C-A-R OF THE YEAR

LETTER OF THE MONTH

Michael Mageros, Carindale QLD

EM AIL: WHEELS@WHEELSMAG.COM.AU

Over the years, there have been some watershed COTY moments: Phil Scottís criteria reorganisation; John Careyís insistence on centre-rear lap-sash seatbelts; and the exclusion of vehicles without ESC. Time for another, I reckon.

Of the 25 contenders for 2016, I counted at least 10 SUVs.

Yeah, yeah, Iíve heard all the guff; theyíre representative of the publicís shifting motoring preferences. But thatís what weíre told about new-age crew cabs too. So will COTY 2020 be half utes?

Donít think so. There are specialist publications for that.

Leave Wheels Car Of The Year for cars. What defines a car? Ask the manufacturer. If they call it an SUV, itís out.