South African Car of the Year 2012

The South African car of the year (COTY) for 2012 is the Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS.

Once again South Africa’s most prestigious and anticipated motoring event of the year, the WesBank / South African Guild of Motoring Journalists Car of the Year competition provided for some ground breaking news.

Hyundai’s Eltantra 1.8 GLS handing the Korean car manufacturer their first victory on local soil.

Hyundai  had been knocking hard at the door. In the 2011 competition Hyundai had two finalists – the ix35 and Sonata – and the i20 was a finalist in the 2010 Car of the Year competition.

This has turned out to be a golden year for the Elantra: In January, at the Detroit Motor Show, the Elantra was also announced as the North American Car of the Year, and it also won the overall prize in the Canadian Car of the Year competition.

South Africa’s CAR Magazine named the Elantra as the Best Compact Saloon in their Top 12 Best Buys for 2012, and in their latest edition the topCar magazine chose the Elantra as their Best Compact Sedan in their Best Buy edition for 2012.

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