Which will be the successor to the Volvo XC40, the sacred Car of the Year 2018? Sixty european journalists of the jury, car of the year in which a member of the editorial board of the Figaro comes to proceed to a first vote to appoint the seven vehicles vying for the title of 2019. This year, thirty-eight models met the criteria required to compete for the title coveted car of the year.
Become a secure value in the market, the SUV, which accounted for the majority of thirty-eight vehicles are the biggest losers in this election. A single SUV figure in the final. The German models, which accounted for fifteen of the thirty-eight of the vehicles in the game, are the other major losers of this election. The Mercedes A-Class is the only representative of German industry if one considers that the manufacturer Ford whose Focus is among the finalists, is an american citizen. The low representation of our neighbours beyond the Rhine seems to be the result of the impossibility, for most of the members of the jury, to have been able to try out the latest novelties of the brands Audi (A1, A6, Q3, Q8), and BMW (3 Series, X4, X5). This is the first time in a long time that no brand of the Volkswagen group does not figure in the final. In the case of the parent, the year 2018 has been relatively quiet and his great offensive will begin next year with the arrival of the small SUV T-Cross, a new generation of the Golf, the facelift of the Passat and the entry into the fray of the ID, its first electric car of new generation. The only electric model in the final is the Jaguar I-Pace, the first model of the family to be come to challenge Tesla on its land.
A year after winning over the jury with his overland sports Stinger, Kia is once again competing with the new generation of its compact sedan Ceed.
But, what truly are the French brands that have been voted on by the jury this year, as three of their models are in the final. This is the Alpine A110, Citroen C5 Aircross and the Peugeot 508. The presence of the Alpine is already a first victory for the Renault group has made a bold re-launch of this legendary brand stopped for twenty years. It is a testimony of the importance that the journalists of the jury to provide the driving pleasure and sensations. As for the two models of PSA based on the same platform, they illustrate the new positioning of the Citroën and Peugeot. Like many models soon on the market, they will benefit from a program of electrification.
The seven cars that come to be designated will be once again subject to the expertise of the jury in the course of the month of February next, on the slopes of CERAM, located in Mortefontaine, north of Paris. The results of the election of the car of the year 2019 will be announced publicly on Monday, 4 march 2019, on the eve of the opening of the Geneva motor show.
Alpine Has 110
Citroen C5 Aircross
Mercedes A Class