Organizing Publications

Direct initial coordination among colleague journalists to gather a Jury for Car of the Year, gave soon place to a more formal structure with the backing of magazines. Firstly six, then seven and now nine publications belonging to different European countries, undertake organization of Car of the Year award. From the initial founders, AutoVisie and ViBilägare still remain, Autopista joined in 1985, while there have been changes through the years in the rest of the countries.



Established in 1985, Auto has been growing to a primary position in the Italian market thanks to the innovative structural formula, the credibility of its roadtests, the accuracy in the information, and also the pleasant and modern graphics. It is owned by "Conti Editore", leader in motoring press.


Autocar is the world's longest established car magazine and has been entertaining car enthusiasts every week since 1895. It specialises in revealing secret new models and is a leading source of information about new cars. It is owned by Haymarket Magazines, the UK's largest privately owned publisher.

Automobil Revue

Automobil Revue / Revue Automobile

Since 1906 the Automobil Revue has produced every week high quality automotive content in German and French. It publishes new, proven and innovative industry news on paper and online. Since the 1920s, Automobil Revue has also published technical data on cars – since 1947 in the form of the famous Automobil Revue annual catalogue. The Automobil Revue is the oldest automotive publication in continental Europe.


Best known car magazine in Spain -345,000 average readers each week-, Autopista is the most respected automotive publication after six decades in the market, and a faithful supporter of Car of the Year. Credibility derived from an accurate content where roadtests excel, makes it favourite among opinion leaders.

Auto Trends

Founded in 1994, Auto Trends rapidly grew to be the reference among the monthly car magazines in Belgium. Dealing with any subject directly or indirectly related to the car, Auto Trends aims to be accessible to the widest and most diverse audience possible, while placing passion at the top of its pirorities. Its tagline “Simply exciting” sums up that approach, which Auto Trends has never walked away from.


Autovisie is a proud founder of Car of the Year, as the idea for the award originated in its editorial staff. This fortnightly specializes in new cars,but with an open eye for the excitements of motorsport and classic cars. It is regarded as the opinion leading motoring magazine in the Netherlands.


firmenauto is Germany’s oldest and leading magazine for the fleet market. Since 1995 firmenauto has been all about company cars, fleet management, financing and business mobility. Price oriented car tests and e-mobility are the core of our business. Fleet managers also receive extensive market overviews and purchase information based on total costs of ownership.

L' Automobile Magazine

L' Automobile Magazine, the French monthly automotive magazine leader, is the first and only European publication to offer ISO 9002 certification warranty for its road tests measurements. Through L'Automobile Magazine, car buyers get all the answers they need and car enthusiasts always discover new items to satisfy their passion.

Vi Bilägare

Founded 70 years ago, Vi Bilägare is one of the most established motoring magazines in Sweden - and by far the largest. Around 500 000 readers receive the magazine 18 times a year. Vi Bilägare is a car consumers magazine, well known for its long term road tests and for investigations on service and car quality.


A representation of the nine sponsoring publications meets periodically in the Organizing Committee of Car of the Year. Each year, by turn, one publication takes care of gathering the final vote, publicize the result and hold the prizegiving ceremony. Its representative is the President of Committee.

The persons currently seating in this committee are:

  • Theo Uhlir: AUTOMOBIL REVUE/REVUE AUTOMOBILE(President for Car of the Year 2022)
  • Niels Visser: AUTOVISIE, Netherlands
  • Ottavio Ottaviani: AUTO, Italy
  • Rachael Prasher: AUTOCAR, United Kingdom
  • Stéphane Lemeret: AUTO TRENDS, Belgium
  • Alicia Fernández: AUTOPISTA, Spain
  • Oliver Trost: FIRMENAUTO, Germany
  • Nicolas Le Gall: L'AUTOMOBILE MAGAZINE , France
  • Marjo Köhler: VIBILÄGARE, Sweden