Peu­geot a top prize

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Motorsport -

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.

KARLA PIN­COTT

Best in show: the $68,000 Peu­geot RCZ was voted Car of the Aus­tralian In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Show.

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