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Named at last: 2019 SA Car of the Year finalists

THE DARING DOZEN: All 12 finalists in the 2019 South African Car of the Year contest. Larger images below the text. All images: Lawrence Minnie / Auto Trader

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.

See also group image.

THE 12 FINALISTS IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER

Alfa Romeo Stelvio

Honda Civic Type R

Hyundai Kona

Lexus ES

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

Nissan Micra

Porsche Cayenne

Renault Duster

Suzuki Jimny

Suzuki Swift


Volvo XC40

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