The Honda CRZ has been named car of the year by Wheels Magazine.
The monthly motoring publication described the car as a "revelation" with "great stability and changes direction with no fuss at all".
The CRZ beat off stiff competition in the form of Volkswagen's Scirocco, Audi A6, Ford Focus, Range Rover Evoque and Skoda’s Yeti to claim the top accolade.
The car is the world's first production petrol/electric vehicle to offer 6-speed a manual transmission including a high final-drive ratio for excellent fuel efficiency.
"Winning such a prestigious industry title helps to validate the CRZ's position as the ultimate sporty vehicle," said Graeme Meyer, Head of Marketing for Honda NZ.
"With the CRZ’s arrival in New Zealand, car enthusiasts here now have the opportunity to experience the prize winning package for themselves."
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