New Zealand Car of the Year winners

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Best in Class - Micro/Light Car

Suzuki Swift

Bigger, bolder and better than ever, the new Swift offers a great blend of driver assistance systems and other new technology, yet it’s lighter, safer, and still fun to drive.
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Best in Class - Small/Compact Car

Holden Astra

The Holden Astra brings fresh new design, new generation engines and excellent driving dynamics and ride quality as well as competitive price points across the hatch, sedan, and station wagon models.
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Best in Class - Medium/Large Car

Volkswagen Arteon

By wanting to lure buyers away from luxury car brands with its comprehensively equipped and stylishly designed Arteon, this vehicle is changing people’s perceptions of the Volkswagen brand elevating it into a new realm.
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Best in Class - Luxury Car

BMW 5 Series

The BMW 5-series deservedly lifts the luxury crown this year thanks to its introduction of new technology such as gesture control, parking assistant plus, and wireless telephony charging as well as a suite of all-new highly efficient powertrain options.
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Best in Class - Small SUV

Toyota C-HR

While it’s unique on road presence won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, the Toyota CH-R impresses with a comfortable ride, smooth transmission, high levels of specification, and an SUV heritage other brands would love to emulate.
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Best in Class - Medium SUV

ŠKODA Kodiaq

The Kodiaq finally makes the SKODA brand come of age and reach critical mass with a seven seat passenger vehicle whose family-friendly features are indeed “Simply Clever.”
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Best in Class - Large SUV

Mazda CX-9

The Kodo-designed Mazda CX-9 is also a massive leap forward from it’s predecessor model in technology, efficiency, safety, and driver enjoyment and is fully deserving of this best in class award.
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Best in Class - Luxury SUV

Land Rover Discovery

The new Discovery not only offers outstanding packaging and comfort for seven people, it maintains it’s unique off-road capability and performance while bringing levels of Range Rover-like quality and refinement to the market at a lower price point.
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Best in Class - Utility

Ford Ranger

The Ranger continues to be New Zealand's top selling new car for the third year in a row, proving that the vehicle’s popularity is undiminished amongst media and the new vehicle buyers.
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Best in Class - Sports

Mazda MX-5

More than one million owners can’t be wrong. Not only is the Mazda MX-5 the top selling two-seat sports car around the globe it has retained it fun to drive factor through four generations
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Best in Class - EV/Plug-in Hybrid

Hyundai Ioniq

The Ioniq is the deserving winner of this new award thanks to its blend of form and function as well as the electric versions anxiety-bashing travelling range on a full charge, and the speed at which it can recharge.
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Safest Car 2017

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Cabriolet

After the success of the GLC in the Safest Car category in 2016, Mercedes-Benz scores a back to back win with its C-Class Cabriolet narrowly beating off close competition from the Toyota Prius.
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People's Choice 2017

Suzuki Swift

It's the one that the NZ public voted for and over 50,000 people had their say...
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New Zealand Car of the Year 2017

ŠKODA Kodiaq

The judging panel agreed that the Kodiaq ticked every box for a family-orientated seven-seat SUV, offering technology and features that go above and beyond the expectations of it’s price point. New Zealand motoring media agrees with European critics, SKODA make more room in your trophy cabinet because the Kodiaq is a winner.
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