The 2014 NZ Car of the Year is also the people’s choice

The 2014 NZ Car of the Year is also the people’s choice


Not only is the Mazda3 the New Zealand Car of the Year for 2014 as voted by the NZ Motoring Writer’s Guild, it has won the approval of the public.

Ahead of the NZ Car of the Year award announcement on December 4, the AA ran a social media campaign to ascertain out of all cars launched this year – which one would be the People’s Choice car of the year.

With 14% of the nearly 20,000 total votes, the Mazda3 won the People’s Choice – more than double the votes of its closest rival, the Honda Jazz.

The top 10 cars from the public vote:

  • Mazda3
  • Honda Jazz
  • Holden Trax
  • Ford EcoSport
  • Suzuki S-Cross
  • Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV
  • Ranger Rover Sport
  • Subaru WRX/STI
  • Jeep Cherokee
  • Lexus ES

AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks says the Mazda3 has become a Kiwi favourite since its introduction a decade ago.

“The Mazda3 is a versatile car, that through every iteration has offered consumers high levels of safety, style, function and is packed full of features.”

As well as securing the People’s Choice Award, the Mazda3 was also named as the Driven car of the year by the New Zealand Herald on the weekend.

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