The WesBank / South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) Car of the Year finalists were announced at the NASREC Exhibition Centre yesterday. The venue is the home of the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) which runs until Sunday, 27 October.
The nine finalists were announced during a reveal event hosted by the competition sponsors and followed a vote by the 30-member jury. These nine were whittled down from the list of 40 semi-finalists which were hopefuls to make this next stage of the competition.
What follows is a two-day evaluation of each of these finalists which will take place in January of next year. Testing will take place at Gerotek and each of the 30 jury members will have the opportunity to once again evaluate every one of the finalist vehicles. Criteria on which the vehicles will be judged include aesthetics, build quality, ergonomics, fuel consumption, environmental friendliness, safety features and value for money, amongst others.
The vehicles will also be tested in conditions and on routes that it is expected most customers would be using them during the everyday lives. In addition to the testing of the vehicles, jury members will also be given access to independent performance test data, comparative pricing and specification data from RGT Smart as well as comparative parts pricing data, compiled by Malcolm Kinsey, producer of the Kinsey report.
The winner of the title will be announced in February of 2014.
The finalists in the 2014 competition are:
- Audi A3 Sportback 1.4T FSI Manual
- Jaguar F-TYPE 3.0 V6 S
- Lexus IS 350 F-Sport
- Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
- Peugeot 208 GTi
- Porsche Cayman S
- Renault Clio 4 66kW Turbo Dynamique
- Volkswagen Golf 7 1.4 TSI 90kW Comfortline DSG
- Volvo V40 D3 Geartronic Excel