2007 Car of the Year - type's'
The shortlist for COTY 2007 is below and the winner will be announced on 13th Nov.
Shall we 'the real experts' have a vote before then and give a reason why.

Citroën C4 Picasso, Fiat Grande Punto, Ford S-Max, Honda Civic, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 207, Skoda Roomster and Volvo C30.

As much as I would like to say Civic I think the S max should win it for combining practicality and driving experience.
2007 Car of the Year - Citroënian {P}
Well...not the Punto or 207, both bloated versions of earlier cars

Not the C4 Picasso as the dealerships/service depts are shockingly bad (in my experience)

Civic is many different cars in many different countries, so not that.

The C30 looks like a 480 in a frock, so no.

So, Roomster, S-Max or Corsa?

Roomster will have bad visibility for the driver due to those b-pillars so no.

S-Max clever, well put together and stylish. Apparently a good drive too.

But I'd say the Corsa. Funky small car done well that will appeal to people in all walks of life.

Can't believe I've gone for the Vauxhall....
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2007 Car of the Year - Avant
I do hope it's not the Civic. That appalling rear visibility is dangerous - there's no oither word for it.

I agree with Citroenian's list of 3:

- Roomster - an original thought on the family car theme

- Corsa - all-round competence, according to the road tests, and rated better than the Punto or 207

- S-Max - probably the best compromise between estate and prople-carrier.

I'd say the S-Max, but narrowly over the other two.
2007 Car of the Year - jase1
The Fiat will win.

The Fiat always wins when the model is even remotely competitive.
2007 Car of the Year - grafen
Corsa - Ha, doesn't even have a water temp gauge....
2007 Car of the Year - madf
boring list : flair nil points...
madf
2007 Car of the Year - Honestjohn
I think the C4 Picasso will get the French and Italian votes which is what usually decides the European COTY.

HJ
2007 Car of the Year - Xileno {P}
Which just proves what a pointless exercise it all is.
2007 Car of the Year - cheddar
Surely the Italians will vote for the Punto?
2007 Car of the Year - cheddar
Citroën C4 Picasso - IIRC not widely available across Europe yet.

Fiat Grande Punto - an evolution not a revolution.

Ford S-Max - probably favourite unless it is perceived as a Galaxy variant as opposed to a model in it's own right.

Honda Civic - ugly, car design by Steve Jobs.

Opel/Vauxhall Corsa - as per Punto.

Peugeot 207 - as per Punto though even more so, no character, 205 GTi must be turning in it's grave!

Skoda Roomster - ugly, a Yaris Verso and Fabia's love child.

Volvo C30 - will be trendy though perhaps too niche.

2007 Car of the Year - oldgit
Undoubtedly, the New Renault Clio for me.
2007 Car of the Year - MokkaMan
Does this title mean that much. There have been a few dubious winners in the past?
2007 Car of the Year - barchettaman
Full list of winners:

tinyurl.com/pplpv
2007 Car of the Year - barchettaman
Pity the C6 isn´t on the final list, particularly as the CX and XM are previous ´winners`.
2007 Car of the Year - Honestjohn
Click on Barchettaman's link, oldgit, and you will see that the Clio was last year's COTY.

HJ
2007 Car of the Year - oldgit
Click on Barchettaman's link, oldgit, and you will see that the
Clio was last year's COTY.
HJ

Oh well, I obviously got good judgement and taste, then.
2007 Car of the Year - BazzaBear {P}
Oh well, I obviously got good judgement and taste, then.


But terrible time-keeping ;)
2007 Car of the Year - J Bonington Jagworth
"Honda Civic - ugly, car design by Steve Jobs."

Well put. The only car I can think of that looks worse in the flesh than it does on paper.
2007 Car of the Year - type's'
There must be alot of people out there that like ugly cars because it sells well.
2007 Car of the Year - daiking
There must be alot of people out there that like ugly
cars because it sells well.


Hire cars - I'm always getting the things for work trips. I'm sure that every civic in warrington is a hire car.

