Finalists in 2010 Car of the Year already lined up

2009-11-28 11:24

THE 25th WesBank Car of the Year competition kicked off with the

announcement of the 2010 Car of the Year finalists.

The announcement was made earlier this week in Johannesburg with a

deserved list of nominees.

The “big daddies” of luxury such as BMW, Lexus, Jeep and

Mercedes-Benz have been omitted and so has Honda – the 2009 competition

winner.

For the first time in 25 years, since the inception of the

competition, the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) voted for

the finalists through an electronic system.

Previously a selected group of jury members chose the cars. But

now, thanks to this democratic voting system, all the launched cars of the year

are entered.

More than 100 cars were launched ­during this year alone and they

were all entered into the competition. The SAGMJ members then honed that down to

30 for the jury to select the eight car-of-the-year finalists.

Since the beginning of the competition, vehicle financer WesBank

has been the main sponsor of the event. Other sponsors include Total, Varta,

Hollard Insurance and Garmin.

The 2010 SAGMJ / WesBank Car of the Year (Coty) finalists

are:

  • Alfa Romeo MiTo

    1.4i Turbo Petrol

  • Audi Q5 2.0 TS

    tronic

  • Chevrolet Cruze

    1.8 LS

  • Hyundai i20 1.6

    GLS

  • Suzuki Alto 1.0

    GLS

  • Toyota Prius 1.8

    ECVT Advanced

  • Volkswagen Golf VI

    1.4 TSI

  • Volvo XC60 3.0T

    Geartronic

These eight cars will now go through intense and extensive testing

for two days at the Gerotek test facility near Pretoria in February. Each car

will be assessed by all the jury members.

According to SAGMJ these tests ­include high-speed dynamic

assessment; an autokhana test to rate manoeuvrability, parking and general ease

of control; driving tests under various conditions on track and road, in town

and on gravel, while also taking fuel economy into account.

A static evaluation of each finalist also contributes to the car’s

score in terms of styling, build quality and ­ergonomics.

Other factors such as value for money, cost of spares, safety

features and environmental friendliness also play a role in the scoring.

So far, the favourites are rumoured to be the Alfa Romeo Mito,

Hyundai i20, Golf VI and the Toyota Prius.

  •  CityDrive will take a closer look at

    the finalists as the time draws near for the Coty winner announcement in

    March.

 

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