The 2018 WesBank SA Car of the Year was revealed at a gala event in Gauteng on Tuesday evening.
The competition comprised 10 finalists, following a vote by members of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ), which had previously identified 21 semi-finalists.
The Porsche Panamera was announced as the overall winner, beating the Volvo S90 into second place, while the Alfa Romeo Giulia placed third.
The 2018 COTY jury put the finalists through structured testing procedures at the end of January 2018, before scoring each finalist against its direct class competitors on aspects that included:
- Cabin Styling, Layout, and Ergonomics
- Engine Performance and Technology
- Engineering Integrity and Build Quality
- Exterior Design
- Overall Excellence
- Ride Quality
- Steering and Handling
- New Technology
- Transmission Performance
- Value for Money
The Opel Astra was crowned the 2017 winner, with the Audi A4 placing second, and the Volkswagen Passat third.