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.