The Road Ahead : December 2011
AUSTRALIA'S BEST CARS MOTORING AUSTRALIA'S BEST CARS -- the name says it all. This long-running, national annual awards program is much more than a 'beauty contest' where one 'hero' new release vehicle is feted as the winner. Rather, in delivering a comparative guide to more than 300 volume selling models across some 15 popular categories, Australia's Best Cars (ABC) awards is aimed squarely at you, the private car buyer. ABC is the most transparent award of its kind in Australia, being the only one that lists all scores for all judging criteria (between 19 and 21, depending on category) for every vehicle. Vehicles are scored in three key areas: value for money, design and function and on the road. Within each of these areas, there are up to eight criteria. All are given a score of between one and 10, and are then weighted critical, high, medium or low according to their importance to buyers in the relevant market segment. Information gleaned from the general public via the 'Your Say' online survey is used to tailor the weightings. As in previous years, the panel of 10 judges, representing all state auto clubs including the RACQ, faced a monumental task. In all, some 55 vehicles -- the best of the best -- were transported to the purpose-built Australian Automotive Research Centre at Anglesea in Victoria for a week of final testing and evaluation and, after driving each and crunching the numbers one more time, only then were the 15 winners and 30 placegetters determined. Why not compare the judges' choices with what you would pick? Go to www.australiasbestcars. com.au and click on the My Best Car tool. Simply select a category (e.g. People Movers), then adjust the weighting of each criteria based upon what's important to you. My Best Car will calculate and identify the three cars, in order, that best suit your requirements. and the winners are ... It's that time of the year again, when we name Australia's best cars, all 15 of them. STORY BARRY GREEN | PHOTOS JOHN KRUTOP MAKES YOUR DAY 41 DEC 2011/JAN 2012 THE ROAD AHEAD GET IT IN WRITING The 2012 Australia's Best Cars magazine is a handy, on-call, reference to what's hot and what's not. This quality, full- colour publication allows the reader to readily compare the ratings of the complete range of vehicles (more than 300) assessed in all 15 different categories. There is also expertly- researched and relevant advice on all matters of motoring and new car buying. The 2012 Australia's Best Cars magazine is available from RACQ branch offices and agents, as well as the online shop at racq.com, at the special member price of $7.95 (plus postage and handling if applicable). It is also on sale at newsagencies at the recommended retail price of $9.95. IMAGE: AUSTRALIA'S BEST CARS JUDGES AND THIS YEAR'S 15 WINNING VEHICLES.
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