North Shore Times : December 23rd 2010
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Albany Village Ph:09 414 0857 TYRES, WHEEL ALIGNMENTS & ALLOY WHEELS Red Hot Deals! at Albany today... And the winners so far are: It's that time of the year again, everyone's picking their favour- ite cars. DAVE MOORE looks at the winners so far and looks at the ones likely to take the big one: The New Zealand Car of the Year title. Two weeks ago our sis- ter Fairfax publication New Zealand Autocar announced its best cars for 2010, followed the next night by the AA s own Automotive Excel- lence awards. I was miffed this year as I m normally a panel member for both those exercises, but a recent long-committed holiday intervened. This made the results even more intriguing. They were also very satisfying, as the results from both awards included my 2009 best- car, the Volkswagen Polo (pictured top right). Autocar invested the wee German with its overall winner prize as well as its Small Car seg- ment gong. The AA agreed, mak- ing the Polo TSi its own Small Car category win- ner. The AA s overall win- ner was Suzuki s capable new Kizashi sedan (pictured middle right). Also last week was the announcement of the European Car of the Year award, which went for the first time to a pure electric car. The winner was Nissan s extraordinary Leaf model (pictured bot- tom right), a plug-in elec- tric hatchback that went on sale in Europe in the last quarter of this year and charmed a continent-wide jury of 51 journalists to take its title. Not quite as large as that jury, but neverthe- less a substantial one, is the group of 33 New Zea- land Motoring Writers Guild members who will be tackling the 2010 New Zealand Car of the Year voting this month. The award is the country s most compre- hensive. It is also the most respected by the car industry itself, being the embodiment of the opinions of experts rep- resenting every auto- motive medium. This includes the motoring sections of the country s major daily and weekly newspapers, several automotive websites, Twitter and Facebook accounts and car and lifestyle magazines, as well as a number of radio and tele- vision outlets. In this contest each member will have put every one of the cars on the ten-model checklist through road test con- ditions in his or her own area, and on the track where necessary. As well as its perform- ance and handling, the facets under consider- ation include the car s suitability for the task for which it was designed, its value for money, ease of operation, fuel economy, and build quality, along with its level of home comforts and safety accoutre- ments, and yes, even how good it looks. Every vehicle will be scored out of 100 by each voter, and the Guild s winner will take the title of New Zealand Car of the Year only after thou- sands of separate voting decisions have been collated and assessed. The ten finalist are: AUDI A5: In Sport- back form, the A5 is not a common sight but its unmistakable lazy-S waistline and fastback styling are difficult to miss. Its strong points are clean, punchy diesel power units, sexy but surprisingly practical styling and irrefutably strong build quality. BMW 5-SERIES This latest iteration of BMW s mid-sizer can be had with sedan and lift- back styling and engines which range from very effective diesel fours to a twincharged 5-litre V8. Its safety message is very strong and though it s more conservative to look at than its prede- cessor. HYUNDAI iX35 Offering two wheel drive petrol drivetrains at one end of the scale and an all-singing and dancing diesel 4x4 set-up at the top of its manifest, Hyundai s light SUV has startled importers of Japanese equivalent vehicles with its com- petence and pricing. It also looks pretty sharp. JAGUAR XJ By refining its all- aluminium monocoque construction even further, Jaguar has created a car that weighs as much as ones in the category below, produc- ing jaw-dropping per- formance, emissions and economy for its type. It also leaps ahead of the run-of-the-mill in terms of its styling and pres- ents a cabin of stunning style. KIA SPORTAGE Related closely to its partner Hyundai s iX35, the striking Kia offers much the same array of model and drivetrain choices, but leans towards more chiselled styling. Refinement levels are remarkably strong, and with a starting sticker in line with some makers ordi- nary C-segment hatchbacks, the Sportage is a compelling vehicle for family and fleet aspirants. PEUGEOT RCZ This coupe marks a return to form for Peugeot both in terms of its styling and its gen- eral ride and handling set-up. A two-plus-two, with genuinely useable rear seats and a choice of PSA/BMW sourced turbocharged petrol power units with six- speed automatic or man- ual transmissions, the RCZ also caters to more than just the fashion- conscious hot-shot. PEUGEOT 3008 The family oriented 3008 crossover also shows its maker s regained chassis prowess as one of the best-riding cars driven this year. It offers the least expensive heads-up display on the market and an interior of remarkable panache in terms of practicality, material choice and build quality. PORSCHE CAY- ENNE By redesigning the car and cutting its weight by the equivalent of up two full-sized adults, Porsche has removed much of the scorn pointed at large SUV drivers. Each model is less thirsty and much cleaner than its prede- cessor, while the diesel and hybrid options give the car a remarkably gentle footprint if that s your bag. SKODA YETI A personal favourite which must be the best light SUV out there at the moment, with smart styling, a brilliant six- speed DSG-equipped 2.0-litre turbodiesel drivetrain and terrific on-road manners. It should do well and could have done even better if its $11,000 cheaper pet- rol entry-point version had reached the market in time. SUZUKI KIZASHI Last on the list but for nothing more than alphabetical reasons is this startlingly capable Japanese sedan, which as well as offering two levels of trim in base front-drive form, also comes with a sports all- wheel-drive version. Refined and blessed with huge grip and pos- sessed of one of the best CVT systems available. We ll let you know how well it does in the big one as soon as the voting has been completed. The current holder of the New Zealand Car of the Year Award is the Ford Fiesta, Other recent winners include the latest Mazda 2, Porsche Cayman, Ford Falcon, Mazda MX-5 and Mercedes-Benz C-Class, and previous generations of the Honda Accord Euro and Ford Mondeo.
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