Back on topic, from the previous winners trend, looks like it Peugeot's turn as Fiat won in 04 and Renault and Toyota aren't nominated this year. FWIW, the 207 is even uglier than the civic, reminds me of Jabba the Hut.
2007 Car of the Year - J Bonington Jagworth
Er, why is it COTY 2007 anyway?
2007 Car of the Year - Xileno {P}
I had forgotten that the 2003 winner was the Megane.
Obviously a lot of sense in COTY afterall :-0

From that link, there's been so rubbish getting the award hasn't there? Horizon, Alpine even the Renault 9. What a dull car from a manufacturer that can produce much more interesting designs. Where was Le Quement back then???
2007 Car of the Year - stevied
Alpine was a very good looking car for it's time..... pity about the rattly engine (1442?). I know it was based on the same block as the Simca 1301/1501 engine, a car which la famille Davies were lucky enough to own in the late 70s.....

Starter for ten.. where is the fuel filler cap on a Simca 1501?
2007 Car of the Year - Xileno {P}
Front wing.
2007 Car of the Year - Adam {P}
Behind the numberplate?

You owned a car that you couldn't fill up? ;-)
2007 Car of the Year - stevied
Ha!

I couldn't fill it up, I was too busy being eight... but my dad could. Yes, it's behind the numberplate, well done!

Our neighbour said that he wished to thank us for owning a Simca, as it had saved him the expense of buying an alarm clock. My dad was working in Telford, so got up very early. Our neighbour got up when my dad left! Rattle rattle rattle.

Haven't seen one for years.... I bet there's none left in the UK.
2007 Car of the Year - Adam {P}
>>I couldn't fill it up, I was too busy being eight... but my dad could.<<

No need to be sarcy;-) I would have taken longer making it more specific but I wanted to be the first one to get it. I like being first. Doesn't happen very often so I have to snatch it whenever I can.
2007 Car of the Year - Lud

there's been so rubbish getting the award hasn't
there? Horizon, Alpine even the Renault 9. What a dull car
from a manufacturer that can produce much more interesting designs.



It's a list of boring motors all of which are undoubtedly fit for purpose and a lot better than their equivalents would have been twenty years ago... nothing more to be said.
2007 Car of the Year - peterb
Isn't there a rule that says the winner has to be French or Italian? It also "has" to be a mass market car.
2007 Car of the Year - jase1
And look at the sheer number of cars on that list that turned out to be total unreliable carp.

Loads of Fiats, NSU Ro80, SD1, the Alpine, Horizon (god that was a bad car), Lancia Delta, Alfas, 307....

My dad has owned a fair number of these and funnily enough, he's always having trouble. Hey ho.
2007 Car of the Year - stevied
I would hesitate at calling the RO80 carp... unreliable, yeah, but trailblazing. Look how much it looks like the 1983 winner!!

The Delta is not a bad car either.... spawned a few rally cars n that....

307 and Horizon you can have! : )
2007 Car of the Year - drbe
Right - Car Of The Year - Right.

What are we /I supposed to do? It is a toally political decision - just like The Eurovision Song Contest.

So The Sportmobile Widget XS is The Car Of The Year. Does that mean that it will be practical, reliable good residuals? Somehow I think not.

Another complete waste of time, space and money.

Whoops! Why have I just typed that?
2007 Car of the Year - AlanGowdy
Have a look at the cars that have won COTY over the years and it's obvious that it is either a) politically loaded or b) decided by incompetents. Possibly a) and b) both apply.

My choice would be S-max.
2007 Car of the Year - madf
I think the jurors should be forced to drive the winning car as their only transport for a year .

That will sort then out...

no gain no pain or summat like that...
madf
2007 Car of the Year - bristolmotorspeedway {P}
Citroën C4 Picasso, Fiat Grande Punto, Ford S-Max, Honda Civic, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Peugeot 207, Skoda Roomster and Volvo C30.

I would go for the S-Max, amazingly good looking for a people carrier, and great value too. The Civic's styling is something new, bit showy for my tastes, but it would also be a worthy winner.
 

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