Car of the year: Which will it be?

In just a few weeks, the Car Of The Year 2015 winner will be announced. Excitement is mounting as the car industry wonders which of the finalists will be awarded the honour.

The winner is to announced at a gala banquet on March 18, hosted by Wesbank.


Last year’s winning car was the Porsche Cayman S. It was said to reflect value for money, safety, dynamics, technology, aesthetics, innovation and ingenuity, and evoke automotive passion and excitement.


Of all the available cars for sale in South Africa, 11 cars have been shortlisted as the finalists. The 11 cars were announced last year after a vote by a 29-member jury from the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ), of an original list of 40 Semi-finalists.

The finalists are:

  • Audi A3 Sedan 1.4T Se S Tronic
  • Bmw M4 Coupe Auto
  • CitroëN C4 Picasso E-Hdi 115 Intensive
  • Honda Accord 3.5 V6 Exclusive
  • Lexus Es 250 Ex
  • Mercedes Benz C-Class C 200 Auto
  • Nissan Qashqai 1.6Dci Acenta Auto
  • Porsche Macan S Diesel
  • Renault Duster 1.5Dci Dynamique 4Wd
  • Subaru Wrx Premium
  • Toyota Corolla 1.4 D-4D Prestige


Writing for Business Day, motoring journalist and jury member Lerato Matebese says members of the jury will have their work cut out for them.


“To clarify how the dynamics of the competition work, the vehicles assembled here are not pitted against each other, but rather others within their segments. For instance, the Toyota Corolla will be compared to the Ford Focus sedan, Kia Cerato sedan and the Hyundai Elantra, to name a few, while the Mercedes C-Class will duke it out with the Audi A4, BMW 3 Series and even the Infiniti Q50.”


He stresses the importance of jury member having driven as many of the vehicles as possible in order to make informed decisions about each vehicle.


“Porsche with its Macan will undoubtedly be the topic of much discussion as to whether it will treble the company’s success in the competition, following in the tracks of the 2013 and 2014 winners in the form of the Boxster and Cayman respectively. That said, many of the models here are class acts and it will be interesting to see which ones stand out when each one is put through its paces.”


Rev your engines, petrol heads, in just a few short weeks we’ll know which is the best.