It’s the awards season and they don’t get much more prestigious than the European Car of the Year title.
ECOTY was established in 1964 and the voting jury consists of motoring journalists from publications throughout Europe.
The winning car is announced every year at the Geneva Motor Show and Italy has had more than its fair share of success over the years.
Winning a total of 12 European Car of the Year trophies, Italy is No 3 in the all-time greatest league, just behind Germany (14) and France (16).
However, Fiat has won a record nine titles. Its nearest rivals are Renault (6) and Ford, Opel and Peugeot (5 each).
We’ve taken a trip down memory lane to re-visit Italy’s winning cars. Prepare yourself for a few surprises…