The 10 finalists for the 2017 South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition have been revealed by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ), in conjunction with headline sponsor WesBank. The announcement follows a voting process by a 28-member jury from the SAGMJ.
South African Car of the Year 2017 finalists revealedAll ten finalists will be subjected to two days of stringent evaluations at the beginning of February 2017 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand, Gauteng. The COTY Jury will assess the cars independently, with routes and modules designed to test the vehicles in a similar way in which the average consumer would use them.
The evaluation days offer the jury the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the vehicles on aspects such as aesthetics, build quality, ergonomics, fuel consumption, environmental friendliness, safety features and value for money. The jury will also have access to performance test data, comparative pricing and specification data, as well as comparative parts pricing data.
The finalists are: Audi A4 Sedan, Honda Civic, Hyundai Tucson, Jaguar F-Pace, Mazda CX-3, Opel Astra, Renault Kadjar, Toyota Fortuner, Volkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Tiguan.
The 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year winner will be announced on 15 March, 2017.