The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists has announced the top 12 finalists in the 2019 AutoTrader SA Car of the Year competition.
For the first time in the history of the 33-year competition, members of the public were able to cast their votes for the semi-finalists via a dedicated portal set up by AutoTrader and promoted to their over 5 million reach audience.
Consumers voted alongside jury members during the semi-finalists round, who are all professional motoring scribes from the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists.
Rubin van Niekerk, Chairman of the SAGMJ, says: "The Competition has gradually evolved over the last three decades and now includes a technological spin on public interaction."
He reiterated that the sole aim of the competition is to reward automotive excellence, and added that the finalists would be put through structured testing procedures in March 2019, before scoring each against its direct class competitors on 11 aspects ranging from engine performance to exterior design.
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Here is the full list of 12 finalists in alphabetical order:
1. Alfa Romeo Stelvio
2. Honda Civic Type R
3. Hyundai Kona
4. Lexus ES
5. Mercedes-Benz A-Class
6. Mitsubishi Pajero Sport
7. Nissan Micra
8. Porsche Cayenne
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9. Renault Duster
10. Suzuki Swift
11. Suzuki Jimny
12. Volvo XC40