The Australian Motoring Festival will be a one-stop shop for new car browsers.

The Australian Motoring Festival will be a one-stop shop for new car browsers.

For the first time in one location, Australians will be able to walk around and study more than 40 of Australia’s best cars and see how they got their titles at the Australian Motoring Festival 26-29 March.

Selected by the peak national motoring organisation, the Australian Automobile Association (AAA), in partnership with the RACV, NRMA, RACQ, RAASA, RACWA, RACT and the AANT, Australia’s Best Cars awards covers 15 categories, informing buyers and automotive enthusiasts about the best vehicles available in this country, with information on safety, performance, affordability, and more.

The top three cars from each of the 15 categories will be on display at the Festival, giving buyers the opportunity to see why they are rated so highly.



If you are in the market for a new vehicle, or considering a purchase in the near future, there is simply no better opportunity to get inside the very best cars available in Australia, said Gordon Oakley, the general manager of motoring and mobility at the RACV.

This group of cars was selected as part of Australia¹s most independent evaluation of value for money, design and function, and on road performance of new vehicles.

The range of vehicles that will be on display will offer something to interest any Australian family or automotive enthusiast, from the Best Family Wagon, a Citroen Grand C4 Picasso, to the Best Small Car (under $35,000), the VW Golf 90 TSI Comfortline.

VW Golf 90 TSI Comfortline

VW Golf 90 TSI Comfortline

One standout on show is the Mercedes-Benz C200, awarded both the Best Medium Car over $50,000 and the prestigious Judges Choice awards.

The cars showcased at the Festival range from under $20,000 for the Mitsubishi Mirage ES, to more than $120,000 for the Range Rover Sport, and use various powertrains including petrol, diesel and hybrid energy.

The Australian Motoring Festival will be held from 26 to 29 March at the Melbourne Showgrounds.

Tickets start from $30 for adults and $20 for children, with RACV and VACC members saving more than 30 per cent on ticket prices. Surprisingly the same discount isn’t being offered to members of motoring associations on other States, though we understand this decision may be changed. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the website at

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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