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Eleven finalists make the cut for people’s choice category in prestigious 2021 AA DRIVEN Car of the Year Awards.
Posted on 12 November, 2021
Vote for your favourite car

The AA and New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) motoring platform DRIVEN have launched the search for Kiwis’ favourite car.

Voting in the hugely popular people’s choice category is now under way in the 2021 AA DRIVEN Car of the Year Awards.

The 11 finalists are the Ford Ranger, Mazda CX-5, Nissan Navara, Suzuki Swift and Tesla Model 3, three Mitsubishis – the ASX, Outlander and Triton, and Toyota’s Corolla, Hilux and RAV 4.

As well as voting for their favourite, people taking part will be in with a chance to win $5,000 worth of fuel or electric-vehicle charging.

After a year in the boot, the organisers have decided it’s time to jump-start the fiercely competitive awards, which are regarded by many in the automotive industry as the country’s most prestigious.

From a team of five experienced judges representing the AA and DRIVEN, the awards celebrate the best cars on sale in New Zealand with finalists selected across a range of categories.

“DRIVEN’s team of motoring experts test and review hundreds of cars each year to help keep Kiwis in the motoring know,” says Natasha Callister, NZME’s head of automotive and DRIVEN.

“Choosing a new vehicle is exciting and can also be a bit daunting, so our team is here to help buyers not only see what vehicles are available, but to also help them decide which make and model best suits their needs. Car of the year showcases the best of the best. We’re delighted to be returning.”

Jonathan Sergel, the AA’s general manager of motoring services, adds: “While we are all looking forward to motorists sharing their views, the awards are also a fantastic way for distributors to get a deeper insight into just what New Zealanders are looking for in a vehicle.”

Members of the public can cast their vote for the people’s choice award by clicking here

“While the AA DRIVEN Car of the Year selection process is based on our judges’ selections, the people’s choice is based on the top 10 best-selling passenger vehicles in New Zealand up to the end of October 2021, and given the race was so close we’ve added in an extra option,” says DRIVEN Editor Dean Evans.

Voting is open until 5pm on November 30. The results will be announced in the December 11 issue of DRIVEN.