View Full Version : Australia: CARSguide Car Of The Year 06

11-30-2006, 08:34 PM
And it's very easy what it is too:<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">AUSTRALIA'S biggest and boldest gamble in motoring, the billion dollar <B>VE Holden Commodore</B> program has paid off - with the car winning this year's CARSguide Car of the Year award.<p>It means Australia's own has won the only truly national newspaper Car of the Year contest.<p>Motoring editors and key writers from News Limited newspapers throughout Australia have extensively researched, tested and judged all cars released this year to determine the proud winner. The extensive list was culled to 10 finalists. These were recently tested on all manner of road conditions, including Goulburn's Wakefield Park raceway, to determine their final finishing order. <p>And the judges have selected the <B>V8 Calais V</B>, with its brand new six-speed automatic gearbox, as the best of the range. <p>While the car has had a rocky start to life with two recalls (for a fuel leak problem and a faulty rear seat-belt buckle spring) since its launch and in an age of concern over high fuel usage, the decision may seem controversial. <p>But the Calais has clearly demonstrated that as an overall package, it is the car best suited to Australia's unique and varied driving conditions. <p>"It seems that even a billion dollars will not buy you perfection - but it does get you a lot of things to like," says The Daily Telegraph motoring editor, Kevin Hepworth. "While it has its shortcomings, the Holden Calais V V8 is a car of some considerable distinction ... and one well worth getting to know." <p>The motoring editor of Melbourne's The Herald-Sun, Paul Gover, says: "A back-to-back run between the Toyota Aurion and the Calais proved almost instantly that Holden has produced the best car of 2006." <p><br>Testers found the Calais was relatively light and had good road manners which made it an easy driving all-rounder for the family. <p>Eight motoring experts from major newspapers made their decision after extensive examination. The finalists were thoroughly checked for build quality, space, ease of parking and their resale value, as <p>well as being taken through their paces in a closed environment on the racetrack and on all types of public roads. <p>All the cars were launched from November 1 last year to November 1 this year to ensure the finalists were relevant to current buyers. <p>The field was then whittled down to the final 10, which included front-wheel drives, rear-wheel drives, all-wheel drives, turbos, hot hatches, sixes and eights, wagons, sedans, hatches and coupes, petrol and diesel. <p>Testing the cars on the racetrack at Wakefield Park and on public roads was important in revealing a car's ability to tackle the varying conditions it is likely to encounter. <p>It ensures that a sporty car gets the opportunity to show its wares in the right environment just as a family sedan can show its capabilities in different surroundings and even an SUV can strut its stuff. <p>Our testers crawled into the boots of the cars, checked the spare wheel (if any), looked under the bonnet for ease of access and rode around in the back seats to test for passenger comfort. <p>CARSguide Car of the Year previous winners <p>2005: Suzuki Swift <p>2004: Ford Territory <p>2003: Honda Accord Euro <p>2002: Ford Falcon BA <p>2001: Holden Monaro <p>2000: Mercedes-Benz C-Class <p>1999: Toyota Echo <p>1998: Holden Astra <p>1997: Holden Commodore VT <br></TD></TR></TABLE><p>Source: carsguide.com.au

11-30-2006, 08:37 PM
No surprise there. As for the Holden, a well-deserved win. I heard that the VE Commodore might come to our shores as a Pontiac. Is that correct or was that my dreams again? Correct me if I'm wrong.

against the wall
11-30-2006, 08:41 PM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>-R8-</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">No surprise there. As for the Holden, a well-deserved win. I heard that the VE Commodore might come to our shores as a Pontiac. Is that correct or was that my dreams again? Correct me if I'm wrong.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>see chicago auto show...

11-30-2006, 08:55 PM
The ECHO has won an award before? Wow. Shocker. Seriously. No sarcasm.

11-30-2006, 10:05 PM
That's weird, last year Toyota Yaris should win here. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>Well, that's not over yet. There's Australia's Best Cars award coming next week and wheels COTY coming next month or Feburary (forgot about the dates now).

12-01-2006, 03:33 AM
OH MY GOD!! SHOCK HORROR!!<p>No!! Your kidding me right?? I would have never of guessed it??<p>This is starting to get really old. <p>Yes, the new Commodore is a good car- did I just say that??, anyway, should we even bother with any more "Car Of The Year" award's in Australia?? We know already who's going to win it!!<p>Sorry for the slight sarcasm to my post guy's!! Hahaha!!

Top Secret
12-01-2006, 05:05 AM
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>anonms</b> &raquo;</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">The ECHO has won an award before? Wow. Shocker. Seriously. No sarcasm.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I believe it also won the European Car of the Year when it debuted as well.

12-01-2006, 07:01 PM
Well, the Yaris was speced really well; so I guess the AU ECHO/Yaris is closer to the European Yaris in specs?