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Contenders for clean-car prizes

NZ Car of the Year organisers reveal more of the finalists vying for honours in 2023. PLUS - gallery
Posted on 14 November, 2023
HEV finalist: Honda ZR-V  
Photos: NZME
HEV finalist: Kia Niro  
HEV finalist: Toyota Corolla Cross  
PHEV finalist: Audi Q5  
PHEV finalist: Mazda CX-60  
PHEV finalist: Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV  
BEV finalist: BYD Dolphin  
BEV finalist: Ford Mustang Mach-E  
BEV finalist: MG4  

The finalists in the three clean-car categories of this year’s AA Driven Car Guide New Zealand Car of the Year have been revealed with nine different marques represented among the nominees.

There are prizes for the best hybrid (HEV), plug-in hybrid (PHEV) and battery electric vehicle (BEV) up for grabs in the annual competition, with the winners set to be announced on December 1.

Honda, Kia and Toyota are represented in the HEV section, while the top three for the PHEV class features models from Audi, Mazda and Mitsubishi.

As for the BEV category, that is a battle between BYD’s Dolphin, the MG 4 and Ford’s Mustang Mach-E.

Competition organisers have previously revealed the finalists for the People’s Choice awards and the small, medium and large SUV sections<>.

A total of 11 awards will be dished out in 2023, with more contenders set to be announced over the coming weeks, plus one vehicle will be crowned overall car of the year. Last year’s top honour was won by Ford’s Ranger.


HEV: Honda ZR-V, Kia Niro, Toyota Corolla Cross

PHEV: Audi Q5, Mazda CX-60, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV

BEV: BYD Dolphin, Ford Mustang Mach-E, MG4