EVs from China are shortlisted for the 2024 European Car of the Year award

  • 30-November-2023

The Volvo EX30 and BYD Seal are contenders for the coveted European car of 2024 title. The two EVs are among the top vehicles in Europe for 2024 and are produced by Chinese automakers BYD and Volvo. The competition winner will be revealed in February 2024 at the Geneva Motor Show. Along with five other cars, the Volvo EX30 and BYD Seal will compete for the title.

Seven of the 28 cars on the original shortlist for Europe's car of the year are Chinese models. The BYD Atto 3 (Yuan Plus), BYD Han, BYD Dolphin, Smart #1, and Nio ET7 were the five Chinese vehicles that were eliminated from consideration. Based on the SEA architecture, the Smart #1 and Volvo EX30 models are mass-produced by the Chinese company Geely Group.

Chinese autos are making headway in Europe, as demonstrated by their stellar performance on both the initial and final shortlists for the European Car of the Year. Japanese, German, French, and Korean automakers produce the other vehicles. South Korea, Germany, and Japan each have 14.3% of the final shortlist, while China and France each have 28.5%.

The BMW 5-Series, BYD Seal, Kia EV9, Peugeot E-3008/3008, Renault Scenic, Toyota C-HR, and Volvo EX30 are the seven vehicles that are finalists for the title of European Car of the Year 2024. Excellent performance metrics and features are shared by all of the finalists. A mid-sized sedan, the BYD Seal boasts a 12.2-speaker Dynaudio sound system, a 10.25-inch LCD instrument cluster, and a 15.6-inch rotatable screen.

There are two powertrain options available for it in Europe, with the top model having 530 horsepower. The Seal's range in RWD configuration is 570 kilometers. Based on the SEA platform, the Volvo EX30 SUV features a portrait screen arrangement. The Volvo EX30 twin motor variant has a range of 460 kilometers and 422 horsepower from a 69kWh battery pack.

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