The finalists for the 2019 Car of the Year were selected. The winner will be announced on the eve of the Geneva Salon in March.
These seven cars have been selected by 60 lawyers across Europe, who simply call the first seven cars launched this year. Top Horror Horoscope is one of the jurors.
The Car of the Year is the oldest and most well-known of all car prizes. After a second run and vote round, the prize is awarded to a single car without subclasses. Last year's winner was the Volvo XC40.
It is an interesting group of finalists this time, with Jaguar I-Pace alpine and electric that makes an appearance.
The last time he won a sports car was Porsche 928 in 1978, so although Alpine is loved, many jurors may consider minority interest.
Jaguar could have more chances since the previous winners include the Mk2 Prius, Leaf and Ampera, the Tesla S and BMW i3, also managing to work well this year.
Other preselectors are more conventional. Medium steps, a family crossover and a larger hatch.
Juries are free to make a very personal judgment based on what they consider important to a car. Obviously, price questions vary by country and dynamic. What goes well on the Danish roads does not always feel so good, saying British or Greek.
However, all lawyers are asked to pay special attention to technical innovation and value for money. Other considerations mentioned in the prize are "design, comfort, safety, economy, maneuverability, performance, functionality, environmental requirements, driver satisfaction and price."
Perhaps the most notable of the list is the new BMW 3 Series, which is eligible by virtue of its sales date, but which was not available to be tested enough by the jury before the cutoff for the short list.