Along with liking NASCAR, Engage Sport Mode is also willing to admit to other things. Like enjoying the music of Avril Lavigne (and seeing her live), thinking additional jalapeno peppers can improve everything and occasionally being wrong.
In this instance, the “being wrong” relates to a prediction made on this very website back in January. In that post I used the words to the effect that you should put “money on a Mk3 Panda victory” in the European Car of The Year awards. So certain was I that, like the previous Panda and numerous other Fiat products before it, that you could almost guarantee another victory for Turin. Rear windscreen sticker manufacturers were already to hit print, advertising executives were primed to see their updated adverts hit the TV, magazines and internets.
And then the Chevrolet Volt/Vauxhall/Opel Ampera went and won. I mean seriously, what the hell?! Without trying to make some battery related pun I’d imagine that I, along with many automotive commentators, were a little shocked by this revelation. Fiat has won the ECoTY prize 9 times since 1964, more than any other manufacturer. Before today, General Motors had notched up only three previous titles (Astra; 1985, Carlton; 1987 and Insignia; 2009). So I’d imagine that in Luton some marketing types, who aren’t in Geneva, were tonight hastily scribbling together some kind of press release. I’d imagine it’s going to look something like this: Continue reading
Today the seven cars nominated for the 2012 Car of the Year award were unveiled.To summarise the choices are:
- Chevrolet Volt (hybrid schmybrid),
- Citroen DS5 (seriously?!),
- Fiat Panda (hurrah!),
- Ford Focus (yawn….snore),
- Toyota Yaris (………………),
- Volkswagen Up! (an ESM favourite),
And, finally, what’s this at number seven? Could it be the Range Rover Evoque? Why yes, yes it is! But didn’t you make that ESMCoTY2011 I here you ask? Indeed, very much so.
Like a Prius owner wafting freely through the London Congestion Charge, this writer is rather smug at the moment.
Although, in reality, real CoTY judges prefer cheap Italian superminis. Put money on Mk3 Panda victory.
Like any good motoring related journal, Engage Sport Mode endeavours to have some end of year awards type ceremony.
Due to its infancy, ESM doesn’t have a glitzy hotel ceremony with burlesque dancers and champagne. Instead, it’s the equivalent of some pork-scratchings and half a plastic cup of warm cava. And only two awards. And no actual trophies.
But still, who wouldn’t want to win the Best Car I’ve Driven All Year award or the One Car I’d Really Want To Try In 2012 prize?
Here we go then. Drum roll on top of those small round tables you only get in old pubs please
Best Car I’ve Driven All Year Award
I’ll be honest, there hasn’t been a huge deal to pick from this year. There was a number of small warm hatches, but I don’t think a second hand Suzuki Swift can win. Instead I present this:
I got myself on the Range Rover Evoque Unleashed Event. We had to go to Nottingham, but it was completely worth it. Driving in convoy with a load of other Evoques managed to make the girlfriend and I become minor twitter celebs (really!) Continue reading