It’s your chance to choose the AROnline British new car of the year 2012
Without doubt, 2012 has been another interesting year for the British car industry. Manufacturing might have been under pressure as the UK economy struggled to emerge from the effects of the 2010 recession (and impending 2012 Euro crisis), but that didn’t stop our carmakers coming up with an interesting and diverse selection of new metal within the space of a single year – possibly for the first time in a decade.
And to mark the occasion, we’ve drawn a short list of the top five new British cars to go on sale in 2011. And it’s down to you to choose which you think deserves the crown of British new car of the year 2012 by clicking on your choice at the bottom of this page – but be quick, as voting closes on 31 December 2011.
Over the coming week or so, we’ll also be announcing other award-winners for 2012, including:
- Web forum or community of the year
- Classic car of the year
- Used car of the year
- Specialist of the year
- Owners’ club of the year
MG finally launched its UK-assembled 6, and proved to the world that Longbridge was in the business of car assembly post-MG Rover. And the 6 is an excellent effort for what is effectively a start-up operation – it’s dynamically excellent, stylish, well screwed-together, and good value. It might have been a slow start in terms of sales, but there’s no doubt parent company SAIC’s in it for the long haul, even if it’s yet to be marketed. Also, if we were to award a car of the year, purely in terms of AROnline reader feedback – good and bad – the MG6 would win by a country mile…
Down in Woking, McLaren opened its impressive new production plant next-door to Paragon, and began to roll-out its Ferrari 458-rivalling MP4-12C supercar – as powered by Ricardo. It’s a true-Blue British effort, and one that features some impressive technology, not least its adaptive suspension. Aside from its surgically-clean production plant, and incredible performance, the most impressive aspect of McLaren Automotive’s handling of the MP4-12C, is how quickly it’s reacted to both customer and press suggestions…
Range Rover Evoque
We love the Evoque at AROnline and so, it seems, do you. There’s already a long waiting list for Land Rover’s stylish new lifestyle oriented off-roader, with many customers representing conquest sales. Available in both three- and five-door form, and with a range of turbocharged petrol and diesel engines, the Evoque drives as well as it looks – and it’s exactly the innovative kind of product that’s turned Jaguar Land Rover into the money making success machine it is today…
Although there had been rumours in the lead-up to Geneva that Morgan was going to introduce a 3Wheeler tribute, no one actually believed that the Malvern Link company would actually go ahead and do it. But come the Swiss motor show, and buyers were able to pore over the most exciting product from a company that was increasingly learning how to break the mould. Especially as the production 3Wheeler lacks any form of safety equipment – in an era we find ourselves increasingly obsessed by it. Everyone who’s driven one absolutely loves the 3Wheeler, and there’s now a whacking great waiting list for it – and that’s all the encouragement we need to shortlist the Morgan 3Wheeler.
Mini Coupé and Roadster
The final new body variations of the 2006 R56-generation MINIs went on sale some five years after the launch of the original car – the Coupé and Roadster are certainly non-conformist options in an increasingly niche-driven market. The Cowley-built Coupé sparks strong reactions thanks to its stepped floating roof, but the Roadster has been greeted warmly by sun-loving MINI fans. Both are great to drive, and are instrumental in MINI’s plan to have a full range of derivatives (just as BL did in the 1960s and ’70s), ranging from the £11K First to the five-seater Maxi, sorry Countryman…
Your chance to vote : AROnline’s new Car of The Year 2012 (voting closed)
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