Let the bat­tle be­gin

NT News - Motoring - - CARS GUIDE - By PAUL GOVER

The 10 fi­nal­ists for the COTY con­test have been culled from more than 100 new mod­els that hit Aus­tralian show­rooms over the past year

THE race for the biggest prize in Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing has be­gun.

The first five con­tenders are on the start­ing grid for the Cars­guide Car of the Year con­test of 2010, all aim­ing to suc­ceed the Volk­swa­gen Golf as the COTY cham­pion.

They range from a sub$20,000 Euro­pean hatch to a pair of $100,000-plus lux­ury con­tenders from two of the best-known brands in the busi­ness.

The field will be filled next week with the an­nounce­ment of the fi­nal five, as well as the con­tenders for the Green Car of the Year award and the Peo­ple’s Choice judg­ing.

The 10 fi­nal­ists for the COTY con­test have been culled from more than 100 new mod­els that hit Aus­tralian show­rooms over the past year and rep­re­sent ev­ery ma­jor class and cat­e­gory, from baby fuel mis­ers to sports cars and SUVs.

The first five are the BMW 5 Se­ries, Mercedes- Benz E-Class, Peu­geot RCZ, Suzuki Kiza­shi and Volk­swa­gen Polo.

Their fi­nal rank­ing in the top 10 will be de­cided by nine Cars­guide judges from across Aus­tralia, who have more than 100 years of com- bined ex­pe­ri­ence in driv­ing and as­sess­ing new cars.

For 2010 there is also a Cars­guide guest judge, fuel econ­omy cham­pion and re­tired rally star Ed Or­dyn­ski.

The cri­te­ria for the COTY con­test is sim­ple: each car is mea­sured against an over­all stan­dard of ex­cel­lence in ev­ery­thing from safety and de­sign to com­fort, qual­ity and econ­omy, as well as its class ri­vals.

Ten cars will try to suc­ceed the Volk­swa­gen Golf as the COTY cham­pion

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