Vote for the REAL SA Car of Year

<b>TAKING AN EARLY LEAD:</b> Ford's rugged Ranger takes an early lead in our Reader Car of the Year vote. Will Kia's funky Rio take back the No.1 spot?
<b>TAKING AN EARLY LEAD:</b> Ford's rugged Ranger takes an early lead in our Reader Car of the Year vote. Will Kia's funky Rio take back the No.1 spot?
The 2013 South African Car of Year finalists have been chosen by a limited jury of South African motoring writers which has narrowed the list down from hundreds to just 12 models.

Vehicles will be judged in the metal in February 2013 for their aesthetics, build quality, ergonomics, fuel consumption, safety, handling, performance and - most important - value for money.

The 12 finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
•    2012 BMW 3 Series 320i Automatic
•    2012 Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT 4X4 Double Cab Diesel AT
•    2012 Hyundai i30 1.8 Executive
•    2012 Kia Rio 1.4 TEC Hatch MT
•    2012 Lexus GS 350 EX
•    2012 Mercedes-Benz B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY
•    2012 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T Tekna (Leather)
•    2012 Opel Meriva 1.4T Cosmo
•    2012 Porsche Boxster
•    2012 Range Rover Evoque Si4 Dynamic 5-door
•    2012 Toyota 86 High Spec 6MT
•    2012 Toyota Yaris 1.5 HSD Xs

Judges will put the finalists through a two-day test session in February 2013 at the Gerotek test facility, west of Pretoria. The winner will be announced in March 2013.

Wheels24 wants its readers - yes, that includes you! - to have your say about choosing South Africa's next Car of the Year. We'll be running our home page voting booth fthrough until to March 2013 when the official COTY announcement will be made - but will it be the correct one according to popular opinion?

On our homepage you can track how other readers have voted or click on individual models to find out more about them before you do.

Currently our voting booth has garnered 444 votes. Ford's Ranger (103) has narrowly pipped Kia's Rio (93) to take an early lead, with BMW's 3 Series third with 70 votes.

Toyota's 86 (56 votes) lies in fourth place followed by the Range Rover Evoque (45) and Hyundai i130 (32). In last place is Toyoya's new Yaris. With five moths left it's still too early to tell who will come out tops.

Finalists' image gallery

Tell your friends and local motoring clubs to back their brand by voting for their favourite model.

Share your thoughts in our Readers' Comments below. Which vehicle should be crowned the 2013 Car of the Year? Email us and we'll publish your feelings on Wheels24.

Check out our home page voting booth where you can vote for you favourite ride in our Readers' Car of the Year.
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