Colin-on-Cars – Finalists for Car of the Year named

COVID-19 has been a significant disruptor in every industry and the nature of events as we knew them, have changed completely. In the car industry, the change to car launches has been the most noticeable.

The 2020 SA Car of the Year (COTY) awards evening took a futuristic tone, and the event showed no people, just pictures of cars. It was a first for COTY and reflected a world where everything, including transport, is evolving rapidly.

The 59-contender voting selection contained new vehicle ranges introduced to the South African new car market between November 1, 2019 and March 1, 2021. Eligible members of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) have had a 4-day period to cast their votes for the 40 COTY Semi-Finalists. Two vehicles tied for 40th position, so we have 41 COTY Semi-Finalists.

The SAGMJ is proud to announce the semi-finalists for the 2021 SA Car of the Year competition (COTY), in alphabetical order:

Audi SQ8
AudiA6 and S6 SedanPremium
AudiQ3 SportbackFamily
BMWX5 MLuxury
BMW2 Series Gran CoupeFamily
BMWM2 CSPerformance
GWMP-SeriesDouble Cab
HondaBalladeCompact Family
HyundaiCretaCompact Family
Hyundaii30 NPerformance
HyundaiGrand i10Budget
KiaSeltosCompact Family
Land RoverDefender 110Adventure SUV
Land RoverDiscovery SportFamily
MazdaCX-30Compact Family
Mercedes-BenzA 45 S4 MaticPerformance
Mercedes-BenzA 35 4MaticPerformance
MiniCooper SENew Energy
MitsubishiEclipse Cross 1.5 TCompact Family
NissanMicra 1.0tCompact
Peugeot2008 SUVCompact Family
PorscheTaycanNew Energy
Porsche911 Turbo SPerformance
RenaultMegane RS 300 TrophyPerformance
SuzukiVitara BrezzaCompact
ToyotaCorolla Sedan XS and XRCompact Family
ToyotaHiluxDouble Cab
ToyotaLand Cruiser PradoAdventure SUV
VolkswagenT-RocCompact Family
VolkswagenLimited Edition Golf GTi TCRPerformance

The SA Guild of Motoring Journalists has run the South African Car of the Year competition since 1986 with one single aim – identify and reward automotive excellence.

Toyota Starlet

During the next few days, the 2021 SA Car of the Year Jury, consisting of 25 respected motoring scribes from all over South Africa, will conclude voting for the finalist vehicle ranges that will compete in 2020 COTY.  This will culminate in the 2021 SA Car of the Year Winner electronic winners’ announcement in June 2021.

This year’s Categories are: 

  • Budget
  • Compact
  • Compact Family
  • Family
  • Premium
  • Luxury
  • Performance
  • New Energy
  • Adventure SUV
  • Double Cab LCV 

These categories will only be won if there is a suitable candidate and it does not affect the selection of finalist vehicles. The overall 2020 SA Car of the Year winner remains the most coveted of all titles and enjoys international recognition.

Kia Seltos

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