The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ) has announced the 2021 car of the year finalists across 11 major categories.
The winning vehicles were selected based on an online scoring system available to all SAGMJ members. The jurors had access to this scoring system and were encouraged to score vehicles as they experienced them on launch or during test drives.
Public voting was also considered and effectively held the weight of a single juror. The ‘Motor Enthusiast’s Choice Award’ was also based on a public vote.
Once the expert panel concluded scoring, automated scoring factors that cover sales performance, segment share and value for money were applied.
The automated scoring information was provided by Lightstone Auto, which provides data-driven insight, online market intelligence and new vehicle sales data to the South African automotive industry.
Based on these metrics, the top three winners of the 2021 South African Car of the Year competition are:
- Peugeot 2008
- Toyota Hilux Double Cab
- BMW 4 Series
These are the winners in each major category:
Budget Category: Toyota Starlet
Compact Category: Hyundai Venue
Compact Family Category: Peugeot 2008 SUV
Family Category: Audi A4
Premium Category: BMW 4 Series
Adventure Category: Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
Double Cab Category: Toyota Hilux Double Cab
Performance Category: Porsche 911 Turbo S
New Energy Category: Porsche Taycan
Motor Enthusiast’s Choice: Mercedes-Benz E-Class
Jurors Excellence Award: Peugeot 2008 SUV