Thirty-five cars have been selected for the knock-out stages of the 2012 European Car of the Year contest with the winner to be announced at the 2012 Geneva auto show.As in previous Eurocotys, contenders must be new vehicles available before the end of 2011 in five or more European countries and each worth 5000 annual sales.LEAF WON IN 2011As many as 59 journalists from 23 countries are expected to participate in two voting stages. A shortlist of seven nominees will be announced on January 9, 2012. The second round of voting will produce the winner, which will be made known on March 5, 2012, ahead of the Geneva show. The winner of last year’s contest was the Nissan Leaf EV. The 2012 European Car of the Year nominees are (click for Wheels24 information on the vehicles):Audi A6Audi Q3BMW 1 SeriesBMW 6 SeriesChevrolet AveoChevrolet OrlandoCitroen DS4Citroen DS5Fiat PandaFord FocusHonda CivicHyundai i40Hyundai VelosterKia PicantoKia RioLancia YpsilonLexus GSMazda CX-5Mercedes-Benz B-ClassMercedes-Benz ML-ClassMercedes-Benz SLK-ClassOpel Ampera/Chevrolet VoltOpel Zafira TourerPeugeot 508Peugeot 3008 HYbrid4Porsche 911Ranger Rover EvoqueRenault Kangoo Z.E.Renault Fluence Z.E.Ssangyong KorandoToyota Verso S/Subaru TreziaToyota YarisVolkswagen BeetleVolkswagen JettaVolkswagen up! Which car would get your vote?