• The finalists for the 2021 Car of the Year competition have been announced.
• Members of the South African public can now vote for their COTY.
• Voting closes on 11 June 2021.
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For the 2021 South African Car of the Year (COTY), it has been decided to increase public participation and a stand-alone voting platform has been created where the public can vote on category winners and select their overall favourite. This favourite will be awarded a new COTY accolade - The Motoring Enthusiast's Choice Trophy.
The winner of this Trophy will be based on the public vote to recognise their vehicle’s popularity and appeal.
The SA COTY team are also encouraging all the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists' members will take the opportunity to become part of this voting process.
There will be a draw for a few lucky voters to win an Advanced/Defensive Driver Training, as well as 4x4 Off-Road Driver Training.
To vote, please click on the link here. Voting formally closes on 11 June at 17h00.
Besides the overall winner's crown, the Finalists can also win one of nine categories: Budget, Compact, Family Compact, Family, Premium, Performance, New Energy, Adventure SUV and Double Cab. The final category, Luxury, has no contenders.
The most competitive category will be Compact Family with six Finalists: the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30, Peugeot 2008, Toyota Corolla Sedan, and Volkswagen T-Roc. The Budget category has the Hyundai Grand i10, Suzuki S-Presso and the Toyota Starlet going head-to-head, and our Compact category has the Hyundai Venue, Opel Corsa and Suzuki Vitara Brezza vying for top honours. The Family category includes the Volkswagen Caravelle which is an interesting Finalist that has proven extremely popular.
Hyundai and Toyota each have an impressive four models that made the Finalist list. Mercedes-Benz, Porsche and Suzuki have two Finalists each and Audi, BMW, Kia, Land Rover, Opel, Peugeot have one Finalist each.