NZ Company Vehicle magazine announces 2012 business car of the year awards

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Managing editor John Oxley has announced the winners of the NZ Company Vehicle Business Car of the Year awards.

To qualify for the NZ Company Vehicle Business Car of the Years awards the vehicles had to be subjected to a road test by end of the first week of October. More than 150 vehicles qualified this year and were tested by the NZ Company Vehicle editorial team which includes John Oxley, editor-at-large Robert Barry and contributor Damien O’Carroll.

Small Business Car of the Year 2012: Honda Civic Euro

“The Honda Civic Euro easily stood out among some very good entrants in the small car fleet this year because of its outstanding design, handling and ride quality,” says Oxley.

“It sets new benchmarks for the small car class. More than anything else, its European design dares to be different in a class where so many of the cars look very similar.”

The entry-level 1.8S manual offers aircon, electric windows and mirrors, and Bluetooth, as well as Honda’s intelligent-Multi Information Display, and on the Euro L, Bluetooth phone control with contact and call syncing.

Reversing camera and a four-speaker sound system are fitted to the S, while the L adds seven-speaker audio and cruise control. A tyre deflation warning system is also standard, and the manual versions get hill start assist.

Other winners:

Compact Business Car of the Year 2012: Toyota Prius C

Medium Business Car of the Year 2012: Ford Mondeo Titanium

Large Business Car of the Year 2012: Ford Falcon EcoBoost

Executive Car of the Year 2012: Jaguar XF 2.2D

4WD of the Year 2012: Mazda CX-5

Ute of the Year 2012: Mazda BT-50

Van of the Year 2012: Ford Transit

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