Mercedes-Benz GLC "safest" vehicle on NZ roads
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Motor industry experts have assessed the Mercedes-Benz GLC suv as the safest car on New Zealand roads.
The mid-sized GLC was judged to be the safest vehicle of the year as part of the NZ Car of the Year awards announced last night.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class luxury sedan was named New Zealand Car of the Year during the ceremony at the Viaduct Events Centre.
Cutting-edge technology alongside world-class styling and ultimate driving experience won the award, said AA Motoring Services general manager Stella Stocks.
The award is judged by the AA and the New Zealand Motoring Writers’ Guild.
The Mercedes-Benz E-Class. Picture/Supplied.
“While the judges make their selections on a variety of elements, for me, what is under the skin of the E-Class is excellent,” said Stocks.
“Mercedes-Benz is a world leader in safety technology and it hasn’t held back from ensuring this car is one of the safest on the market today, packed full of features to both avoid crashes and maximise occupant safety.”
The E-Class sedan brought a nod to the future with a range of sem-automated driving functins.
The Guild president Liz Dobson says that the all-new Mercedes-Benz E-Class is one of the most technically advanced cars on our roads.
“Mercedes-Benz says that this 10th generation E-Class has leapt forward two decades with its technology, and having driven it extensively at the global launch, in Australia and on New Zealand roads, I have to agree,” she said.
The New Zealand Car of the Year was selected from a shortlist of new models released to the market between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016. Thee finalists were: Holden Spark, Honda Civic, Kia Sportage, Mazda CX-9, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, Mercedes-Benz GLC, Skoda Superb, Subaru Levorg, Suzuki Vitara, and Volkswagen Tiguan.
Stocks said that rather than being judged, the safest car is assessed, and based on its Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP) crash test performance, pedestrian protection, safety assist and crash avoidance technology.
The GLC had taken the trophy, just ahead of the Mazda CX-9.
Safety was becoming an increasingly important element in purchaser’s minds, Stocks told the Herald.
“If there’s one thing that sums up new car safety, it’s quality,” Ms Stocks says.
“While manufacturers don’t all offer the same level of safety technology on all new cars, standards across the board are consistently rising and continuing to improve. These days, irrespective of what kind of vehicle a motorist needs, there are very safe options available.”
Alongside the Car of the Year award were 10 best in class categories. In these, the judges could select from any new car available for sale new in New Zealand today, which meant the winner could be an older model vehicle the judges’ felt remained the best, despite the release of newer cars in the category.
The Best in Class 2016 winners are:
•Small car – Holden Spark
•Compact car – Honda Civic
•Medium/Large car – Skoda Superb
•Luxury car – Mercedes-Benz E-Class
•Small SUV – Mazda CX-3
•Medium SUV – Volkswagen Tiguan
•Large SUV – Mazda CX-9
•Luxury SUV – Volvo XC90
•Utility – Ford Ranger
•Sports/Performance – Ford Mustang GT
•Safest car – Mercedes-Benz GLC