Now in its 56th year, Wheels Car of the Year is the world’s longest continuously running new car award and the benchmark for manufacturers and motorists alike. It was a tight contest at times, but the judges found the VOLVO XC40 (the leaner and more moderately priced sibling of last year’s winner the XC60) out-pointed its opposition on all five key criteria on which the award is decided.
“The name used to be a punchline, so there may never have been a more successful company turnaround than Volvo’s recent form, as it’s certainly no fluke,” said Wheels Editor Alex Inwood.
“With the XC40 you won’t find a more spacious premium SUV in its category and – in a world where we’re often forced to pay an annoying premium to get what we want – even the entry-level version will leave its new owner completely satisfied.
“It is packed with plenty and, as our rigorous testing program proves, it delivers in all key areas. A most worthy winner and ultimate confirmation that the auto universe has truly shifted.”
Meanwhile, Wheels, has undergone a transformation, delivering a new-look magazine for Australian car buyers.
Wheels Magazine has been at the forefront of Australia motoring since 1953 and has established itself as the car bible for local motoring enthusiasts.
The new look format features a modern, contemporary clean design, along with the world-class photography and quality journalism Wheels readers love.
Readers will find an expanded technology section in the magazine as well as their biggest ever databank section with over 1500 new cars available for purchase in Australia.
Alex Inwood, Editor of Wheels, said: “Wheels magazine is backed by 65 years of heritage in Australia, so it was important for us to consult with our readers in regards to the changes we’ve made to the magazine. Our readers typically spend more than two hours engrossed in our pages each month, so we wanted to create a clean, easy to read format that reflects our heritage, but with a modern twist.
“The new format magazine is jam-packed with the content our reader’s trust, just with more of what they love. The 2019 Car of the Year winner features on the front cover, and is an award our readers respect and look forward to every year.”
The February edition of Wheels magazine hits newsstands today.