2012 Australia’s Best Car Awards Announced

The results are in for the 2012 Australia’s Best Car (ABC) Awards. Now in its 20th year, the ABC Awards are presented by the Australian Automobile Association on behalf of Australia’s Motoring Clubs.

The national judging panel was headed by Mark Borlace, with over 30 years of motor industry experience. Representatives from the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and AANT were also on the panel.

The judging criteria takes into account price, depreciation, fuel efficiency, running and repair costs, warranty, insurance and standard features. The vehicle’s design and function, and safety and build quality are also taken into consideration.

Here are the 2012 results:

Best Light Car Under $20,000Kia Rio Si

Best Light Car Over $20,000 – Volkswagen Polo 66TDI Comfortline Manual

Best Small Car Under $35,000Hyundai i30 Active Automatic

Best Small Car Over $35,000 – Ford Focus Titanium Automatic

Best Medium Car Under $50,000 – Toyota Camry Hybrid H

Best Medium Car Over $50,000 – BMW 320i

Best Large Car Under $60,000 – Ford Falcon G6 EcoBoost

Best Large Car Over $60,000Lexus GS350 F Sport

Best Sports Car Under $80,000BMW 135i

Best Sports Car Over $80,000 – BMW M3 Coupé Manual

Best SUV Under $40,000Kia Sportage SLi AWD

Best SUV Over $40,000Hyundai Santa Fe Elite Diesel

Best Luxury SUV Over $60,000 – Volkswagen Touareg V6 TDI

Best All-Terrain Four Wheel Drive – Land Rover Discovery 4 SDV6 SE

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