To be eligible, the cars need to be already on sale in different European markets or will be available in time for the voting, and therefore meet the eligibility criteria. The contenders must also be new models available in at least five European countries at the time of voting, with foreseeable minimum sales of 5,000 per year.
The awards are judged by a panel of more than 50 members, representing industry experts and journalists from 23 European countries. National representation on the panel is related to the size of the country's car market and its importance in car manufacturing, with France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy and Spain topping the list with six members each.
Last year’s winner was the 2009 Opel Insignia sedan, which was picked for its distinctive styling and segment-leading quality. Previous winners included the Fiat 500 in 2008 and the Ford S-Max the year before.
This year’s winner will be announced on November 30.
The 2010 field is listed below:
Citroen C3 Picasso
Land Rover Discovery IV
Lexus RX 450h
Suzuki Alto/Nissan Pixo
Toyota Urban Cruiser