Fabulous tech and undoubted bang for buck, but too hardcore for COTY greatness.
Premium European pricing, but lacking the requisite je ne sais quoi.
Much improved, but needs a broader skill set to make sense in Oz.
A welcome return to form but let down by sub-standard petrol V6 powerplant.
COTY success evades BMW again despite engaging dynamics and refined drivetrains.
Michael Stahl looks over the auto mania and mysticism that was Car of the Year 2008.
Introducing the 2008 Car of the Year panel.
A breakdown of the five COTY commandments.
GALLERY: Car of the Year 2005 - Intro
The final four, COTY 2008
Behind the lens at COTY 2008
The proving ground, COTY 2008