Toyota turned out to be the big winner as they've earned five entries thanks to their Avensis, iQ, Prius, Urban Cruiser, and Verso.

The first round of nominations for 2010's European Car of the Year Awards has been announced.

Although most companies only received one nomination, Hyundai garnered two for their i20 and ix55. Their Korean counterparts at Kia also received two nominations for the Sorento and Soul. Likewise, Nissan also got two nods of approval for the new Cube and redesigned 370Z. Toyota turned out to be the big winner as they've earned five entries thanks to their Avensis, iQ, Prius, Urban Cruiser, and Verso.

Other nominees include the BMW Z4, Chevrolet's Cruze, Citroen's C3 Picasso, the Ford Ka, Honda's new Insight, Land Rover's updated Discovery (IV), Lexus' redesigned Rx450h hybrid, the Mazda3, and Mercedes' redesigned E-Class. Rounding out the rest of the contenders are the Mitsubishi Colt, the Opel/Vauxhall Astra, Peugeot's 3008, Porsche's new Panamera, the Renault Scenic, the previous generation Audi A4 Seat Exeo, Skoda's Yeti, the Suzuki Alto/Nissan Pixo twins, and Volkswagen's new Polo.

So what do you think of the nominations? Who got snubbed? Who should win?

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