The 2020 Auto Trader Car of the Year (SA COTY) winners have been announced.
As is usual the winner is out pf reach of 95% of the car buying public. But it is a deserving winner by all accounts. Although I have not driven it I saw it perform at the Simola Hill Climb last year. And what a performance.Yes, it is a SUV. Yes it is a luxury car. Yes, it is expensive. But it really does advance motoring in SA. It is ground breaking. It does point to a possible future for cars, or at least some of them.
The winner is the Jaguar I-PACE EV400 AWD SE. It won the 2019 World Car of the Year, World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car awards. So worldwide a winner. The Mercedes-Benz GLE400d 4Matic was placed second.
To balance things out and make it more real Toyota’s three contenders; (Corolla Hatch, RAV4 and GR Supra) stood tall among a variety of candidates -ranging from small city cars to large-SUV and double-cab bakkies.
Toyota won the following:
Family category winner: Corolla Hatch 1.2T XR CVT
Sports/Performance category winner: GR Supra 3.0T
Third place overall: GR Supra 3.0T
Quite a haul. Well done Toyota.
Other winners were:
Urban Category: Hyundai Atos 1.1 Motion
Leisure Category: Volkswagen T-Cross 1.0 TSI Comfortline 85kW DSG
Lifestyle Utility Vehicles Category: Ford Ranger Raptor
All of the winners this year are deserving, in my opinion.
Next year will be fun with the new Suzuki sPresso and Isuzu and GWM bakkies set to put the cat among the pigeons.