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Car of the year revealed

Published: 10:21PM Wednesday December 12, 2012 Source: ONE News

The Toyota 86 has been awarded the Car of the Year title by the Automobile Association and the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild.

David Linklater, President of the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild said "the Toyota 86 is a fantastic, affordable, rear wheel drive, spacious sports coupe. It provides a high level of performance and safety, and starting at $41,986 it is very good value for money."

The winner was selected from a list of ten finalists voted on by Members of the Guild.

To be eligible for selection the vehicles had to be launched onto the New Zealand market between 1 October 2011 and 30 September 2012, and test driven by more than half of the 36 Members of the Guild who comprised the voting panel.

The Toyota 86 received the Peter Greenslade trophy, which has been presented to the winner of the Guild's annual award since 1988 and recognises the memory and contribution of the late Peter Greenslade, a highly respected New Zealand motoring writer.

Best in Class

The recipients of the Best in Class awards were selected from the entire range of new vehicles currently on sale by the Members of the New Zealand Motoring Writers Guild.

Stella Stocks, AA general manager for motoring services says "it is essential that motorists have access to independent information to assist their decision making when buying new vehicles. The Best in Class awards recognise excellence in value for money, performance, handling, comfort, fit for purpose, style, economy, interior design and build quality. Motorists buying any one of these award winning vehicles can be assured they have chosen one of the very best vehicles currently on the market."

Small Car - Suzuki Swift

Compact Car - Ford Focus

Medium Car - BMW 3 Series

Large Car - Skoda Superb

Luxury Car - BMW 5 Series

Small / Medium SUV - Mazda CX5

Large SUV - BMW X5

Sports / Performance - Toyota 86

Utility - Ford Ranger

Safest Car - BMW 3 Series