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The shortlist for arguably the most important award in European motoring has been revealed.

It's clear from the list of nominees in the 2013 European Car of the Year award, judges have put forward cars with conventional powertrains and designs.

2013's list contains no hybrids or electric cars, instead favouring a shortlist made up of a sports car, an MPV and B- and C-segment hatchbacks.

It's a marked change from the two previous years. In 2011 the world's first mass-market electric car, the Nissan Leaf, came out on top, while last year the Vauxhall Ampera/Chevrolet Volt range extender won.

Not even world-class cars such as the all-new Range Rover or the Mercedes SL (both made from aluminium) appear in the shortlist, or even SUVs such as the new Honda CR-V.

The full list of candidates totalled 32 cars and included the new Audi A3, the Dacia Sandero, the Fiat 500L and the BMW 3 Series. But the list has been narrowed down to eight cars.

The winner will be announced on March 4, 2013, at the Geneva Motor Show.

See what's been nominated by clicking through the gallery. Which car would you like to see win? Post your comments below