The BYD Seal and Volvo EX30, both electric vehicles (EVs) from Chinese automakers BYD and Volvo, are strong contenders for the prestigious title of European Car of the Year 2024. These two models, along with five other vehicles, will compete for this honor, with the winner being announced at the Geneva Motor Show in February 2024.
Initially, the shortlist for Europe’s Car of the Year included 28 vehicles, seven of which were Chinese cars. However, the final list was narrowed down, excluding the BYD Atto 3 (Yuan Plus), BYD Han, BYD Dolphin, Smart #1, and Nio ET7. Notably, the Smart #1 and Volvo EX30 models are based on the SEA architecture and are mass-produced by the Geely Group, a Chinese company. The presence of Chinese models in both the initial and final shortlists for the European Car of the Year is a testament to the progress of Chinese cars in the European market. The finalists represent a diverse range of manufacturers from China, France, South Korea, Germany, and Japan, with China and France each accounting for 28.5% of the final shortlist.
Two Chinese electric cars in 2024 European Car of the Year finals
The seven finalists for the 2024 European Car of the Year include the BMW 5-Series, BYD Seal, Kia EV9, Peugeot E-3008/3008, Renault Scenic, Toyota C-HR, and Volvo EX30. Each of these vehicles boasts impressive performance metrics and features. The BYD Seal, a mid-sized sedan, is equipped with a 15.6-inch rotatable screen, a 10.25-inch LCD instrument cluster, and a 12-speaker Dynaudio sound system. It offers two powertrain options in Europe, with the top model having a 530hp capacity and a range of 570km for its RWD version. The Volvo EX30 SUV, based on the SEA platform, features a portrait screen setup. Its twin motor version has 422hp and is powered by a 69kWh battery pack, delivering a range of 460km.