Shockingly Incompetent Automotive Journalists Are Selecting European Automotive Of The 12 months 2023


The crème de la crème of European automotive journalists have made a shortlist for the 2023 European Automotive of the 12 months competitors, demonstrating that they’re a bunch of shockingly incompetent automotive journalists. What they did was take a look at buggies to compete with the T-Ford out there a century in the past — in a second when each nicely knowledgeable market observer knew that the horse was being changed by the engine.

Jeep Avenger — MHEV and BEV

Jeep Avenger

Kia Niro — HEV, PHEV, and BEV

Kia Niro BEV

Nissan Ariya — BEV

Nissan Ariya

Peugeot 408 — FFV and PHEV

Peugeot 408

Renault Austral — MHEV and HEV

Renault Austral

Subaru Solterra/Toyota bZ4X — BEV

Toyota bZ4X

VW ID.Buzz — BEV

Volkswagen ID. Buzz

From the web site of is the next quote: “In deciding on the automotive of the 12 months they use the next standards: design, consolation, security, financial system, dealing with, efficiency, performance, environmental necessities, driver satisfaction, and value. Technical innovation and worth for cash are notably vital components.” (Daring emphasis added by this creator.)

To summarize this in an easy-to-understand listing, sorted by that notably vital issue:

  1. Nissan Ariya — BEV
  2. Subaru Solterra /Toyota bZ4X — BEV
  3. VW ID.Buzz — BEV
  4. Jeep Avenger — MHEV and BEV
  5. Kia Niro — HEV, PHEV, and BEV
  6. Peugeot 408 — FFV and PHEV
  7. Renault Austral — MHEV and HEV

Solely three could be referred to as modern-architecture-car-technology fashions. Two fashions are primarily based on transitional expertise, with each a tailpipe model and a battery electrical model. The final two are simply yesteryear’s expertise. The journalists present that they assume a horse-drawn buggy is a worthwhile competitor to the Ford Mannequin-T and all the opposite engine-powered vehicles. That is over a decade after the brand new expertise was demonstrated to be higher and even after the regulators and plenty of OEMs themselves declared the fossil gas burners a expertise of the previous, a expertise that must be deserted as quick as doable.

Any mannequin with a tailpipe must be disqualified for utilizing yesterday’s expertise. That might take away the Peugeot 408 and Renault Austral from the listing. The Jeep Avenger and Kia Niro ought to solely be judged on the BEV variations of the fashions. Utilizing an outdated shared platform is just not actually modern expertise, it’s upgraded outdated expertise to bridge the time wanted to develop fashionable expertise.

That leaves the Nissan Ariya, Toyota bZ4X, and VW ID.Buzz as contenders utilizing modern expertise.

The Toyota bZ4X is extra a small sequence pilot mission than a severe mass market product from the world’s largest carmaker. These sort of area of interest merchandise from startups have been accepted as contenders prior to now, however Toyota is hardly a startup, even within the totally electrical automotive market. It’s simply late to the social gathering. In my eyes, this qualifies for a 3rd place at finest.

That leaves the Volkswagen ID.Buzz and Nissan Ariya as severe contenders for the European Automotive Of The 12 months award chosen by 61 journalists from 23 international locations. That may be a very quick shortlist. They need to have used technical innovation as a situation to be included within the shortlist.

The ID.Buzz is lengthy awaited by many followers of the outdated hippie bus. It’s a nostalgic product that provides good worth for cash. It’s constructed on the MEB platform, identical to a dozen different fashions of the Volkswagen Group. Not model new expertise, however the platform is evolving and seeing enhancements.

The Nissan Ariya is the primary mannequin utilizing the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi-Alliance CMF-EV platform. That makes it my first alternative when weighting solely the usage of modern expertise. There are eleven different standards, although, making the competitors between the ID.Buzz and the Ariya actually fascinating.

The jurors don’t award factors for each situation. They every distribute their 25 factors over the 7 candidates with a most of 10 and a minimal of 0. It’s primarily based on their very private opinion, and generally a bit on nationwide satisfaction.

The results of this contest will likely be introduced in an award ceremony on the Brussels Motor Present on Friday, January thirteenth.

Many of those journalists are clearly out of contact with the present automotive market in transition to completely electrical driving. And it’s not the primary time they demonstrated this.

Wanting on the longlist of candidates, it was not from lack of fine selections that this shortlist was full of 5 undeserving candidates. There have been greater than two nice modern new fashions to select from.

  1. Alfa Romeo Tonale
  2. BAIC EU5
  3. BMW X1/iX1
  4. BMW i7
  5. BYD Tang
  6. Citroën C5 X
  7. Dacia Jogger
  8. DFSK Collection 5
  9. Ferrari 296 GTB
  10. Ferrari Purosangue
  11. Hongqi E-HS9
  12. Honda Civic
  13. Jeep “B-SUV”
  14. Jeep Grand Cherokee
  15. Kia Niro
  16. Kia Sportage
  17. Land Rover Vary Rover/ Land Rover Vary Rover Sport
  18. Lexus RZ
  19. Lotus Emira
  20. Lucid Air
  21. Maserati Grecale
  22. Mazda CX-60
  23. McLaren Artura
  24. Mercedes-Benz GLC
  25. Mercedes-EQ EQE
  26. Mercedes-AMG SL
  27. MG 4 28. MG 5
  28. Nio ES8
  29. Nio ET7
  30. Nissan Ariya
  31. Nissan X-Path
  32. Opel/Vauxhall Astra
  33. Ora Cat
  34. Peugeot 408
  35. Renault Austral
  36. Good #1
  37. Subaru Solterra/Toyota bZ4X
  38. Toyota Aygo X
  39. Toyota Corolla Cross
  40. Toyota GR86
  41. Vinfast VF8
  42. Vinfast VF9
  43. Volkswagen ID. Buzz
  44. Xpeng P5

What do you assume must be the seven finalists for the official European Automotive Of The 12 months 2023 award?


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