John Simister

John Siminster writes for the motoring section of The Independent.

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An Opel Ampera on display at the Geneva Motor Show

And the winner is: John Simister reveals the part he played in selecting the Car of the Year

For the 59 judges from across Europe, six of them from the UK (including me), this was shaping up to be a close contest. Last Monday, the European Car of the Year (COTY) winner was to be revealed at the Geneva Motor Show for the first time. Could Volkswagen's Up mini-car beat Vauxhall's electric-petrol Ampera? Or would high technology rule, as it did in 2011 when the electric Nissan Leaf won?

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Enter Hyundai's Veloster – the first three-door car to add up

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BMW 320d

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