And The Winner Of The 2018 European Car Of The Year Award Is…

Volvo’s first foray in the premium compact SUV segment, the XC40, has just been voted the 2018 European Car of the Year by a jury comprised of 60 motoring journalists from 23 countries. The announcement was made right before the Geneva Motor Show opens its gates to the Press.

The all-new XC40 got 325 votes, which placed it cpmfortably ahead of the Seat Ibiza and the BMW 5-Series that ended up in second and third place with 242 and 226 points respectively.

Remarkably, while the XC90 and XC60 won the North America Truck/Utility of The Year award in the past two years, this is the first time a Volvo wins the ECOTY and the brand’s President and CEO, Hakan Samuelsson, was justifiably jubilant.

“Winning this award with our new XC40 is perfect timing,” he said. “Volvo now has three globally available SUVs in its range for the first time. The XC40 will be a strong contributor to further growth, taking us into a new and fast-growing small SUV segment.”

The XC40 is the first model built on the new compact modular vehicle architecture (CMA) that was co-developed with Volvo owner Geely and will underpin all upcoming cars in the 40 Series, including all-electric models.

“We have a clear strategy for growth and we are committed to leading in automotive safety, connectivity services and electrification,” Samuelsson added. “The XC40 reflects that commitment, and looking at the response from our customers and from the COTY jury here today, we are on the right track.”

The rest of the finalists in the 2018 ECOTY contest were the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, Citroen C3 Aircross and Kia Stinger, which were chosen from a preliminary list of no less than 37 models.

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  • Jp

    I think that Volvo deserves it. They are ahead of the game with their lineup of SUV already including PHEV variants and perfectly in line with the current European market. Nice job!

  • Marty

    Volvo really deserves some kind of recognition for what they have achieved since they escaped Ford.
    I have no idea if the XC40 deserves this (it probably does), but it makes me happy.

  • Belthronding

    Here we go volvo!

  • Thomas

    Not a desirable car.

    • Mr_Fanta_Pants

      To you.

      • smartacus

        to anyone with taste

  • THE ONLY UGLY VOLVO.

  • Christian

    I bet the Russians had a finger or too in this! HELL NO HELL NO, that the BMW lost…

    XC40 IS NOT MY WINNA, XC40 IS NOT MY CAR OF THE YEAR, everybody join us! WE WILL NOT DIVIDE US!

    • ErnieB

      But this is what the artsy left Millennial would drive.. so there you go!

      • Christian

        Nah mate nah mate! Kim Jung Il drove that one from the 80’s!

    • Someone forget to take his medicine.

      • Christian

        Hey, Zenvo is out thou!

  • ErnieB

    Very proud of Volvo!!! They have made such leaps in design!

  • alexxx

    No surprise really….

  • Will this translate in sales? it remains to be seen but with Geely money, Volvo has transformed for good.

  • YUDHA BAGASKARA

    well deserved, but bmw should come 2nd

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