The field for the COTY contest will be set over the next two weeks as the 100-plus new arrivals this year _ everything from the baby Suzuki Alto to Holden's latest economy-focussed Commodore and the brutally luxurious BMW X6 M, is whittled down by the most experienced team of jurors in Australian motoring.
Between them, the nine COTY judges have more than 150 years of combined experience as reporters, testers and commentators on the Australian motor industry. They also make up the only coast-to-coast crew and are drawn from News Limited daily papers and the Carsguide.com.au website.
The first group of five COTY finalists will be named next week, with the final members of the 10-car field locked into place the following week. Once the field is set, the judges will assess the contenders for their value, safety, economy, safety, style and comfort. The objective is to find the car that does the best job in every area, at the best price, for Australian car buyers in 2009.
The test process is exhaustive, from city, country and highway running to a racetrack session at Lakeside in Queensland to assess the car's dynamic and safety abilities. The 2009 COTY will join a long and strong list of previous winners from the Holden Commodore VT in 1997 to the Ford Falcon G6E, which took the crown in 2008.
This year's COTY contest begins today with the naming of the four cars which will fight for the Green Car of the Year award.
For all the stories, video and photos of this year's awards, visit Carsguide Car of the Year 2009.
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