Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Peugeot 208 Beats Porsche, Tesla to Become 2020 European Car of the Year


One of the annual highlights of the Geneva International Motor Show was supposed to be the reveal of the European Car of the Year. While the show itself has been canceled in light of the coronavirus spreading across Europe, the committee did announce that the Peugeot 208 captured the industry’s top prize there for 2020.

Judged by 60 European motoring journalists, the Peugeot 208 scored a total of 281 points, enough for the title of European Car of the Year. It beat the Tesla Model 3 (242 points), Porsche Taycan (222 points), Renault Clio (211 points), Ford Puma (209 points), Toyota Corolla (152 points), and the BMW 1 Series (133 points).

The jury appreciated the 208’ bold design and technology, including a choice between a conventional internal combustion engine or full electric version.

Peugeot says nearly 110,000 customers have ordered the all-new 208 since its launch, with 15 percent going for the full electric version.

The 208’s win this year marks the sixth time Peugeot has won the European Car of the Year. In its history, it has won with the 3008 in 2017, 308 in 2014, 307 in 2002, 405 in 1998, and 504 in 1969. This makes Peugeot of the top three winning-est brands for the European Car of the Year prize.

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