NZ Car of Year

Mercedes-Benz celebrate success at the 2019 AA Driven Car of the Year Awards.

Mercedes-Benz celebrate success at the 2019 AA Driven Car of the Year Awards.

Following the Mercedes-Benz A-Class winning the inaugural AA Driven Car of the Year award in December 2018, Mercedes-Benz has followed up in 2019 by taking home three best in class awards. These were the icing on an already impressive year for Mercedes-Benz, which finished as the bestselling luxury manufacturer in New Zealand for the fifth year in a row.


Held once again in Auckland’s Shed 10 in December, the new General Manager of Mercedes-Benz Cars, Lance Bennet, was on hand to accept the respective awards. These were as follows:


- Luxury Car of the Year:   Mercedes-Benz S-Class
- Luxury SUV of the Year:  Mercedes-Benz GLE SUV
- ANCAP Safest Car:  Mercedes-Benz CLA Coupé


Chief Judge and Editor-in-Chief of the NZ Herald Driven, Liz Dobson, had only praise for the winning vehicles describing the S-Class as “The perennial standout sedan in this segment. The S-Class has the performance, handling and technology that define this segment. Plus the S-Class has superb luxury features that make this large sedan something very special.”


This is the second time that the current S-Class has claimed a ‘Best Luxury Car’ award, winning the National Business Review title upon launch in late 2017. That the current model is now three years old and still the lead in its segment only further shows the depth of luxury in this vehicle.


Following the S-Class, it is only right that the all-new GLE would claim the top spot in the Luxury SUV category.


“Since its reveal in 1997 under the badge M-Class, Mercedes-Benz has sold more than two million of its medium SUVs worldwide, making it a leader in this market. But the latest generation of this vehicle takes technology, style and functionality to a whole new level,” said Liz.


“The all-new GLE not only stands out for its exterior design and cabin layout but has class-leading technology and driver-friendly functions such as “Hey Mercedes”. It also comes as a coupe and has a selection of engines to fulfil every driving situation.”


While each vehicle and award is notable in its own right, it is the ‘Safest Car’ award which was most impressive. The Mercedes-Benz CLA, which claims its title as the safest car on sale in New Zealand, achieved full points in a number of tests completed by the Australasian New Car Assessment Programme (ANCAP).


“It’s not just the car buyers who benefit from the safety elements in a vehicle, all of us have a stake every time a new car starts rolling on the road. The Safest Car Award isn’t judged, it’s calculated with data from ANCAP, and I’d like to congratulate Mercedes-Benz for this important recognition,” said Stella Stocks, General Manager AA Motoring Services.


Each of the three awarded vehicles are available for sale are on sale in New Zealand as of December 2019.