The European Car of the Year (ECOY) for 2017 is the Peugeot 3008. Announced at the Geneva Motor Show, the 3008 was awarded the title by a judging panel of 58 journalists from 22 countries after scoring 319 points. Second place went to the Alfa Romeo Giulia (296 points) with the Mercedes E-Class (197 points) in third.
The finalists were completed by the Volvo S90/V90, with 172 points, Citroën C3 (166), Toyota C-HR (165) and Nissan Micra (135).
CO2 falls again
Average CO2 emissions for new cars decreased by 1.2% in 2016, the smallest annual improvement for the last 10 years. Latest analysis of 23 European markets showed that average CO2 emissions finished last year at 117.8g/km – 1.4g/km lower than 2015. The slowdown was attributed to falling diesel sales in 2016. Peugeot was the leading manufacturer for the second year running, with its average emissions falling by 1.7g/km in 2016 – mainly due to lower average CO2 emissions for its petrol engines.
EU tire growth
The volume of tires sold in Europe rose 1.7% between 2015 and 2016. Over 22.6 million new tires will be added to the market by 2020, taking the total market volume to 318m, while the value of tires sold in Europe grew by 4.1% between 2015 and 2016. The market value is forecast to grow by 11.2% to reach €1.95bn by 2020, according to the "The European Tires Market 2012-2020", a trend report by GlobalData.