More action in medium/large car range

Last updated 07:07 23/10/2012
Chrysler's second-generation 300C.

BIG CAR: Chrysler's second-generation 300C.

Chrysler 300
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Ford Falcon EcoBoost turbocharged 2.0-litre four.
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2012 Toyota Aurion Touring 3.5P.
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2012 Toyota Aurion Touring 3.5P.
The new Chinese-built MG6.
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The new Chinese-built MG6.

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There was more action from this traditionally quiet sector this year, with a 2.0-litre turbocharged four going into both the Mondeo and Falcon, and working well in both instances.

Another possibility in the AMI NZ Autocar Car of the Year medium/large car category is Chrysler's second-generation 300C, sporting added refinement and luxury along with new drivetrains and a more polished look.

Euro design and engineering input combined well with traditional Hyundai strengths in the i40 wagon, and towards the end of the year, a comeback kid, MG, announced the first of its British-designed Chinese-built sedans, the MG6, based loosely on the MG-ZT of old.

Rounding out the medium sector is a trio of Toyotas, one an elongated example of the Prius, called the V, and a pair from Toyota Australia.

The Camry took some time to reach maturity, but this rounded, seventh-generation range compensates; even the hybrid isn't too bad to drive.

For those wedded to sixes, there's the new Aurion. And for those who like 4WD wagons, VW introduced its all-paw Alltrack Passat.

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