Australia's Best Cars 2015 program launch postponed
The 2015 Australia's Best Cars program launch date has been postponed in light of recent issues regarding emissions compliance and the use of so-called ‘defeat devices’ to evade clean air standards in several million Volkswagen Group vehicles worldwide.
Australian Automobile Association Chief Executive Michael Bradley said: "The AAA Board is of the opinion that the program cannot accurately or fairly assess Volkswagen Group vehicles against each criterion and as a result, no Volkswagen, Audi, or Skoda vehicles are able to be considered in this year’s program.
"This decision requires additional scoring and vehicle assessment work be undertaken and this has obliged the AAA to postpone the program's November launch until the New Year.
"The Australia's Best Cars program prides itself on being the largest independent automobile assessment and awards program in Australia, evaluated by judges who together have more than 200 years of experience in the industry and spend more than 7000 hours on the road every year testing new cars.
"It is a robust information source available to the more than seven million Australians who are today members of AAA clubs and the delivery of credible and reliable information is of the utmost importance to the AAA Board."
The Australia's Best Cars program sees more than 200 vehicles assessed each year against criteria such as Value for Money, Design and Function, and On the Road Performance. The program seeks to test, review and report on new cars released into the market to provide the best advice to the members of Australia’s automobile clubs.