The finalists for the car award of the year 2019 were selected. The winner will be announced on the eve of the Geneva show in March.
These seven cars were selected by 60 jurors from all over Europe, who simply cite their seven major cars launched this year. Paul Horrell of Top Gear is one of the judges.
Car of the Year is the oldest and best known of all car awards. After a second round of directing and voting, the award goes to a single car, with no subclasses. Last year's winner was the Volvo XC40.
It's an interesting group of finalists this time, with the Alpine and the electric Jaguar I-Pace making an appearance.
The last time a sports car won, it was the Porsche 928 in 1978, so although the Alpine is well-liked, many jurors may consider it a bit minor.
The Jaguar could have more chances, as the previous winners include the Mk2 Prius, the Leaf and the Ampera, with the Tesla Model S and BMW i3 also doing well in their respective year.
Other shortlisters are more conventional. Three midsize hatchways, a family crossover and a larger hatch.
Jurors are all free to make a very personal judgment based on what they think is important about a car. Obviously, pricing issues vary by country and dynamics. What works well on say, Danish roads, does not always seem so good at saying English or Greek.
However, all judges are urged to give special emphasis to technical innovation and cost-effectiveness. Other considerations mentioned in the award rubric are "design, comfort, safety, economy, handling, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction and price."
Perhaps the most notable missing on the list is the new BMW 3 Series, which is eligible because of its sale date but which was not available for sufficient jury trial before the cut to the list of finalists.