The winner will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show next year.

The jury of the 2018 European Car of the Year contest has announced the seven finalists that will battle for the prestigious award this year. They have been selected from a total of 37 entries, all vehicles launched within 2017 and available on at least five European markets.

Two German and one Italian, French, South Korean, Spanish, and Swedish cars are among the finalists this year. These are the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Audi A8, BMW 5 Series, Citroen C3 Aircross, Kia Stinger, SEAT Ibiza, and Volvo XC40.

In the next couple of months, the jury, consisting of specialists from 23 countries, will evaluate the seven challengers and will pick one winner, which is going to be announced on March 5, when the 2018 Geneva Motor Show opens its doors for the press.

The first edition of the European Car of the Year was presented in 1964, when the Rover 2000 beat the Mercedes-Benz 600 and Hillman Imp for the crown. Last year, the prize went to the Peugeot 3008 with just a couple of points ahead of the Alfa Romeo Giulia.

Learn more about the seven finalists in the 2018 Euro COTY in the slideshow above.

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Source: Car of the Year