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Toyota range scoops top gong

Dominance of car of the year awards by one model makes it “too hard” to pick an overall winner.
Posted on 26 February, 2021
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The Toyota Yaris range took out the NZ Autocar Car of the Year 2020 title  
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Under $30k category winner, the Toyota Yaris  
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The Ford Escape won the $45k-$60k section  
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The Toyota Yaris Cross shone in the $30k-$45k class  
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Kia’s Sorento scooped the $60k-$100k crown   
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Luxury section winner, the Land Rover Defender  
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The MG ZS EV triumphed in the electric category  
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The Toyota GR Yaris won the performance section  
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The GMW Cannon was named ute of the year  

Judges of an annual awards were so impressed with the different variants of the Toyota Yaris that they have handed the top gong to the whole range.

The Yaris range was announced the overall winner in the race to be named New Zealand Autocar Car of the Year 2020 after versions of the model took out three of the other eight categories.

The Toyota Yaris won the under $30k section, the Yaris Cross claimed top spot in the $30k-$45k category, and the GR Yaris scooped the performance title.

NZ Autocar announced the winners in the latest edition of its magazine, which was published on February 24.

Cars were judged on five main criteria that covered design, performance, driving dynamics, practicality and value.

“With a Yaris taking out three of our class wins, it was too hard to pick an overall winner, so we’re naming the Yaris range our Car of the Year,” says the magazine. “Weird? Well, that’s 2020 for you.”

Other victors include the Ford Escape in the $45k-$60k class, Kia’s Sorento in the $60k-$100k category, while the GMW Cannon has been named top ute.

NZ Autocar Car of the Year 2020 winners

Under $30k – Toyota Yaris
$30k-$45k – Toyota Yaris Cross
$45k-$60k – Ford Escape
$60k-$100k – Kia Sorento
Luxury – Land Rover Defender
Electric – MG ZS EV
Performance – Toyota GR Yaris
Ute – GMW Cannon
Car of the Year – Toyota Yaris Range