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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2017 Wheels Car of the Year: The early contenders

Your form guide to some of the early standouts for the 2017 Wheels Car of the Year award

Wheels Car of the Year 2016: Awards night video

Take a seat at the Australian Motoring Awards as the 2016 Wheels Car of the Year is revealed to car-brand chiefs and other guests

A candid look inside Wheels Car of the Year 2016

What really happens at Car of the Year testing?

2016 Wheels Car of the Year finalist: Volkswagen Passat

Trades sex appeal for sense appeal, but does it move the innovation meter?

2016 Wheels Car of the Year finalist: Mercedes-AMG GT S

GT once stood for Grand Tourer, but not when AMG gets involved

2016 Wheels Car of the Year finalist: Mazda CX-3

The Mazda CX-3 is the most driver-focused compact SUV to date, with some perplexing inconsistencies in refinement and ride that blur the lines

2016 Wheels Car of the Year finalist: Volvo XC90

Impressive SUV takes Swedes to higher ground

2016 Wheels Car of the Year finalist: BMW i8

A tantalising taste of our sports car future left judges hungry for more

2016 Wheels Car of the Year finalist: Audi Q7

No seven-seat SUV has ever pampered its passengers and delighted its driver as much as the new Audi Q7

2016 Wheels Car of the Year finalist: Jaguar XE

The dynamic brilliance of Jaguar’s XE made it a compelling choice – and it almost won

2016 Wheels Car of the Year winner: Mazda MX-5

Mazda’s brilliantly light and easy sports car won the judges’ hearts and minds. Here’s why it deserved its victory

Mazda MX-5 is the 2016 Wheels Car of the Year

Wheels celebrates the joy of driving with 2016 COTY winner

Wheels Car of the Year 2016: The finalists

Eight finalists have been chosen from 25 contenders for 2016 Wheels Car of the Year. Which will win?

Wheels Car of the Year 2016: Today’s the day

What will wear the 2016 Wheels Car of the Year crown? Tonight we find out

Readers choose Jaguar XE as their 2016 Car of the Year

Classy big Cat overwhelmingly popular in Wheels People’s Choice poll