Car of the Year

Car of the Year, English Car of the Year ( COTY short ), is a since the 1950s of journalists used term and a subsequent annual award for best automobile. Typically, a jury of journalists awarded such an award.

  • 2.1 Wheels Car of the Year
  • 2.2 Australia's Best Cars
  • 2.3 Car of the Year Japan
  • 2.4 RJC Car of the Year
  • 2.5 Korean Car of the Year
  • 3.1 European Car of the Year, Car of the Year
  • 3.2 The Golden Steering Wheel
  • 3.3 The Yellow Angels
  • 3.4 Irish Car of the Year


World Car Awards

The award World Car of the Year, Car of the Year German, French Prix mondial de la Voiture de l' année is oriented to the world market. It was awarded in February 2005 for the first time. About 50 journalists from 25 countries to assess cars that are sold on at least two continents. Later Awards in the categories of Performance Car, Green Car and Car Design were introduced. In the categories Green Car and Car Design special experts draw up a shortlist. Among the many years of senior stakeholders, which appointed the jury, including the journalist John McCormick, Gerry Malloy and Jens Meiners. The other resident in Germany and published jurors are Stefan Anker, Thomas Geiger, Yoshihro Kimura and Jürgen Zöllter. France is represented by only a journalist, not by Stephan Schätzl Austria and Switzerland. Most jurors are resident in the UK, North America and Asia.

Previous winners

Asia and Australia

Wheels Car of the Year

Founded in 1953 Australian Wheels magazine awarded by a jury selected reviews since 1963, the award for Car of the Year produced vehicle in Australia and since 1977 also for imported vehicle models.

Australia's Best Cars

The seven largest automobile clubs in Australia ( NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RAC, RACT and Aant ) elected annually since 2000 in 15 different categories Australia 's Best Cars.

2013 following vehicles have been awarded:

  • Best light car: Renault Clio TCe 120 Expression
  • Best small car under $ 35,000 A: Hyundai i30 Active
  • Best small car over $ 35,000 A: Audi A3 1.4 TFSI Sportback COD
  • Best medium car under $ 50,000 A: Mazda6 Touring Sedan
  • Best medium car over $ 50,000 A: BMW 320i
  • Best large car under $ 50,000 A: Holden Commodore
  • Best large car over $ 50,000 A: Lexus GS350 F Sport
  • People mover: Hyundai iMax CRDi
  • Best Sports Car under $ 50,000 A: VW Golf VII GTI
  • Best sports car between 50,000 and 100,000 $ A: BMW M135i
  • Best SUV under $ 45,000 A: Subaru Forester 2.5i
  • Best SUV 45000-65000 $ A: Hyundai Santa Fe Highlander
  • Best luxury SUV over $ 65,000 A: Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI
  • Best all terrain 4WD under $ 100,000 A: Land Rover Discovery 4 TDV6
  • Best light 4x4 dual cab ute ( pickup): Ford Ranger XL

Car of the Year Japan

The existing since 1980 annual award Car of the Year Japan or Japan Car of the Year ( JCOTY ) is used by journalists for Japanese vehicles. With the Japan Import Car of the Year, the imported vehicles from other countries will be awarded.

RJC Car of the Year

Since 1992, the Automotive awards Researchers ' and Journalists' Conference of Japan ( RJC ) also awards annually in the Car of the Year for Japanese models, and since 2001 also for imported models as Import Car of the Year.

Korean Car of the Year

Journalists of the Korea Automobile Journalists Association ( Kaja ) awarded annually award Korean Car of the Year. In this case, approximately 16 finalists will be chosen from over 60 domestic and imported vehicles.


European Car of the Year, Car of the Year

Seven European magazines form the jury and awarded since the fall of 1963 every year the award for one of each new car series.

You can choose between the newly introduced into the market models of the past twelve months, and the choice is made by journalists who are selected by the magazines in Europe. Germany, France, Great Britain, Italy and Spain are more strongly represented than other countries. Each voter has 25 points available, of which he can be awarded a maximum of 10 for a single vehicle. Technical innovations and a favorable price- performance ratio should be particularly important criteria. Among the founders of the award belongs to the German weekly magazine Stern.

The Golden Steering Wheel

Since 1976, the German tabloid Bild awards on Sunday (since 2009 in cooperation with car image ), the annual award Golden Steering Wheel. The awarding of the prize is the responsibility of doing the evaluation by journalists or readers, but is left to professionals, racers and prominent drivers who make in two days of testing your own review. The British sister magazine Auto Express also publishes its own award.

