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Seven Class Winners of the AA EnergyWise Rally

Media Release : 10 November 2006

Seven Class Winners of the AA EnergyWise Rally Announced

The winners of the seven vehicle classes in the 2006 AA EnergyWise Rally are:

Small Class – Smart Fortwo Coupe
Compact Class – Honda Civic Hybrid
Medium / Executive Class – Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI DSG
Large / Luxury Class – Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TDI DSG Sedan
Small Lifestyle / Leisure Class – BMW X3 2.0L Diesel
Large Lifestyle / Leisure Class – Hyundai Santa Fe 2.2 CRDi
Commercial Class – Volkswagen T5 Transporter SWB 1.9 TDI Manual

Stella Stocks, AA General Manager for Technical Services says “all of the class winners showed outstanding fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness. No matter what size vehicle suits your lifestyle, the results of the rally show that motorists have the ability to choose a fuel efficient vehicle.”

“We hope the results of the Rally will assist motorists to make informed choices when purchasing a new vehicle.”

The AA EnergyWise Rally is New Zealand’s only car rally to promote fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness. It is designed to identify the most fuel efficient new cars and the most effective fuel-saving driving techniques over a four day period. The Rally is held every two years and is organised by the AA and EECA, (the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority). Fuel is being supplied free of charge to all vehicles by Gull New Zealand Ltd.

The class winners of the 2006 AA EnergyWise Rally, were announced at an awards dinner held at the Ellerslie Convention Centre in Auckland last tonight. The dinner was attended by over 200 vehicle industry representatives and invited guests and marked the end of a challenging week for the 108 drivers of the 54 vehicles involved in the Rally.

In addition to the above class winners, the three major awards were also presented at the dinner: the AA EnergyWise Environment Award, the AA EnergyWise Driver Award and the AA EnergyWise Supreme Winner.

Further information about the rally, including all the results, is available online at www.aaenergywiserally.co.nz.

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