Unfortunately the Subaru BRZ wasn't quite released in time down here in
New Zealand in time for the Car of the Year awrds (maybe it will win next
year), but it's twin the Toyota 86 did win.
This is from the New Zealand Automobile Association's latest Autumn 2013
And the winner is ...
At a glitering evenet in Auckland [New Zeland] last December
the major players of the New Zealand motoring industry
gathered to discover which vehicle would drive off with the
prestigious title of Car of the Year 2012.
The awards, presented by the AA and the Motoring Writers
Guild, also acknowledged excellence in ten distinct
To be eligible for contention, vehicles had to have been
launched in New Zealand in the 12 months to October 2012,
and been put through their paces by the voting panel.
To a raptuous round of applause, the New Zealand Car of the
Year 2012 was announced as the Toyota 86.
Motoring Writers Guild President David Linklater described
Toyota's rear wheel drive sports coupe as "fantastic",
saying the car "provides a high level of performance and
Stella Stocks, AA General Manager of Motoring Services,
also had high praise for the car, saying it "has sublime
handling and is quick enough to be entertaining".
The New Zealand Car of the Year 2012 winners:
Car of the Year Toyota 86
Small Car Class Suzuki Swift
Compact Car Class Ford Focus
Medium Car Class BMW 3 Series
Large Car Class Skoda Superb
Luxury Car Class BMW 5 Series
Small/Medium SUV Class Mazda CX-5
Large SUV Class BMW X5
Sports/Performance Class Toyota 86
Utility Class Ford Ranger
Safest Car BMW 3 Series
For more info on the Awards, see http://www.aa.co.nz/nzcoty