I have a feeling that tomorrow, we will hear that the Ford Ka, as driven by Olga Kurylenko in Quantum of Solace, will be European Car of the Year. It has a good chassis, it’s a subcompact car that ?ts modern European sensibilities, and it has cross-Europe appeal. Our second pick would be the Alfa Romeo MiTo, based on the Fiat 500, a previous winner—but Ford has a habit of making better chassis. Both are on our Car to Be Seen in shortlist, but we have very different and less objective criteria than the European motoring journalists.
PS.: That was a buggy post and the gremlins crept in big time. Not entirely sure how—maybe I am looking really far into the future with the 2009–10 picks! There were two errors, as pointed out by commenters: the Alfa Romeo MiTo is on the Fiat Grande Punto platform (this was a regular brain-faster-than-ﬁngers typo). Secondly, the Ford Fiesta is on the shortlist, not the Ka (no explanation on how the error got in). In which case my money is on the B409 Fiesta.