2011 Australia's Best Cars awards
The German brand snatched five
prizes,, from the crown
for best light-class car over $20,000 to the best luxury SUV over $60,000, from
a total of 15 awards.
It is the most impressive individual effort in the
12-year history of the awards, and took Volkswagen to the top of the all-time
table with 19 wins since 2000, in a contest presented each year by the
Australian Automobile Association in partnership with the seven state and
territory motorists' clubs.
is no compromise with these vehicles driving
enjoyment does not come at the expense of huge running costs and emissions
outputs, and vice versa," said chief judge, Mark Borlace.
have done a
fantastic job of minimising fuel consumption and emissions output, while
maintaining impressive levels of power and torque both with petrol and diesel
The Falcon won as the best large car over $60,000 but,, more
importantly, with the latest LPG-powered model. It is the sixth individual
category win for the Falcon, but comes in a year when sales have slumped to
raise questions about the ongoing future of a uniquely Australian family
of all, LPG is considerably cheaper than regular petrol, which
makes it cheaper to run, said Borlace.
top of that, LPG burns a lot
cleaner than petrol or diesel, which means that the Falcon EcoLPi emits just 203
grams of C02 per kilometre, compared with 236 in the regular petrol-fuelled
Falcon. Significantly, it feels exactly like a normal Falcon if anything it
feels slightly better in that it produces more power and more torque earlier in
the rev range. The Best Cars awards are open to all vehicles sold in Australia
and the results combine hard data on everything from price, economy and safety
with the opinions of a highly-qualified judging panel.
This year there
were 307 contenders in the greenest contest on record, as the 45 finalists
averaged a CO2 output of 179 grams/kilometre with fuel economy down slightly
from 7.4 to 7.37 litres/100 kilometres from 2010.
New arrivals to win in
2011 were the baby Kia Rio, hybrid Lexus CT200h and thunderous V8-powered
Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupe, while the Land Rover Discovery stretches its
category winning streak to seven years.
are the real winners when it
comes to the value presented by this year category winners, said the executive
director of the AAA, Andrew McKellar.
motorists are increasingly
tech-savvy, and they expect new cars to offer the latest in consumer technology
to complement their busy social and work lives. At the same time, a rise in the
cost of living has seen consumers trend toward cars that use less fuel compared
with equivalent older models."
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