Pick the ONE
Meet the finalists in Australia’s best-read and only relevant Car of the Year award
firstname.lastname@example.org PICKING the best car in a year of 1.1 million projected sales is
Carsguide’s task this week. As record November sales of 98,700 were announced, our team was testing its 10 plus one (we’ll explain in a minute) finalists in the 16th annual
Carsguide Car of the Year. The candidates and testers go through an exhaustiveevaluation regime.
There is an unprecedented number of SUVs in the field, a reflection of this segment’s domination of the passenger car market.
For the first time, there’s a dual-cab ute. Purists argue these are not cars but trucks. Yet they are the primary vehicle for tens of thousands of families. So it’s in.
The finalists’ countries of origin mirror your buying preferences in 2012.
Four hail from Japan, two each from Korea and Thailand, one each from the EU, Australia and the US.
Even in a year of outstanding prestige and luxury car releases— from McLaren through to the Porsche 911 to the Lexus GS—
Carsguide’s preference remains for cars the vast majority of us buy with our own money.
We’ll address the prestige cars of the year next week.
At barely under $60,000, Holden’s revolutionary Volt is the most expensive car here. Five start under $30,000.
Wherever possible we have stipulated entry level models with automatic transmissions. ute comparison test, this locally developed tradie lugger-cumfamily hauler is the best of the new generation. most sophisticated car ever to bear the Holden badge, a clever and above all practical electric vehicle augmented by a petrol engine. confined to small cars. This is a big, quality SUV with a capable and efficient diesel engine. design isn’t inimical to the Corolla’s traditional virtues Probably the next No.1 selle