New Zealand Car of the Year Volkswagen Golf

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Published 3 September 2020

The Volkswagen Golf was named as the 2013 New Zealand Car of the Year at an event hosted by the AA and the NZ Motoring Writers’ Guild at Auckland’s Viaduct Events Centre.

Competition and Selection Process

The compact car beat out nine other finalists to take the crown, including the Subaru BRZ, the sister car to 2012’s Car of the Year, the Toyota 86. Members of the New Zealand Motoring Writers’ Guild voted on the list of finalists to produce the VW Golf as the eventual winner. The judges considered various factors, including styling, performance, handling, economy, comfort, interior design, build quality and finish, practicality, value for money, and the important X-factor.

Premium European Experience at Mainstream Prices

Guild president David Linklater says the VW Golf offers a premium European driving experience and quality at mainstream prices. “Volkswagen has been giving the compact car market a bit of a push with the Golf,” Mr. Linklater says. “While previous models have been popular, the new Golf is priced to compete with mainstream, non-European brands.”

AA Motoring Services and Best in Class

AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks says the New Zealand Car of the Year awards enable the AA to provide consumers with relevant and useful information, including the judges’ picks for all vehicle categories – Best in Class. “It’s important that consumers have clear guidance on what New Zealand’s motoring experts believe is the best offering in each class to help inform their buying decision.”

Best in Class Results

Volvo V40 Wins Best in Class – Safety Award

Separate from the selection of the Car of the Year for 2013, the judges voted on nine categories with the 10th being the safest car – the award going to the vehicle that received the highest Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) rating for both crash test performance and pedestrian safety. The Volvo V40 earned the Best in Class – Safety award. Ms. Stocks says Volvo produced a car with impressive occupant safety performance and a range of safety assist technologies to help minimise the chance of a crash.

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