International Awards



Europe          Japan          North America         World





European Car of the Year



Voted by 58 motoring writers from 22 European countries. Any cars on sale in at least 5 European countries that year and having expected annual production volume no less than 5,000 units can be nominated. This is recognised as the highest honour award for European cars. 

Comment: traditionally favours small cars and does no justice to premium and sports cars, but European COTY is still the most recognized award around the world because it has the best cars involved. Voters are sometimes national-biased, but even so they are open-minded enough to elect Nissan Micra and Toyota Yaris. Winning this award usually guarantees success, but sometimes not, e.g. Fiat Brava/o, Lancia Delta and, oh my God, NSU Ro 80.






2016    Opel Astra
2015    Volkswagen Passat
2014    Peugeot 308 Mk2
2013    Volkswagen Golf VII
2012    Chevrolet Volt / Opel Ampera
2011    Nissan Leaf
2010    Volkswagen Polo
2009    Opel Insignia
2008    Fiat 500
2007    Ford S-Max
2006    Renault Clio III
2005    Toyota Prius
2004    FIAT Panda
2003    Renault Megane II
2002    Peugeot 307
2001    Alfa Romeo 147
2000    Toyota Yaris
1999    Ford Focus
1998    Alfa Romeo 156
1997    Renault Scenic
1996    FIAT Brava / Bravo
1995    FIAT Punto
1994    Ford Mondeo
1993    Nissan Micra
1992    Volkswagen Golf III
1991    Renault Clio
1990    Citroen XM
1989    FIAT Tipo
1988    Peugeot 405
1987    Opel Omega
1986    Ford Granada
1985    Opel Kadett
1984    FIAT Uno
1983    Audi 100
1982    Renault 9
1981    Ford Escort
1980    Lancia Delta
1979    Simca-Chrysler Horizon
1978    Porsche 928
1977    Rover 3500
1976    Simca 1307-1308 (Chrysler Alpine)
1975    Citroen CX
1974    Mercedes 450
1973    Audi 80
1972    FIAT 127
1971    Citroen GS
1970    FIAT 128
1969    Peugeot 504
1968    NSU Ro80
1967    FIAT 124
1966    Renault 16
1965    Austin 1800
1964    Rover 2000
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2016: Opel Astra

1998: Alfa Romeo 156

1978: Porsche 928






Japanese Car of the Year



Voted by industry insiders in Japan. Originally only domestic cars were eligible, now it is opened to also import cars. 

Comment: in the country giving birth to Sony, high-tech cars are always preferred. Another finding: every generation of Civic seemed to be a default winner while Corolla - the best selling car there - never took an award. K-cars also seemed being ruled out.






2017    Subaru Impreza
2016    Mazda MX-5 / Roadster
2015    Mazda 2 / Demio
2014    Volkswagen Golf VII
2013    Mazda CX-5
2012    Nissan Leaf
2011    Honda CR-Z
2010    Toyota Prius
2009    Toyota iQ
2008    Honda Fit
2007    Lexus LS
2006    Mazda MX-5
2005    Honda Legend
2004    Subaru Legacy
2003    Honda Accord
2002    Honda Fit
2001    Honda Civic
2000    Toyota Vitz
1999    Toyota Altezza (Lexus IS)
1998    Toyota Prius
1997    Mitsubishi Galant
1996    Honda Civic
1995    Mitsubishi FTO
1994    Honda Accord
1993    Nissan March
1992    Honda Civic
1991    Mitsubishi Diamante
1990    Toyota Celsior (Lexus LS400)
1989    Honda Civic
1988    Mitsubishi Galant
1987    Nissan Pulsar
1986    Honda Accord
1985    Toyota MR2
1984    Honda Civic
1983    Mazda Capella (626)
1982    Toyota Soarer
1981    Mazda Familia (323)
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2017: Subaru Impreza

1985: Toyota MR2





North American Car of the Year



This is the highest honour award in USA, voted by a group of 48 top motoring journalists from American and Canadian magazines, newspapers, news agencies, radio and television. Normally announced in the North America Auto Show. Truck of the Year is also elected alongside COTY. 

Comment: this is a rather new award, but it becomes decreasingly important as America builds more trucks than cars now. They don't have much choices.






2017    Chevrolet Bolt
2016    Honda Civic Mk10
2015    Volkswagen Golf VII
2014    Chevrolet Corvette Stingray
2013    Cadillac ATS
2012    Hyundai Elantra

2011    Chevrolet Volt
2010    Ford Fusion Hybrid
2009    Hyundai Genesis
2008    Chevrolet Malibu
2007    Saturn Aura
2006    Honda Civic
2005    Chrysler 300
2004    Toyota Prius
2003    Mini
2002    Nissan Altima
2001    Chrysler PT Cruiser
2000    Ford Focus
1999    Volkswagen New Beetle
1998    Chevrolet Corvette C5
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2017: Chevrolet Bolt





World Car of the Year



Established in as late as 2005, World Car of the Year award has yet to get the global recognition it intended. One of the reasons is its failure to get the biggest-selling motoring publications involved. Theoretically, the juror panel consisting of 58 motoring journalists from 3 continents (Asia, Europe and America) and 22 countries should represent a fair judgement. However, not many of them are well known. Most of them are either free-lance writers or working in less significant publications.

Cars eligible for WCOTY election shall be on sale in at least 2 continents and 5 countries. As car makers often launch cars in different continents at different times, the winners of WCOTY award could be one year delayed compared with ECOTY, JCOTY or NACOTY.





2016    Mazda MX-5
2015    Mercedes C-class
2014    Audi A3
2013    Volkswagen Golf VII
2012    Volkswagen Up
2011    Nissan Leaf
2010    Volkswagen Polo
2009    Volkswagen Golf VI
2008    Mazda 2 (Demio)
2007    Lexus LS460
2006    BMW 3-Series
2005    Audi A6
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2016: Mazda MX-5





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