The small Peugeot, which offers a full-electric version, collected 281 points and 17 individual top votes. With 242 points and the same number of best votes, the electric car Tesla Model 3 was second, while the last place in the podium was also for an EV, the Porsche Taycan, with 222 points. The rest of the finalists for the award were the Renault Clio (211 points), Ford Puma (209), Toyota Corolla (152) and BMW 1-series (133).
Just a few days before its opening, the Geneva International Motor Show 2020 was cancelled by force majeure, the coronavirus outbreak, following an injunction of Switzerland’s Federal Council forbidding big meetings of people. However, and by courtesy of Palexpo managers, it was possible that the announcement of Car of the Year 2020 would follow its schedule for the afternoon of Monday, 2nd of March, and be available by streaming in YouTube channel. Frank Janssen, the President of the Jury, was the conductor of the announcement and contacted by videoconference with the glad team of Peugeot managers, headed by the manufacturer’s Executive Vice-President, Jean Philippe Imparato.