THERE are only ten days remaining until Wheels announces the winner of this year’s Car of the Year award.
Wheels Car of the Year (COTY) is the longest continuously running motoring award in the world, and is the most highly coveted prize in the local industry.
The winner of COTY 2019 will be made at the Australian Motoring Awards on January 30.
Motor’s Performance Car of the Year, 4x4 Australia’s 4x4 of the Year and WhichCar’s style award winner will also be announced at the Australian Motoring Awards.
Be sure to check in to the Wheels Facebook page at 9:30pm to watch a live stream of the announcement.
If you are a Wheels subscriber, this next bit of information will be of particular interest.
The first Wheels magazine of 2019 goes on sale January 31, and includes 65+ pages of Car of the Year coverage. However, to keep the winner of COTY a secret until our official announcement on January 30, subscriber copies will be posted a few days later than normal.
Happily, we have a solution. To ensure subscribers can access the magazine before anyone else, we are giving you a unique code to download a digital copy free of charge.
The code can be redeemed from 9:30pm on January 30 on Apple and Android devices, which will ensure you still get your Wheels fix while you wait for your paper copy to arrive.
Testing for COTY 2019 was conducted late last year, with 24 of the best new cars released in the prior 12 months vying for glory, with 47 variants presented for testing.
The 2019 field is stacked with strong contenders, and covered a wide range of vehicles, from the entry-level Volkswagen Polo which cost $17,990, all the way to the Bentley Continental GT, which wore an eye-watering $422,600 sticker price.
Toyota’s Corolla and Camry attracted a lot of pre-event tipping, the Japanese giant having only shared one award back in 2012 with the Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ twins. Is it time for Toyota to stand alone on the top step of the podium for the first time in 56 years? Find out on January 30th.