The Mercedes-Benz E-Class beat nine other top contenders to take home the prestigious New Zealand Car of the Year award.
Members of the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild and an AA Motoring expert voted for their favourite from the year's latest newcomers on the NZ market, considering a range of factors including styling, performance, handling, economy, comfort, interior design, build quality, practicality, value and that all important x-factor.
Car of the Year: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Winner: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The panel said:
"When it comes to impressing, the E-Class covers every base: From its exterior sleek lines, to the outstanding cockpit with its advance technology, and its safety features that go above and beyond expectations. New Zealand's motoring media agree with international critics - "Mercedes-Benz, make room in your trophy cabin because the E-Class is a winner."