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Australia's motoring clubs have considered a record field of 307 cars and SUVs spread across 15 categories for this year's Australia's Best Cars awards.

The awards are conducted by state motoring clubs under the umbrella of the Australian Automobile Association (AAA).

They will be announced on November 29 in Melbourne.

AAA-affiliated clubs have 6.5 million members across Australia.

The record field has been culled to 45 finalists, which are being evaluated at the Australian Automotive Research Centre at Anglesea, Victoria.

AAA chief executive Andrew McKellar said Australia's Best Cars had earned strong credibility among car buyers because of its objectivity.

"All scores and data collated from the testing are published to give complete transparency," Mr McKellar said.

"More than half of the judging criteria are based on measurable standards.

"Where opinion is the basis of a determination, the scores of all 10 judges are averaged to ensure impartiality."

Mr McKellar said Australia's Best Cars had evolved into an industry benchmark used by carmakers to seek improvement from their factories and to determine comparative advantages against competitors.

Australia's Best Cars had become a valuable source of information for car buyers, helping them make informed decisions when choosing their next vehicle.

The AAA will publish a comprehensive magazine outlining the performance of all contenders and will also publish its findings on the Australia's Best Cars website (

"The awards can have a significant effect on the market," Mr McKellar said.

Australia's Best Cars scoring criteria are weighted to reflect consumer requirements.

A 'My Best Car' feature on the Australia's Best Car's website allows motorists to apply their own weighting to the scoring criteria depending on their own needs, to arrive at a comparative score between vehicles.

"For example, judges may determine that performance handling is not an essential element in a family car and will weight it lower in their overall assessment," Mr McKellar said.

"However, a customer who places a higher priority on handling can increase that weighting online to obtain a direct comparison with other vehicles in the category."

The one judgment missing from the Australia's Best Cars award is aesthetics.

"Beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder," Mr McKellar said.

"As far as consumer advice goes it is very subjective - people don't need to be told what they think is attractive."


For further information contact:

Andrew McKellar
Chief executive, Australian Automobile Association
P: 612 624 77311

Chief judge Mark Borlace (right) and Tim Pomroy assess the finalists for this year's Australia's Best Cars awards.