"It was a close contest, but the 2012 Audi A7 managed to edge out the competition with its compelling combination of handsome styling, dynamic handling and advanced in-car technology," said Laura Burstein, MPG President. "In this highly competitive market, it's hard to be a standout, but Audi did it with the A7. Likewise, we congratulate all of our finalists on bringing solid, efficient and good-looking vehicles to the market that are fun to drive." The A7 is the first car in the world to feature factory-installed Wi-Fi with Audi connect™ and navigation with 3-D Google Earth. In the US, the A7 is powered by an all-aluminum 3.0 liter TFSI® V6 engine with 310hp and 325 lb-ft. of torque.
The panel of judges consist of MPG journalists who test and review cars on a regular basis. The entire journalist team evaluated the finalist vehicles in the categories of safety, quality, value, performance/handling, design/style, environmental/green impact and technology/innovation standards. To be eligible for the contest, the vehicles are required to be all-new or substantially changed from the previous year's model and available at dealerships on or before 1 Jan 2012.