DK's pic didnt work for me but I think that this may be the article:
"Falcon starts, Commodore doesn't. Hyundai Getz a guernsey, but not with LaVita. Monaro cruises in, Holden Cruze is out. Read on to see what qualifies - and what doesn't - as the field assembles for the 2002 Wheels Car of the Year. By John Carey.
No Commodore in Wheels COTY 2002! That's right, the VY doesn't make it to the starting line for our week-long Car of the Year program.
Our exclusion of Australia's best-selling car isn't a spur of the moment thing. We listened attentively to what Holden had to say at the car's launch. Then we drove a cross section of models from the VY range, first at launch and then for the BA Falcon versus VY comparisons you'll find in this issue. Only then did we debate new Commodore's eligibility for Wheels COTY.
No-one is likely to ever mistake the VY for a VT or VX. But while it looks new, the VY is fundamentally the same old Commodore underneath. It's a very clever, market-oriented MCE ('mid-cycle enhancement', General Motors' term for a facelift), but the changes aren't enough to meet our Wheels COTY eligibility requirement that a car be new. If not entirely new, then at least with a significant amount of fresh hardware to go with the new look.
Most of what Holden has done to the VY are the kinds of things that get done as running changes during the production life of a car. Changes to the compression damping in the front struts (but not in models with FE2 or Country Pack suspension), a new 'Dampolator' crankshaft pulley for the V6 (but only the low volume supercharged version), enlarged V6 sump and new cam-bearing material (to allow the extension of oil change intervals to 15,000km, like Falcon), and a less restrictive exhaust for the V8 (but only in the SS and new SV8) all fall into this category.
Steering is a bigger story, but not by much. The steering column torsion bar is a bit stiffer and the changed power assist valving means the driver has to apply a bit more muscle, and that's it.
In contrast, there's no question at all about eligibility of the BA Falcon. The changes to drivetrain, suspension, and body structure are too involved to detail here. Ford's claim is that 80 percent (by number) of the BA's parts are new.
VY isn't alone in failing the Wheels COTY eligibility hurdle. Holden has plenty of company. The new Lotus Elise, too, looks very different from the old model. Again there are a bunch of small technical changes, but nothing truly significant. Besides which, the Elise falls far short of our 250-sales-a-year minimum volume requirement.
Other models that fail to achieve sufficient sales volume are the Lexus SC430, MG TF, and Peugeot 607. The MG ZT doesn't get in, either. Why? Because it's nothing more than a performance version of a car that's already had its shot at Wheels COTY - the Rover 75.
Seatbelts, sadly, are the reason for the exclusion of the largest number of new models launched in this country in the past year. The provision of lap-sash belts for all occupants is an eligibility requirement that we are not going to retreat from.
Out are the Holden Cruze, Hyundai LaVita, Mitsubishi Lancer, Suzuki Liana (GS hatch and sedan get lap-sash belts in all five seats, but less expensive models feature a lap-only centre-rear belt according to the importer), and the Toyota Corolla (lap-only centre-rear in some models) and Avensis Verso.
In all, 23 contenders will vie for the 2002 Wheels' Car of the Year, represented by a total of 63 vehicles, covering as all possible body variants, engine and driveline derivations. Here they are:
BMW 7 Series
Ford BA Falcon
Holden Monaro / HSV Coupe