The Automobile Association and the New Zealand Motoring Writers Guild have announced the 10 vehicles they have selected as finalists for the 2012 New Zealand Car of the Year award.
The list features a variety of vehicles that includes hybrids, utes, sports models and executive cars.
David Linklater, President of the NZ Motoring Writers Guild, said consolidating the entire year's new-vehicle releases down to just 10 vehicles was a difficult process, ''and there was certainly strong debate amongst the panel about every finalist''.
"We are particularly pleased with the diversity of the shortlist. Hybrids, crossover wagons, executive cars, genuine sports models and even double-cab utes, are all there on the list. The Guild and AA voting panel will have its work cut out to select the winner," Mr Linklater said.
AA motoring services general manager Stella Stocks said the 10-vehicle shortlist represented a good cross section of new vehicles available for the Kiwi motorist.
The AA and the Guild have also announced there will be a safety award and nine separate vehicle category awards: Small Car, Compact Car, Medium Car, Large Car, Sports/Performance Car, SUV Small/Medium, SUV Large, Luxury, and Utility.
"Motorists will also be very interested in the winners of the nine separate vehicle categories, so they can purchase the vehicle that best suits their needs - be it a small car for driving around town, or a SUV for going to the mountain. The benefit of having a safety award speaks for itself," Ms Stocks said.
The winner of the 2012 New Zealand Car of the Year Award, and the winners of the nine separate vehicle categories and the safety award, will be publicly announced in Auckland on 12 December.
Finalists for the 2012 New Zealand Car of the Year award (in alphabetical order): BMW 3 Series; Ford Ranger; Honda Civic Euro; Hyundai i40; Mazda BT-50; Mazda CX-5; Range Rover Evoque; Subaru Impreza/XV; Toyota Prius C; Toyota 86.
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