2016 Car of the Year revealed

2016-10-13 06:00
The Volvo XC90 is the 2016 Car of the Year.

The Volvo XC90 is the 2016 Car of the Year.

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THE battle for the 2016 Car of the Year saw 12 of the top vehicles in South Africa, voted by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ), compete for the coveted title.

It came down to the wire for the 12 finalists at a gala event Johannesburg. For the first time in the competition, the first and second runners-up were revealed.

Each of the 12 contenders were put through stringent testing by 27 jury members during a two-day evaluation process earlier in February at the Gerotek test facility just outside Pretoria.

The Volvo XC90 has been crowned the 2016 SA Car of the Year.

Volvo South Africa managing director, Greg Maruszewski, said: “We are absolutely delighted with our victory. With the all-new XC90 we are not only rewriting the rules of a post-modern luxury driving experience, but reinventing our brand as well.

“Our ethos, ‘Made by Sweden’, expresses our intrinsic Scandinavian roots, love for people, heritage and attitude to building some of the world’s most desirable - and safest - luxury vehicles.

“The all-new XC90 follows in the footsteps of the Volvo S40, which received the coveted award in 2005,” said Maruszewski.

Other finalists were Opel Corsa, Jaguar XE, Peugeot 308, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Mazda CX3, Kia Sorento, Citroën C4 Cactus, Honda HR-V, Ford Fusion, Opel Adam and the BMW i3 - Wheels24.

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