WHAT CAR? Re­veals Short­list of Cars Bat­tling for 2017 Car of the Year Crown

Over­all Car of the Year and cat­e­gory win­ners to be re­vealed on Jan­uary 11 2017 Bat­tle com­mences be­tween 43 new­com­ers for the pres­ti­gious Car of the Year ti­tle SUV ex­plo­sion means 13 SUVs short­listed, in­clud­ing fi ve brands’ fi rst SUVs

The Oban Times - - Motor -

What Car? has an­nounced the short­list of 43 all- new cars that will bat­tle for the over­all ti­tle of Car of the Year 2017 at the an­nual awards cer­e­mony on Jan­uary 11.

The over­all Car of the Year award will be given to the best new­comer on the au­to­mo­tive scene with a di­verse spec­trum of tal­ented new cars com­pet­ing for the top prize, from the nim­ble Ford Ka+ city car to the likes of the lux­u­ri­ous Mercedes-Benz S- Class Cabri­o­let.

UK buy­ers con­tinue to drive an ex­plo­sion in the SUV seg­ment and no fewer than 13 new SUVs are also in line for the Car of the Year tro­phy, in­clud­ing the first SUVs from Seat, Jaguar, Bent­ley, Maserati and Tesla.

The ex­pert team of What Car? judges en­sure only the cars that de­liver on all fronts from driv­ing dy­nam­ics and in­te­rior qual­ity to re­fine­ment and value for money make the fi­nal list.

The win­ner from the 43-strong short­list will suc­ceed the Audi A4 which took the prize in 2016 and will be named along­side in­di­vid­ual cat­e­gory win­ners and the win­ner of the Reader Award, the most ex­cit­ing car of 2017 as voted for by the pub­lic.

What Car? ed­i­tor Steve Hunt­ing­ford said: ‘Over the past 12 months, the global au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try has de­liv­ered noth­ing short of ex­cel­lence, pro­duc­ing new cars that are ever more ap­peal­ing as well as safer and bet­ter for the en­vi­ron­ment.

‘Al­though we also await the an­nounce­ment of our cat­e­gory win­ners, the all- new cars on our over­all win­ner short­list have all brought ex­cep­tional qual­i­ties to the mar­ket and richly de­serve their place not only here but also on the shop­ping lists of mo­torists.’

What­car.com is recog­nised as one of the UK’s lead­ing con­sumer web­sites for car pur­chases and at­tracts around two mil­lion unique vis­its ev­ery month.

Se­cur­ing the ti­tle of What Car? Car of the Year is of­ten a very ac­cu­rate in­di­ca­tor of sales suc­cess, plac­ing the car’s tal­ents firmly in the spot­light.

The What Car? Car of the Year awards takes place at Lon­don’s Grosvenor House Ho­tel, Park Lane, on Jan­uary 11.

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