JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – The 12 finalists going through into final testing to determine the 2019 South African Car of the Year have been named.
They are international – coming from Italy, Japan, Korea, Germany, France and Sweden – and include almost every motoring genre.
George Mienie, CEO of main competition sponsor AutoTrader, believes that is fitting: “South Africans have access to vehicles from all over the world and of every conceivable type.”
ONLY ONE SEDAN
Among the finalists are three hatchbacks (Nissan Micra, Suzuki Swift, Mercedes-Benz A-class) and a ”hot” hatch (Honda Civic Type R).
The Lexus ES is the only sedan; also included are a small 4×4 (Suzuki Jimny) and one crossover (Renault Duster) and in keeping with the global popularity of sport utility vehicles, are the rest – Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Hyundai Kona, Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, Porsche Cayenne and Volvo XC40.
HOW THEY’RE TESTED
The next step in competition will be final testing: each will be scored against its direct class competitors on aspects such as exterior and interior design, engine and transmission performance, ride and handling, braking, crash avoidance/protection features overall excellence and affordability.
The results will be announced in early April 2019.
THE 12 FINALISTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER
Alfa Romeo Stelvio
Honda Civic Type R
Mitsubishi Pajero Sport