The Yellow Angel

The German automobile club ADAC awarded since 2004 in different categories to Auto "Yellow Angel ".

  • Category: Family car ( model ); exists since 2012 and is based primarily on the individual criteria " child safety ", " seats " and " boot volume " ADAC Autotest with a target group check.
  • Category: city car ( specific model ); based primarily on the individual criteria " clarity and all-round view ", " CO2 emissions " "" in the city on the basis of their own EcoTests, and " Vehicle length " and " width of the vehicle ."
  • Category: Travel Limousine ( specific model ); based primarily on the individual criteria "reach", " loading or tank time" and " suspension comfort ." Vehicles with a sale price of over 50,000 euros or a CO2 emissions of 130 g / km will not be awarded.
  • Category: Eco - car ( specific model ); based on its proprietary ADAC EcoTest and awarded vehicles with the lowest pollutant emissions.
  • Category: Quality ( model ); based on the existing since 1977 ADAC breakdown statistics. Not considered to be vehicles of model series that are older than six years and did not even reach at least 10,000 new registrations within three years of the year.
  • Category: Favourite car ( model ); After a pre-selection based on the data of the ADAC customer barometer ( a representative online survey of more than 20,000 motorists in Germany ) can only ADAC members will participate in the annual vote and choose from ten model series the most popular car.
  • Category: brand, brand valuation since 2001, based on the December evaluation of the ADAC AutoMarxX ( ADAC breakdown statistics and the club magazine surveys ). Marks without a sufficient market relevance in Germany are not considered.
  • Category: Innovation and the Environment; Award to production-ready innovations, for example for modern fuel-saving techniques and control and safety systems of institutions, associations or companies. Determined by a jury consisting of the President of the Automobile Association, VDA, the President of the German Academy of Science and Engineering ( acatech), the Chairman of the National Platform for Electric Mobility ( NPE), the President of the Central Association of the German Automotive Industry ( ZDK ) and the ADAC President and the two ADAC Vice President of Technology and Communication.
  • Category: personality; Award since 2005 by the ADAC Bureau to an outstanding personality in the field of transport, mobility or automobile. Among previously the CEO of several German car manufacturers were honored.

On January 18, 2014, the Communications Director of ADAC and chief editor of the newspaper members ADAC, Michael Ramstetter, resigned over allegations of manipulation in the award of the car price. After that, there should have been at the excellent on January 16, 2014 favorite car VW Golf, according to the Süddeutsche Zeitung, only 3,409 votes instead of the mentioned in a document ADAC 34 299 votes. According to the ADAC Ramstetter have multiplied the number of votes, but does not change the ranking of the winners. On January 22, 2014 it was announced by the ADAC President Peter Meyer, that the car price will no longer be awarded in the future.

Irish Car of the Year

In Ireland, the Irish Car of the Year Award is awarded annually since 1978 by the Irish Motoring Writers Association ( IMWA ).

North America

North American Car of the Year ( NACOTY )

The vehicle Award, North American Car of the Year is awarded annually since 1994 in early January at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. Approximately 50 automotive journalists from the U.S. and Canada nominate in a first step different cars and trucks. In a second step, a vehicle will be chosen from each class. In this review, the journalists who work for magazines, television and radio, innovation, design, safety, handling and price.

International Car of the Year ( ICOTY )

The award International Car of the Year ( ICOTY ) was created in January 1997 was also at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The U.S. magazine Road & Travel Magazine awards since the price of new vehicles sold in the U.S. and rated not after ten evaluation criteria, the engine performance or driveability, but the personality, style and the emotional bond between the customer and the vehicle.

2014 following vehicles have been awarded:

  • Car of the Year: Kia Cadenza
  • Truck of Year: Chevrolet Silverado
  • Earth, Wind & Power Car of the Year: Toyota Corolla
  • Earth, Wind & Power Truck of the Year: Audi Q5

2013 following vehicles have been awarded:

  • Car of the Year: Kia Optima
  • Truck of Year: Ford C -MAX
  • Earth, Wind & Power Car of the Year: Dodge Dart (2013 )
  • Earth, Wind & Power Truck of the Year: Volvo XC60

Canadian Car of the Year ( CCOTY )

The award will be given for various categories each year since 1985 from the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada ( AJAC ). Journalists test in different teams every year up to 180 vehicle models after 21 separate assessment parameters, including acceleration, braking, driving dynamics, agility, safety and boot volume and on the model, off-road capability. Here, points are summarized from 0-10 in a rating scale. The valuations are carried out by secret ballot and will be evaluated confidentially by the international accounting firm KPMG.

2013 following vehicles were awarded:

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