Let the battle begin
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