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Land Rover sweeps New Zealand’s 2013 Automotive Awards

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12 December 2013

Land Rover sweeps New Zealand’s 2013 Automotive Awards

Range Rover wins Large SUV of the Year, Luxury Car of the Year and Supreme Car of the Year

Land Rover’s all-new Range Rover has risen above the competition in 2013, winning top awards at New Zealand’s four most prestigious automobile award ceremonies in the past month.

The all-new Range Rover has excelled in its category, winning Luxury Car of the Year at the AMI Insurance & New Zealand Autocar Car Awards, Luxury 4WD of the Year at the NZ4WD Magazine Awards and Large SUV of the Year at the AA Motoring & The New Zealand Motoring Writers Guild Car of the Year awards.

The 2013 model also picked up the coveted Overall 4WD of the Year awarded by NZ4WD Magazine and the Supreme Car of the Year Award at the National Business Review Awards.

Land Rover New Zealand Brand Manager Helen Sunley said the awards cap off what has been an exciting year for the brand, with the arrival of the world’s finest luxury SUV into New Zealand and the international launch of the all-new Range Rover Sport alongside other key models.

“We’re proud to have picked up these awards for what we know to be an unrivalled vehicle, it’s a great way to end the year. The recognition paves the way to an exciting 2014, with demand for the impressive new Range Rover Sport already driving record sales and the arrival of the new Range Rover Evoque, featuring the world’s first 9 speed transmission in early 2014,” said Sunley.

AMI and Autocar magazine have partnered together since 2006 to support the AMI NZ Car of the Year. Applicant vehicles spend a week at the hands of each of the judges and are scored out of a possible 100 points, with judges appraising vehicles on design, performance, driving dynamics, practicality, and value.

AA Motoring and The Motoring Writers’ Guild work together to recognize the motor industry to provide New Zealanders with expert advice on purchasing a vehicle. The committee composes of Motoring Writers' Guild members and AA motoring specialists. The committee identifies approximately twenty cars that meet the criteria for consideration as finalists, choosing winners from this group.

Every year NZ4WD magazine announces its award winning vehicles for the year in its December issue.

The awards are the culmination of all the vehicles tested by the Adrenalin editorial staff in the twelve months to October 1, followed by the serious debate that occurs amongst the team when making a decision on a winner in each category. The winners represent the best of the best in terms of design, ability, value for money and most importantly, fitness for the purpose intended.

The NBR Car of the Year awards are judged by acclaimed motoring journalist David Linklater and this year was presented in five categories – business, performance, small, sports and crossover – plus one supreme winner, the all-new Range Rover.

Linklater called the all-new Range Rover “a no-compromise super-luxury vehicle, with astonishing presence, exemplary refinement and what is arguably the world’s most impressive cabin environment.”

The new generation of Range Rover is the fourth model since its inception over 40 years ago and has been applauded for combining off-road capabilities and luxurious comfort and handling.

The all-new Range Rover is the world’s first SUV with a lightweight all-aluminium body, losing up to 420kg from its predecessor. The new design has developed a newfound appreciation for comfort, performance on all terrains and sustainability.

The luxurious interior incorporates classic Range Rover qualities and contemporary design, emphasizing its clean and elegant surfaces, making it the world’s most impressive cabin interior.

The success ends a busy year, with 2014 sure to deliver more accolades for the brand that continues to lead the SUV market here in New Zealand and internationally.


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