Winners: People's Choice

The people have spoken. The 2016 New Zealand Car of the Year - People’s Choice is the Mazda CX-9.

2016 winner: Mazda CX-9

People's Choice 2016 - Mazda CX-9

Throughout November, nearly 30,000 votes were submitted and the Mazda CX-9 accounted for nearly 5,000 of them, beating off competition from two other SUVs - the Volkswagen Tiguan and the Kia Sportage.

The CX-9 was also voted Best in Class in the Large SUV segment this year, with the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild saying: "The crossover contains many of the Japanese company’s ‘Kodo’ design features that are seen in the CX-3 and CX-5, with a new prominent grille, giving it a more aggressive stance on the road."

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