Peugeot a top prize
SHE voted for the Maserati, but she’ll be driving home in the Peugeot RCZ that the public chose as carsGuide Car of the Motor Show.
Sydney nursing assistant Sylvia Soos, 50, has won the stunning Peugeot RCZ sports car with her SMS entry in the competition, in which car fans around Australia voted to pick the best vehicle at the Australian International Motor Show.
‘‘ Are you serious?’’ Ms Soos exclaimed when told of her win. ‘‘I’m stunned. It’s a great car . . . a beautiful car I never dreamed of winning.’’
Ms Soos says she will be be pleased to bid goodbye to her current car.
‘‘It’s about 10 years old and we’ve had a lot of problems with it. ‘‘This is just the perfect surprise.’’ Already an icon of automotive design with its curved roofline and chic European lines, the RCZ is a real head-turner and is guaranteed to make a splash in Ms Soos’s street.
She will be driving the special 200th Anniversary version, valued at more than $68,000 on the road, powered by a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel and with a carbon-fibre roof, premium pearl white metallic paint, 19-inch Sortilege alloy wheels set off by matt black brake callipers, and the RCZ carbonfibre luggage set.
The winner was selected at random from all those who voted, no matter which car they chose as best.
Though Ms Soos voted for the Maserati, the Peugeot RCZ was judged carsGuide Car of the Motor Show by the public with 17 per cent of the vote, topping the polls in four states. Tasmania and the Northern Territory favoured the Lexus LFA.
However, the Lexus finished fifth overall in the 30,000 votes received. In second place was the HSV GTS with 12 per cent of the vote, third was the Audi A1 and fourth the MercedesBenz SLS AMG Gullwing.
Six runner-up prize-winners, one from each state, will receive Caltex StarCash to the value of $3000. The Victorian winner is Margaret Tescher.
Best in show: the $68,000 Peugeot RCZ was voted Car of the Australian International Motor Show.