Finalists found for NZ Car of the Year

21:27, Oct 15 2013
The 10 cars that have just been named finalists for the NZ Motoring Writers Guild's 2013 Car of the Year.
TOP 10 SHOOTOUT: The 10 cars that have just been named finalists for the NZ Motoring Writers Guild's 2013 Car of the Year. Back, from left, Ford Kuga, Hyundai Santa Fe, Subaru Forester. Front, Holden Commodore, Mazda6, Volkswagen Golf, Subaru BRZ, Volvo V40, Holden Volt, Lexus IS.

The finalists have been selected for the 2013 New Zealand Car of the Year award.

They have just been named by a selection panel representing the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild and the award sponsor, the Automobile Association.

The top 10 will now go on to be judged by members of the guild, with the big announcement to be made early next year.

To be eligible for selection the vehicles had to be launched on to the New Zealand market between October 1, 2012, and September 30 this year, and test driven by more than half of the guild's membership.

The winning vehicle will receive 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.

The finalists for 2013 are:


Ford Kuga: New-generation medium-sized SUV from Europe, featuring Ford's acclaimed EcoBoost engine technology.

Holden Commodore VF: Brilliant re-write of the Australian-built VE Commodore. Built on same chassis, but with streamlined exterior, redesigned interior, and big changes to ride and handling.

Holden Volt: The car that is changing worldwide perceptions about electric cars. An extended-range EV thanks to a brilliant combination of an electric motor and a 1.8-litre petrol engine that generates power for the batteries.

Hyundai Santa Fe: Big new vehicle from South Korea that is taking SUV technology to new levels. Powered by the Hyundai/Kia conglomerate's acclaimed R-Series diesel engine.

Lexus IS: Latest medium-sized sports sedan from Toyota's luxury arm Lexus, and is a brilliant drive in the traditional front-engined, rear-driven format.

Mazda6: Best Mazda ever made, chock full of new-age SkyActiv technologies that are there for everything from improved fuel economy to passenger safety.

Subaru BRZ: The Subaru version of the Toyota 86 sportscar that was named 2012 NZ Car of the Year. A very exciting two-door coupe.

Subaru Forester: Latest generation of a very popular medium-sized Subaru SUV. Improved engine, new transmission, higher levels of luxury and specification, but still a rugged offroad-capable vehicle.

Volkswagen Golf: Lovely new version of one of the world's most popular hatchbacks, featuring a small capacity turbocharged engine. First to be built using a new standardised chassis that uses the same engine mounts through all Volkswagen, Audi and Skoda products.

Volvo V40: Latest medium-sized wagon from Sweden, built using the same platform as the acclaimed Ford Focus.

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