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 temporarily forbidding public meetings of 1,000 or more people. The Show will certainly be back in 2021. 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: “I am particularly proud that the new Peugeot 208 has just won the 2020 Car of the Year prize. This trophy underlines the excellence of the work and commitment of all the teams of Peugeot and PSA. It’s the first time that a Peugeot “2 series” has triumphed! By the way, three Peugeots “Cars of the Year” are currently on road with the 3008 and the 308 alongside the new 208.”