Show­down in COTY con­test

NT News - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - By PAUL GOVER

THE field has been com­pleted for the 2010 run­ning of the Cars­guide Car of the Year con­test.

The fi­nal five con­tenders are re­vealed to­day and com­plete the 10-car lineup for the two days of back-to­back as­sess­ment and com­par­i­son that will de­cide the biggest prize in Aus­tralian mo­tor­ing.

Each is aim­ing to suc­ceed the Volk­swa­gen Golf as the COTY cham­pion.

The new con­tenders range from the small­est to the largest in the 2010 field, the baby Hyundai i20 and the Kia Sportage SUV, as well as the only home­grown hero in the field, the Toy­ota Camry Hy­brid. The Skoda Su­perb wagon and Subaru Forester diesel also sur­vived the cull of more than 100 new mod­els that hit Aus­tralian show­rooms over the past year.

They are joined to­day by the con­tenders for the Green Car of the Year award and the Peo­ple’s Choice judg­ing.

The four green he­roes in the 2010 con­test are the Holden Ba­rina Spark, Volk­swa­gen Polo diesel, the Camry Hy­brid and Holden’s lat­est E85-com­pat­i­ble Com­modore VEII.

Full de­tails of the Peo­ple’s Choice con­tenders -­

The COTY fi­nal­ists rep­re­sent ev­ery ma­jor class and cat­e­gory in Aus­tralian show­rooms, from baby fuel mis­ers to sports cars and SUVs. Their fi­nal rank­ing in the top 10 will be de­cided by Cars­guide judges from across Aus­tralia, who have more than 100 years of com­bined ex­pe­ri­ence in driv­ing and as­sess­ing new cars, as well as fuel econ­omy cham­pion and re­tired rally star Ed Or­dyn­ski.

The cri­te­ria is: each car is mea­sured against an over­all­stan­dard of ex­cel­lence in safety and de­sign, com­fort, qual­ity and econ­omy, as well as its class ri­vals in the field.

The 2010 Kia Sportage aim­ing to speed past con­tenders

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