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.
The top 14 finalists for the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year have been announced at an event in Johannesburg on December 4. The next step in the 2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year journey is the track and road testing of the finalists in March 2020 by 27 of South Africa’s top motoring journalists. The category and overall winners will be announced at an event hosted by AutoTrader in April 2020.
AutoTraderCEO, George Mienie, reveals that members of the public would like to see a win by the Mazda3. “It triumphed in the consumer vote, where we had hundreds of thousands of votes.”
There are some really strong contenders this year. My money is on both the Ford Raptor and the Jaguar I-PACE. I think one of them may win. We have never had an electric car or bakkie as a winner.
2020 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year Finalists by Category
Toyota Corolla Hatch
Citroën C3 Aircross
Ford Ranger Raptor
BMW 3 Series
Toyota GR Supra
Suzuki Swift Sport
2019 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year Finalists
Twelve exceptional vehicles will battle it out for the ultimate automotive accolade: the 2019 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year. The list comprises vehicles from Italy, Japan, Korea, Germany, France and Sweden and, in keeping with the diverse South African automotive landscape, it covers almost every motoring genre.
They are, in alphabetical order:
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Honda Civic Type R
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists believes that each and every finalist is a contender worthy of wearing the 2019 AutoTrader SA Car of the Year crown.
The 25 Jurors will be given the opportunity to drive all the finalist vehicles over the next 3 months under normal driving conditions experienced by the average consumer. The formal AutoTrader Car Of The Year evaluation days that will be held in Gauteng in March 2019 will allow judges the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the vehicles. At these evaluation days – the most critical of which will be the scheduled procedures to be held at Kyalami – the COTY Jury will assess the cars independently, with routes and modules designed to test the vehicles on specific criteria. The Jury will also have access to performance test data, comparative pricing and specification data, as well as comparative parts pricing data.
All finalist vehicles represent examples of outstanding automotive engineering, and after careful deliberation by the 2019 Jury, Category Winners will be awarded to Premium Sedan (executive and premium sedan), Leisure SUV’s (SUV’s / crossovers), Lifestyle Utility (bakkies / derived SUVs e.g. Toyota Fortuner), Urban Compact (small hatch and small sedan) and Mid-Size (MPV, medium sedan and hatch) Winners. All of the Top 12 are eligible to be crowned the 2019 AutoTrader South African Car Of The Year regardless of Category Wins. Judging by the tight scores on the Finalists there is little doubt that the scoring to find a winner will be a very close race. An invitation to the Banquet where the results will be revealed in April 2019 will be a very sought-after ticket indeed!