CRUISER IS KING!

LAND CRUISER 79 DOUBLE CAB GXL CROWNED 4X4 OF THE YEAR AT THE 2017 AUSTRALIAN MOTORING AWARDS.

WORDS TRISTAN TANCREDI

THE Toyota Land Cruiser 79 Series was crowned the 4x4 Of The Year at the 2017 Australian Motoring Awards (AMAs).

On the annual night of nights for the automotive industry, the Wheels Car Of The Year (Mazda CX-9), MOTOR Performance Car Of The Year (Porsche 911 Turbo S) and WhichCar Style Award (Audi A4) were also run and won.

The awards ceremony took place at Crown’s Palladium in Melbourne, with comedian Shane Jacobsen hosting the evening.

Australian actor and motoring enthusiast Eric Bana was the special guest on the night, and he took to the stage for a Q&A with Jacobsen to discuss his love for all things automotive.

More than 200 industry folk were in attendance to witness the Land Cruiser 79 claim the coveted trophy ahead of the VW Amarok by a solitary point – the closest result in 4X4OTY history.

The remaining finalists for the 2017 4X4OTY were the Haval H9 (China’s first contestant in the award’s history), Holden Colorado, Holden Trailblazer, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport and Mercedes-Benz G300.

To qualify for 4X4OTY contention, each vehicle had to be all-new or significantly revised during the past 12 months, hence why there is no Ford Ranger or Toyota Hilux in the 2017 crop of contenders.

Reckon we hit the nail on the head with this year’s result? Or perhaps you couldn’t disagree more?

Either way, you can have your say by voting for the 2017 4X4OTY Readers’ Choice award at www.4x4 australia.com.au