VW Polo wins Car of the Year ti­tle

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The Volk­swa­gen Polo has snared the top gong at the an­nual AMI In­surance NZ Au­to­car Car of the Year Awards.

It is the third time a small car has won the award in the past four years.

Scor­ing con­sis­tently on all the judg­ing cri­te­ria, the small­est Volk­swa­gen avail­able in New Zealand was ranked first over­all by three of the six judges, beat­ing the BMW 5 Se­ries to claim the over­all Car of the Year award, as well as tak­ing the prize for the best small car.

NZ Au­to­car edi­tor and chief judge Kyle Cas­sidy said the Polo scored par­tic­u­larly well for its de­sign, prac­ti­cal­ity and per­for­mance.

‘‘No other small car comes close to of­fer­ing the mix of re­fine­ment, qual­ity and tech­ni­cal nous as this year’s win­ner,’’ he said.

‘‘The Polo TSI is a highly ac­com­plished pack­age that proves a small car can have a big at­ti­tude.’’

Six-time Qan­tas me­dia award win­ner Paul Owen and the two-time win­ner of the Motorsport NZ award for tele­vi­sion, Shaun Sum­mer­field, both felt the Polo could pos­si­bly be the best small car ever.

An­other judge, Damien O’Car­roll, summed up this year’s win­ner as ‘‘ a lit­tle car with mas­sive abil­ity’’.

‘‘It’s great look­ing, with a great driv­e­line,’’ he said.

‘‘The Polo is like that an­noy- ing kid at school who could do no wrong.’’

The Volk­swa­gen Polo went against five other ve­hi­cles for the over­all AMI In­surance NZ Au­to­car Car of the Year Award.

The award iden­ti­fies the best new car re­leased in the pre­ced­ing 12 months.

Six judges took the cars on a rig­or­ous road drive through the mid­dle of the North Is­land, cov­er­ing 1000 kilo­me­tres in two days.

Each car re­ceived a com­bined score out of 100 and was judged on de­sign, per­for­mance, driv­ing dy­nam­ics, prac­ti­cal­ity and value.

The cat­e­gory win­ners were se­lected by the judges from new mod­els launched in New Zealand be­tween Novem­ber 30, 2009 and Novem­ber 30 this year. The other fi­nal­ists in­cluded: Com­pact Car – Nis­san Qashqai

Medium/Large Car – Skoda Su­perb Combi

Per­for­mance Car – Subaru WRX Lux­ury Car – BMW 5 Se­ries Cross­over/SUV – Mit­subishi ASX

Last year’s win­ner of the NZ Au­to­car Car of the Year award was the Ford Fi­esta.

The AMI Au­to­car Bike of the Year was also an­nounced, with the award go­ing to the Du­cati Mul­tiStrada 1200S.

Ac­cord­ing to Mr Cas­sidy, the Mul­tiStrada 1200, with its four-bikes-in-one con­cept, rep­re­sents and delivers new lev­els of in­no­va­tion, per­for­mance, safety and ver­sa­til­ity to the ad­ven­ture tour­ing and cross­over seg­ment as well as the bike in­dus­try over­all.

Full re­sults from the awards will be pub­lished in the Jan­uary is­sue of NZ Au­to­car Mag­a­zine, on sale on De­cem­ber 16.

Tech­ni­cal nous: The Volk­swa­gen Polo is NZ Au­to­car’s Car of the Year, mix­ing re­fine­ment and qual­ity.

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