2006 VE Commodore

The 2006 VE Commodore has won the 2006 Car Of The Year Award. This prestigious award was no surprise as the VE Commodore was Australia's largest selling car in 2006.  The original VB Commodore was also a winner and biggest seller in 1978, after the Holden Kingswood models.       

Wheels magazine has announced its Car of the Year every year since 1963, with the exception of 1972, 1979 and 1986 when no cars were considered worthy of the honour. It is considered Australia's most prestigious automotive award. The Car of the Year award remains the oldest continuous award of its kind in the world.

The first imported car to receive the award was the Honda Accord in 1977. Since then, the award has been given to locally manufactured vehicles on 11 out of 28 occasions.

Wheels’ Car of the Year winners are:

1963 Renault 8
1964 Morris 1100
1965 Ford Falcon (XP)
1966 Ford Falcon (XR)
1967 Chrysler Valiant (VE)
1968 Holden Monaro (HK)
1969 Holden Torana (LC)
1970 Renault 12
1971 Chrysler Valiant Charger (VH)
1972 Award withheld
1973 Leyland P76 V8
1974 Volkswagen Passat
1975 Holden Gemini (TX)
1976 Volkswagen Golf
1977 Honda Accord
1978 Holden Commodore (VB)
1979 Award withheld
1980 Mazda 323
1981 Mercedes-Benz 380SE (W126)
1982 Holden Camira (JB)
1983 Ford Telstar and Mazda 626 (joint award)
1984 Mitsubishi Nimbus
1985 Mitsubishi Magna (TM)
1986 Award withheld
1987 Honda Prelude
1988 Holden Commodore (VN)
1989 Mazda MX-5 (NA)
1990 Lexus LS 400
1991 Honda NSX and Nissan Pulsar (N14)
1992 Mazda 626 and Ford Telstar
1993 Holden Commodore (VR)
1994 Subaru Liberty
1995 Honda Odyssey
1996 Mitsubishi Magna/Verada (TE/KE)
1997 Holden Commodore (VT)
1998 Subaru Liberty Wagon
1999 Mercedes-Benz S-Class
2000 Subaru Impreza
2001 Holden Barina (XC)
2002 Ford Falcon (BA)
2003 Mazda RX-8
2004 Ford Territory (SX)
2005 Mazda MX-5 (NC)
2006 Holden Commodore (VE)

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