Car of the Year

Wheels Car of the Year is Australia’s most coveted motoring award. It was inaugurated in 1963. None of the world’s motoring prizes for excellence has had a longer continuous run.

Conceived to encourage Australian makers to build better cars, Car of the Year was expanded in 1976 to include fully imported vehicles.

Notionally, Wheels Car of the Year anoints only one winner. There is no second place, no consolation prize, and no ensemble of category-specific trophies.

However, there have been four years in which joint winners were announced, and three in which the award was withheld - on the grounds that no car deserved it.

Shortlisted cars and the winner are announced each year in January. Cars eligible are new or significantly revised models introduced over the previous year.

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Abarth 124 Spider: 2017 Car of the Year contender

Not all of the Mazda MX-5’s greatness makes the transfer to the Abarth 124 Spider.

2017 Wheels Car of the Year: Readers’ choice

The votes have been tallied, and this is the car you voted as the Car of the Year

2017 Car of the Year: Australian Motoring Awards Night

Take your seat at the table at the Australian Motoring Awards as Wheels crowns its 2017 Car of the Year.

2017 Car of the Year: Behind the scenes

Ever wondered how Wheels picks one Car of the Year from so many contenders? Join us for the first 72 hours of ruthless testing.

Mazda CX-9 is the 2017 Wheels Car of the Year

Japan, the SUV and Mazda triumph against a stellar COTY 2017 cast.

Subaru Impreza: 2017 Car of the Year Finalist

The new Impreza is a massive leap forward, and a welcome return to form that made its mark on the COTY top six.

Audi A4: 2017 Car of the Year Finalist

It’s clear this A4 generation is the best Audi ever sold in Australia, but can it top the final six?

Mazda CX-9: 2017 Car of the Year Finalist

Mazda’s stylish seven-seater manages to meld together the core COTY disciplines and commands attention in the final six.

2017 Car of the Year announced today

The winner of the 54th Wheels Car of the Year award is revealed tonight, at 9.15pm AEDT.

Mercedes-Benz E-Class: 2017 Car of the Year Finalist

Merc’s technology flagship ushers in the brand’s latest and greatest, and makes a persuasive case for itself in our COTY top six.

Volkswagen Tiguan: 2017 Car of the Year Finalist

Volkswagen’s second-gen Tiguan brings Golf-like polish and refinement to the cut-throat, mid-size SUV segment and our round of six finalists

Holden Astra: 2017 Car of the Year Finalist

Holden surprised at COTY with its all-new and remarkably accomplished Astra making the final six.

2017 Car of the Year: Meet the judges

The men and women who have our contenders quivering in their wheel-arches

My first Car of the Year

Going behind the scenes at the 2017 Wheels Car of the Year is an eye-opening experience

2017 Car of the Year: The selection process

What defines a COTY contender? Here's the checklist.