What Car? Reveals the Shortlist for their 2015 Car of the Year Award

Motoring website What Car? have announced their shortlist for their prestigious Car of the Year Awards 2015 and Taggarts are proud to see many of the brands they represent being nominated. A total of 26 cars have made the shortlist for the 'Overall Car of the Year Award' which was won last year by the Nissan Qashqai.

All of this year's candidates have to have went on sale for the first time this year some of the models include the Hyundai i20, the Nissan Pulsar, the Jaguar F-Type Coupe, the Land Rover Discovery Sport to name a few. The annual awards which will take place at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on the 7th January 2015, are some of the most sought after prizes in the industry.

As well as Overall Car of the Year, the awards are also split into separate categories including best city car, small car, electric car, coupe, MPV, SUV & small SUV, hot hatch, sports car, luxury car, and executive car. For the first time this year What Car will also be introducing a safety award and a readers award, where readers get to choose what new car they are most looking forward to seeing next year.

The safety award which is sponsored by Thatcham Research is open to any vehicle that has been awarded the maximum five star rating from Euro NCAP and is fitted with Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB).

Last year's 'Overall Car of the Year Winner' the Nissan Qashqai

The winners will be chosen by the car buying public and industry professionals and announced on the night.

Speaking of the annual awards What Car? editor Jim Holder said: “The new car market has been buoyant in the UK during 2014 and the automotive industry in the UK has bloomed – that means there are a heap of exciting new cars that are all genuine contenders for our main COTY prize. No wonder the decision-making process around the shortlist was even more intense than usual."

To view the full list of nominations click here

By Jenna Niblock