BRZ Is Carsguide Car Of The Year

Fri, 14/12/2012


Subaru’s BRZ sports car is the News Limited Carsguide Car of the Year for 2012, jointly heading a field of 11 finalists.

BRZ won the News Limited Carsguide award together with its Toyota 86 “twin” – both cars are made by Subaru at its Gunma factory near Tokyo.

The award comes after an exhaustive testing schedule conducted by an experienced team of Carsguide journalists from around Australia.

They took account of a wide range of parameters including value, design, safety, engineering and relevance.

Subaru Australia Managing Director, Nick Senior, said: “This is the inaugural News Limited Car of the Year win for Subaru and we’re delighted by the accolade.

“BRZ has been rated a favourite in road test reviews by many Carsguide motoring journalists around the country since its July launch and the joy that it brings to drivers was obviously shared by the experienced testers in the COTY contest.

“That enthusiasm for BRZ has also been shared in every international market in which it has been launched. It’s a fantastic response to an amazing car.”  

“This is the era of the SUV and that makes the BRZ and 86 quite remarkable. It’s a ground-breaking car, regardless of the badges it wears,” said Carsguide Editor, Paul Pottinger.

His fellow judges were equally praiseworthy: “This car is a gift. Has anyone got out of either one without a smile on their face?” said James Stanford.

“They are the most significant sports cars since the original Mazda MX-5 in 1989. There are too many grey cars in the world, but The Twins are technicolour and 3D,” said Paul Gover.

Carsguide said the vehicles reflect a landmark collaboration between Toyota and Subaru, classy engineering with a concentrated focus on driving enjoyment, and value packaging by both brands.

The other COTY contenders were: Ford Falcon EcoBoost, Ford Ranger dual-cab, Holden Volt, Honda CR-V, Hyundai i30, Kia Sorento, Mazda CX-5, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Up.

Among BRZ’s other awards this year:

  • Carsales Australia network’s People’s Choice Best Performance Car Under $100,000 (with the Toyota 86).
  • 2013 Sports Car of the Year, from Canadian website
  • 2012-2013 Japan Car of the Year “Special Award” (with the Toyota 86).
  • 2012 Sports Car of the Year in French car magazine,Echappement.

Subaru’s initial allocation of 201 BRZs to the end of 2012 sold-out after just three hours of going “live” on the web in July.

BRZ continues to be sold exclusively online in Australia at

Among the features that distinguish BRZ from the 86 in Australia are:

  • An independent five-star rating for occupant safety from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP)
  • A full-size spare wheel as standard equipment
  • Firmer suspension setting
  • Three-year/unlimited kilometre warranty
  • Free metallic paint
  • Driveaway pricing that includes a three-year/60,000 kilometre service plan.      

BRZ has a National Driveaway Price* starting at $37,150, and includes a three-year/60,000 kilometre scheduled service plan** and a five-star ANCAP occupant safety rating.

* The National Driveaway Price includes the vehicle price, 12 months private registration, stamp duty, CTP insurance cost estimate (based on private purchaser with good driving record),  and the BRZ three-year/60,000 km service plan** and is not applicable to business or government buyers.

** The BRZ three-year/60,000 km service plan covers all items specified under the standard “Maintenance for Normal Operating Conditions” schedule detailed in the Warranty and Service Logbook. This includes inspection and adjustment of all items listed, genuine parts, labour and fluids required for each standard schedule service. For full service plan terms and conditions go to