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
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.
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
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 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.
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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