The annual New Zealand Car of the Year awards

The annual New Zealand Car of the Year awards

BMW i3 was named New Zealand Car of the Year 2015.

It's interesting that the i3 won, but at price tag of some $83,500 in New Zealand dollars, according to stuff (which is $56,000 U.S.), it's very expensive.

"The BMW i3 – a five door compact electric car – beat nine top contenders to take home the prestigious award of 2015 New Zealand Car of the Year.

Members of the New Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild and an AA motoring expert voted on the list of finalists, considering styling, performance, handling, economy, comfort, interior design, build quality and finish, practicality, value for money and its X-factor."

AA Motoring Services General Manager Stella Stocks said:

“The BMW i3 is the epitome of what electric vehicles can offer Kiwi motorists which is a fresh and exciting alternative to their fossil-fuelled cousins. While EVs aren’t for everyone they are starting to make their mark, particularly in urban environments. Some manufacturers, like BMW, are investing heavily to develop technology ensuring that there will be an EV revolution in markets like New Zealand, around the world.”

Here are the top ten Car of the Year 2015 finalists:

  • Audi Q7
  • BMW i3
  • Ford Mondeo
  • Hyundai Tucson
  • Land Rover Discovery Sport
  • Mazda2
  • Mazda CX-3
  • Mazda MX-5
  • Subaru Legacy
  • Volvo XC90