The jury, which regularly elects the European Car of the Year each year, has announced seven finalists, among whom it will decide the winner for 2022. Among the seven cars, there are six electric cars, only one car is conventional with internal combustion engines. An electric car from Škoda Auto, model Enyaq, also wants to fight for the championship.
The final seven in the European Car of the Year 2022 (COTY) poll fully shows the trend of electromobility. Six cars are purely electric, only one is conventional with internal combustion engines.
This is Peugeot with the new generation of the 308 model, which is offered with both petrol and diesel engines. Other cars in the alphabetical order are Cupra Born, Ford Mustang Mach-E, Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Renault Megane E-Tech, the last electric finalist is the Škoda Enyaq iV.
Last year, only two electric cars, the Fiat 500e and the Volkswagen ID.3, reached the final seven. The Toyota Yaris eventually won the International Car of the Year in 2021, and the Škoda Octavia finished fifth. After all, Škoda never won the COTY title, although it made it to the final group several times, for the first time with the Felicia model in 1996.
The Car of the Year (COTY) professional poll has been running without interruption since 1963. The jury currently consists of 60 members from 23 countries, mainly in Western and Central Europe. The Czech Republic has had one representative at COTY since 1993, always the editor-in-chief of Automobil magazine. Since 2016, Jiří Duchoň has been elected for the Czech Republic.