Ford’s Non-Gay Ranger is Car of the Year

Ford’s new non-gay ute has won Car of the Year:

Ford Ranger reigns supreme as AMI NZ Autocar Car of the Year

The Ford Ranger has been named the supreme winner of the 2011 AMI Insurance NZ Autocar Car of the Year Awards.

This is the first time a ute has topped the score sheets to take the overall COTY honour in the history of the NZ Autocar magazine awards, which date back to 1993. Scoring consistently on all the judging criteria, the big Ranger was ranked first overall by four of the six judges, beating the Renault Megane RS250 by a comfortable margin to claim the top prize, as well as taking the gong for the best SUV of the year.

NZ Autocar editor and chief judge, Kyle Cassidy, said that the Ranger scored highly in the practicality and value categories, but also ranked strongly for driving dynamics and performance, highlighting its all-round capabilities.

“Ranger was an easy choice as our SUV of the Year and the way it performed over the two days astounded the judges,” he commented.

“The big Ford is a talented all-rounder. It’s a genuine workhorse that also performs the role of a roomy family vehicle after hours. That it offers car-like comfort and dynamics, and is packed with safety features sealed its win.”

TV3’s Shaun Summerfield, another of the judges, said of the Ranger “It’s the best looking ute ever sold here, but it’s much more than just a pretty face. The interior is great and offers features you don’t expect in this segment or at this price.”