Australia’s Best Cars Top Models of the Year Awardees

 

Australia’s Best Cars has recently revealed its list of this year’s top models. After the country’s auto clubs voted for the winners the classy European Ford Mondeo came up to lead five new entries in the ranks.

The Ford Mondeo has reflected the changing face of Australian new-car showrooms. It has been one of over 50 new arrivals for 2007, which has been evaluated for the consumer-focused ranking.

Other than the Mondeo, the Volkswagen Golf R32, BMW M3, Nissan X-Trail and BMW X5 were the ones included in the Best Cars honour roll. According to news.com, “Each of them had to unseat an existing category winner in a contest that places as much importance on measurable consumer benefits – from safety and fuel economy to their green rating – as the judges’ rating of their driving ability.”

Ernest Litera, the chief judge of the Australia’s Best Cars contest, said, “The Mondeo reflects all the shifts in the market in one car.”

“This is a vehicle that has the space and comfort we’re traditionally found in a large car, and it is available with a diesel engine. The market is shifting to quality mid-size cars,” he added.

BMW, a German automaker, was also able to get two new winners in the ranking – the high-performance M3 and the diesel model of its new full-size X5 four-wheel drive. Both reflected the amount of technology in 21st century cars.

In this eighth Best Cars judging, over 250 contenders were tested prior to the final back-to-back assessment of 35 finalists at the Automotive Research Centre at Anglesea in Victoria.

Mike Harris, the executive director of the Australian Automobile Association, said, “These awards are not about the automotive industry – they are about the consumer… AAA and Australia’s automotive clubs represent more than 6.5 million members and these awards provide them – and all motorists – with an independent program.”

The ranking was made up of some repeat champions. Anyway, you may just check out the list below and see for yourself…

  • Small car – Volkswagen Polo TDI
  • Mid-size car under $28,000 – Honda Civic VTi
  • Mid-size car over $28,000 – Ford Mondeo TDCi
  • Large car – Toyota Aurion AT-X
  • People mover – Honda Odyssey Luxury
  • Sports car – Volkswagen Golf R32
  • Luxury sports car – BMW M3
  • Prestige car – Lexus IS250
  • Luxury car – Lexus GS450h
  • Recreational 4WD – Nissan X-Trail ST
  • Luxury 4WD – BMX X5 Diesel
  • All-terrain 4WD – Land Rover Discovery 3 SE TDV6
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