Car of the year 2023. French models chosen

The organization of the Car of the Year Trophy has unveiled the provisional list of cars selected to take part in the 2023 election. Three French cars are in the running: Citroën C5 X, Peugeot 408 and Renault Austral.


Raphael Desrosiers

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We know the names of the candidates for the 2023 edition of the car of the year (Car of the Year).


Since 1964, the selection of the car of the year has rewarded the most successful car innovation from the previous year, from a design, pleasure or even safety point of view. In 2022, the COTY jury (short for Car Of The Year) chose the Kia EV6 presented in 2021. It is the first time that the 60 journalists from 23 European countries have awarded the title to a Korean vehicle. Note that the jury considers a model as qualified when it is marketed – by the end of the current year – in at least 5 European countries. So which vehicle will succeed the electric crossover? It may be a French one, as three tricolor representatives integrate the preliminary list of selected vehicles.

The French candidates

There are therefore three French models among the candidates for the title: Citroën C5 X, Peugeot 408 and Renault Austral. Good news for the jury, the absence of categories for the Trophy will save them from having to characterize the last two productions of Stellantis, in between sedan, crossover and coupe. Renault Austral will surprisingly be the only SUV to wear our colours. Last year, Renault had two long-legged representatives with the Arkana and Mégane E-Tech Electric. Dacia Jogger, the most French of Romanian station wagons, will showcase its practicality and aggressive price positioning.

The Chinese in force

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mg4 car year 2023

After a first Korean car chosen in 2022, room for Chinese? MG4 is ready.

Clement Choulot / MG

The 2023 edition will above all be an edition marked by the massive arrival of Chinese manufacturers on the European market: of the 45 cars in the race, 10 are Chinese. Not to mention the European designed for the Asian market as the first target (Citroën C5 X for example). To see if these challengers from the Far East will stand out in the various Trophy evaluation criteria (design, comfort, safety, economic aspect, pleasure, performance, practicality, environment, driver satisfaction). The final list of nominees will be confirmed in a few weeks and will allow a shortlist of 7 cars to be chosen. The result of the election will be known in early 2023.

Provisional list of candidates for the Car of the Year 2023 election

  • Alfa Romeo Tonale
  • BAIC EU5
  • BMW X1/iX1
  • BMW i7
  • BID Tongs
  • Citroën C5 X
  • Dacia Jogger
  • DFSK series 5
  • Ferrari 296 GTB
  • Ferrari Pure Sangue
  • Hongqi E-HS9
  • Honda Civic
  • Jeep Avengers
  • jeep grand cherokee
  • Kia Niro
  • Kia Sportage
  • Land Rover Range Rover/Land Rover Range Rover Sport
  • Lexus RZ
  • Lotus Emira
  • LucidAir
  • Maserati Grecale
  • Mazda CX-60
  • McLaren Arthur
  • Mercedes-Benz GLC
  • Mercedes-EQ EQE
  • Mercedes-AMG SL
  • MG4
  • MG5
  • Nine ES8
  • Nine ET7
  • Nissan Ariya
  • Nissan X-Trail
  • Opel/Vauxhall Astra
  • Ora cat
  • Peugeot 408
  • Renault Austral
  • Clever #1
  • Subaru Solterra/Toyota bZ4X
  • Toyota Aygo X
  • Toyota Corolla Cross
  • Toyota GR86
  • Wineproof VF8
  • Wine proof VF9
  • Volkswagen ID. The sum
  • Xpeng P5


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