43 contenders for the What Car? Car of the Year crown

Time 10:55 am, January 3, 2017

WHAT CAR? has announced the shortlist of 43 all-new cars that will battle for the title of Car of the Year 2017 at the magazine’s 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 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.’

The What Car? Car of the Year awards will be handed out at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane on January 11.

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