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Ford Territory Takes Inaugural AA Award

Ford Territory Takes Inaugural AA Motoring Excellence Award

The Inaugural Supreme winner of the prestigious AA Motoring Excellence Award is the Ford Territory TX AWD Auto, selected for its outstanding performance in many areas. It successfully manages to be all things to all people from comfortable family car to hard-core off-roader.

The Ford Territory was selected from eleven Excellence Award category winners at a prestigious black tie function at the Langham Hotel in Auckland tonight.

The 11 Excellence Category Winners are -

Vodafone Environmental Excellence Award - Toyota Prius Hybrid

GE Money Excellence in Safety Award - Subaru Legacy 3.O R and Outback 3.O R Wagon

Deloitte Excellence in Motoring Journalism Award - Dave Moore

Vero Insurance Luxury Vehicle Award - Audi A6 3.2 FSI Quattro Tiptronic

National Bank Medium / Large Car Award - Volvo V50 T5 Wagon

Castrol Lifestyle Vehicle Award - Ford Territory TX AWD Auto

BP Soft Touch Technology Carwash Performance Car Award - Porsche 911 Carrera S Manual

Bridgestone Convertible Car Award - Nissan 350Z Roadster Manual

Eyepro Eyecare Medium 4 Cylinder Car Award - Subaru Legacy 2.5i Wagon

Swann Insurance Compact Car Award - Volkswagen 2.0 FSI Manual

J.D. Power & Associates Small Car Award - Ford Fiesta 5-door Hatch Duratec Auto

NZAA Chief Executive, Brian Gibbons, said the shift from an annual Car of the Year Award to the AA Motoring Excellence Awards had exceeded all expectations. "Where, last year we had 31 vehicles nominated, this year we had over 100," Mr. Gibbons said.

"We also presented two special Awards - one recognising an outstanding contribution to motoring in New Zealand to Colin Giltrap and the other to the Traffic and Road Research Group (TARS) at University of Waikato

"For over 40 years Colin has played a key role in the motor industry, not just in New Zealand, but around the world. It is well known that he has been a very successful Kiwi businessman. What is not so well known is his selfless contribution to the community through generous support of numerous charities, including the Starship Children's Foundation."

"The other special award recognises the excellence of the work of the Traffic and Road Research Group (TARS) at the Department of Psychology at University of Waikato in the road safety area," Mr. Gibbons said.

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