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View Poll Results: COTY 2007
Kia Cee'd 1 2.13%
Fiat 500 35 74.47%
Mercedes-Benz C-class 2 4.26%
Peugeot 308 0 0%
Fordo Mondeo 5 10.64%
Mazda 2 0 0%
Nissan Squashfly 1 2.13%
Other (why on earth isn't this a contender!) 3 6.38%
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AO v COTY 2007

I thought it might be interesting to see how aligned AO forum members are with the 60 or so European "judges" determining which car gets the 2007 "accolade".

TBH - only the diminutive Fiat would get a second glance from me.
Let's see how the results pan out I've added other for any blindingly obvious omissions.

123-Ceed-t.jpgKia Cee'd - This must lose due to its rediculous name!
500-t.jpgFiat 500
2008_Mercedes_C_17-t.jpgMercedes-Benz C-class
Leaked_Peugeot_308_1-t.jpgPug 308
mazda2-2-big-t.jpgMazda 2
news_ford20207-t.jpgMondeo
nissan-qashqai-today-0-t.jpgNissan Qashqai (see Kia comment )
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You just know the Fiat is going to get it !!
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Well, test drove that Nissan thingy and for the price and what it is, it's got my vote.

Sadly No CEED, 500, 308, Mazda 2 or Mondeo in SA
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You just know the Fiat is going to get it !!
The little 500 is easily the most 'desirable' (that wouldn't be too difficult out of that lot tho ) but is it the 'best'....?

What about the Bravo?
And is the pug in there just to keep the french judges happy???
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I love the 500. Saw one at the ace cafe last week and it looks the business.
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Yep the 500 for me too
About time the over-priced BMW Mini has competition
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You just know the Fiat is going to get it !!
Early days Mr Nomad - but I think (hope) you may be right!
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Well when you see the way the press have been waxing lyrical about it they're bound to make the vote go it's way !!

Lets see if AOers agree !!
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I'd like to see the Fiat get it in one way as it is cute. On the other hand it is an even more cynical piece of retro-chic marketing than the new Mini.

I'm voting Mondeo, not because I like Ford's (which I don't) but because it is a big leap forward in build and dynamics and is the more significant car in the wider marketplace.


CoTY nearly always goes to a volume-sellling product too IIRC.
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It has to be the 500.
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Italian = Stylish!
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Fiat 500, none of the others have any Class.
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I voted for the Fiat because it is a very good little car as well as a fashion statement.

My second choice would be the Mazda 2 because Mazda engineers managed to keep its weight really low and its size under 4m and still provide a spacious interior.

The Merc seems like a really nice car but it is too high-end to be COTY.

The KIA is a very good effort but it is IMO still too early for the Koreans to win a COTY contest.

The Mondeo is a heavy american-styled barge with weak engines.

The Nissan Qashqai is a SUV lookalike, case closed.

The Pug looks like a cross between a smiling cat and a sleeping rhino.

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Anyone who voted Ford should not be reading this
 
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It seems to me that most of the cars there are just the latest evolutionary developments of cars that already exist and don't significantly move the game on.

So the Kia, Peugeot, Ford, Mercedo's and Nissan all get the Ralf S. boot.

Of the remaining two, the Fiat 500 is a re-bodied Panda and superficially just a fashion statement. The Mazda is more significant as it is (so Mazda claim) the first car to halt the trend of heavier and bigger replacements, as exemplified by the previous 5 contenders.

C-o-t-Y has to be something both significant and special (though that didn't stop the Renoort Laguna winning it! ) so which of the two finalists will be the most significant car when we look back in years to come...?

I see the Mazda as a modern-day Citroen AX. The smaller/lighter approah MAY catch on.. it's certainly commendable.. but I think the more significant is the Fiat. It takes the smaller, cheaper more environmentally friendly car we will all be driving more of in years to come and it wraps it up in a desirable, iconic and fashionable package. I think it will be something we see much more of in years to come.. small cars, built to satisfy the iPod generation.. smart, funky, desirable and sexy (at a price).

Mazda 2 is a welcome move.. but the Fiat 500 does it so much better... and will be the one that everyone remembers.


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Don't know - I haven't driven any of them

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And the Fiat 500 wins it


BTW, it's for Car of the Year 2008 not 2007
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Merc C, Quashqui, Mondeo and Fiat have all had excellent reviews.

Don't see the Merc winning because premium cars seldom do, Quashqui is doubtful because it looks like a 4x4 and judges would have trouble endorsing something that doesn't look green (whether it is or isn't is another matter alltogether), so Mundano and Fiat must be the hot favourites. They'll go for the Fiat simply because it's gonna sell by the bucketload.
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Official announcement is on Monday but the 500 has won, so say insiders
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And the Fiat 500 wins it


BTW, it's for Car of the Year 2008 not 2007
Are you sure Mr M? I know you're in a future timezone but most of us are still enjoying 2007

And ofcourse, you're right - the little 500 won
"Normally, 8k cars aren't desirable. This one changes the rules. And that's why it's our 2007 () Car of the year"


MOTY (Man of the Year ) was won by the boy Hamilton (quelle surprise)

Some fantastic photos in this edition (as always a high standard in this mag). Another gushing review of the 8c after having driven it round Balocco. Has there been a bad word said yet???

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2008 mate
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Okay, who let the 5 Mondeo owners in
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The 500. The Ceed is a good car though, if you're not into cars that is. The sales / care package is amazing.
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Re: AO v COTY 2007

The 500 is officially the Car of the Year.

Scored 385 out of a maximum 580 (58 judges awarding up to 10 points) which is pretty phenomenal when you think about it.

The Ford / Mazda 2 also got a lot of votes in second place (contrasting with the AO "nil points")


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