Car of the Year

The difficult economic climate is giving car manufacturers a hard time, with The Guardian recently reporting new car sales at a 22-year low. So it's never been more important to produce a vehicle which stands out from the crowd and offers owners significant benefits. asked some of the internet's most respected and well recognised motoring experts to vote for the 10 cars they feel have stood out from the competition over the past 12 months so we can crown the first Car of the Year.

Our judges took into account a range of factors including aesthetics, reliability, performance and running costs. We've collated all the nominations to produce the definitive top 10 list:

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