** Corolla, Camry, Supra, RAV4 and HiLux all category winners in ABC **
** Cars praised by judges for safety, driving performance and value **
** Toyota models named the best from nearly 200 vehicles assessed **
Toyota has dominated the annual Australia’s Best Cars Awards taking home the top award for the best car in five of the 13 categories.
The Corolla Ascent Sport, Camry Ascent Sport Hybrid, RAV4 GXL Hybrid, Supra GTS and HiLux SR5 were all named as the best in class in the national motoring awards run by Australia’s motoring clubs.
RACV Senior Motoring Journalist and Australia’s Best Cars judge Tim Nicholson said Toyota was a deserving winner in the small (under $35,000), medium (under $65,000), all-wheel drive SUV (under $55,000), sports car ($65,000-$125,000) and 4×4 dual-cab ute categories.
“Australia’s Best Cars is the largest independent new car assessment and awards program in the country. It’s designed to help potential buyers determine the right vehicle to suit their needs, budget and lifestyle,” Mr Nicholson said.
“This year’s results highlight the strength of Toyota’s brand and current product, taking home five of the 13 awards and making them a great option for potential new car buyers,” he said.
The judges praised the Toyota winners for their high levels of safety, smooth performance, value-for-money, spacious functionality and hybrid powertrains after one of the most rigorous testing procedures of any motoring awards.
The team of eight judges assessed nearly 200 of the top-selling vehicles currently on sale in Australia, whittling them down to 50 finalists for a week of track and on and off-road testing.
The awards also take into account pricing, depreciation, fuel consumption, standard features, safety and practicality, as well as running and repair costs in a comprehensive analysis of data covering up to 21 scoring areas for each vehicle.
Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley, said he was proud to receive the prestigious awards that are judged based on criteria that truly reflects what customers were looking for in a new car.
“These awards cover more than just a test of how the car is to drive, taking into consideration such things as safety, value for money and running costs and these are areas in which our customers demand the best,” Mr Hanley said.
“Every Toyota model awarded has a comprehensive array of Toyota Safety Sense features including our autonomous emergency braking pre-collision safety system and have achieved a five-star ANCAP or Euro-NCAP safety rating.
“In addition to that, the increasing availability of our petrol-electric hybrid powertrain across a range of models not only improves our environmental performance, it helps customers keep their running costs to a minimum with lower fuel bills.
“Winning these awards reflects the confidence that the market has in our products with the Corolla and HiLux maintaining their positions as the number one sellers in their categories,” he said.