THE Porsche Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo and Audi Q5 topped their categories in the Golden Steering Wheel awards, recognized as one of the most prominent in the European automotive industry.
In a statement, Porsche said its Panamera Turbo Sport Turismo bested seven competitors in the Sports Car category, where the large four-door vehicle with a “shooting brake” wagon rear end impressed judges with its mix of performance, comfort and practicality.
For its part, Audi said the all-new Q5 took the top spot in the Large SUV category. The brand’s best-selling model has set new standards in the B segment of premium SUVs through its best-in-class drag coefficient, light weight, modern engines, Quattro all-wheel drive system, driver-assist systems, infotainment and connectivity equipment, and air suspension.
The automakers explained that readers of German automotive trade magazine Auto Bild, its 20 European sister publications, and the German newspaper Bild am Sonntag have determined nominations among the new cars presented for the awards this year. Competing in five categories were 42 models, 20 of which made it to the final round after the reader poll was held. The 20 vehicles were then judged by experts that included race drivers, engineers, designers, connectivity specialists, critics and all the top editors Auto Bild’s European sister publications, who determined each category’s winner.