SAGMJ COTY finalists announced

The SAGMJ has announced the 25 finalists that will compete for the coveted 'Car of the Year' title as well as category honours

Reuben Van Niekerk
Car of the Year
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The top 25 finalists for the 2022 South African Car of the Year competition have been announced. The competition, staged by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) has run continuously since 1986.


The categories

Besides the overall winner’s crown, finalists can also win one of ten categories including Budget, Compact, Compact Family, Midsize, Premium, Luxury, Performance, New Energy, Adventure SUV and 4x4 Double Cab.


With no contenders in the budget category this year, the most competitive categories are those catering for midsize and performance vehicles, with five finalists each.


Midsize and Performance categories

The midsize category finalists include the Audi A3, Hyundai Palisade, Hyundai Santa Fe, Hyundai Staria and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.


BMW’s 128ti and M3, Porsche 911 Carrera GTS, Toyota GR Yaris and Volkswagen GTI are the finalists in the Performance category.


Compact and Compact Family categories

Compact class honours will come down to the Kia Sonet, Hyundai i20, Peugeot 208 and Toyota Urban Cruiser.


Compact family class finalists include the Chery Tiggo 4 Pro, Toyota Corolla Cross and Hyundai Kona.


New Energy category

This year, the new energy category represents a wider range of vehicles, which indicates the increased focus by OEMs in this segment of the market. Finalists include the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, Lexus IS and Honda Fit Hybrid.


Adventure SUV and 4x4 Double Cab categories

The Adventure SUV and 4x4 Double Cab categories should prove to be extremely competitive where the Toyota Land Cruiser faces off against the Isuzu MU-X and the Peugeot Landtrek fights for bakkie honours against the Nissan Navara.


Top performing brands

With six finalists in five different categories, Toyota has the most finalists in this year’s competition. Hyundai is competing with five finalists in three different categories.


What’s ahead

The Car of the Year committee is extremely pleased with the variety of vehicles that have been chosen as finalists of this year’s competition.


The final round of scoring has commenced and will continue until early April. This scoring will also include data from Lightstone, which will score vehicles based on segment sales volumes and specification-adjusted competitor pricing.


This year will again see a public vote as introduced during last year’s competition. Posts regarding each finalist will be regularly published on social media and the finalist with the most likes will win that vote.


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