minivan with 182 points, the Mazda3 compact with 180 points, the Skoda Octavia series with 172 points and last, but not least, the Mercedes-Benz S-Class that received 170 points.

After collecting the award from Hakan Matson, the President of the jury, Maxime Picat, Director General of Automobiles Peugeot commented:

“With the new Peugeot 308, we were convinced that we had achieved a leap in concept, technology and quality and which would soon allow it a place on the podium for the category in Europe. The prestigious 2014 ‘Car of the Year’ award, which I receive today on behalf of everyone at Peugeot who has contributed towards the development and launch of the award winning new 308, is the best confirmation of this.”

By John Halas


SEVEN FINALISTS

Peugeot 308 – 307 Points –
BMW i3 – 223 Points
Tesla Model S – 216 Points
Citroen C4 Picasso -182 Points

Mazda3 –180 Points
Skoda Octavia – 172 Points
Mercedes-Benz S-Class- 170 Points

30 NOMINEES

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Citroen C4 Picasso
Ford EcoSport
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Land Rover Range Rover Sport
Lexus IS
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Mazda3
Mercedes-Benz S-Class
Mitsubishi Space Star
Nissan Note
Opel Cascada
Peugeot 2008
Peugeot 308
Porsche Cayman
Renault Captur
Renault Zoe
Seat Leon
Skoda Octavia Mk3
Subaru Forester
Suzuki SX4
Tesla Model S
Toyota Auris
Toyota Corolla
Toyota RAV4

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