The NSU Ro 80 was the first German make and so far the only car with a Wankel rotary engine to win the CotY prize.

Why 1968 when the Ro 80 was launched in 1967, you ask? The prize is traditionally awarded at the Geneva motor show in March, with a selection of the last year's innovations. Runners-up: Fiat 125 and Simca 1100.