Holden gets best car gong, Commodores popular here
IT'S Gladstone's favourite car - and now, Australian motoring royalty can sit proudly on the throne again.
Holden's Commodore was lauded among the winners of the annual Australia's Best Cars awards.
The VF Commodore trumped The Peugeot 508 diesel and Toyota's Aurion to land the large car title, while Ford's Falcon didn't make it into the top three.
Tuesday's announcement provided some much-needed good news for the Australian car manufacturing industry which has been under a dark cloud following Ford's announcement it will shut its Australian manufacturing doors by 2016.
Holden and Toyota are currently analysing their local operations.
Yet the awards were a day for celebration in what has become one of the most competitive motoring markets in the world.
The latest predictions are for national sales to top 1.2 million in 2013.
Amongst Australia's biggest selling small cars, the Hyundai i30 Active was named the victor.
And Mazda was celebrating in the medium-car segment, with the new Mazda6 Touring sedan trumping the Toyota Camry.
When it came to the performance realm, the new Volkswagen Golf GTI reigned supreme for sports cars under $50,000, while the BMW 1 Series M135i was named the winner for over $50,000.
The Ford Ranger XL won best 4WD, ahead of its twin under the skin, the Mazda BT-50.
In September, RACQ found Gladstonites owned more Holden Commodores than any other car - with Toyota Landcruisers coming in second.
- Australia's top motoring experts put the most popular cars through their paces in rigorous road tests to determine Australia's Best Cars.
- They are measured on handling, safety, security and value.
- The judges come from clubs including the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RAC, RACT and AANT.
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