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SA COTY Finalists announced The 2019 AutoTrader South African Car of the Year Awards are almost upon us, and the organisers have released the list of finalists. George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO commented that the list covers vehicles from across the globe. “South African motorists have access to vehicles from all over the world and to every conceivable type. This is reflected in the list of finalists.” The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists says they would back each and every finalist as a contender worthy of wearing the 2019 AutoTrader SA Car of the Year crown. “The judges will have their work cut out for them when it comes to evaluating the finalists, because they represent the crème de la crème of the crop, but we believe we have a jury that has vast experience in judging our competition. Stuart Johnston and Colin Windell are current jurors who were part of the Jury at the very first historic Car Of The Year Competition 33 years ago. The record for the juror serving for the most consecutive years is Bobby Cheetham with an impressive 29-years, although he is not a juror this year.” The 25 Jurors will be given the opportunity to drive all the finalist vehicles over the next 3 months under normal driving conditions experienced by the average consumer. The formal AutoTrader Car Of The Year evaluation days that will be held in Gauteng in March 2019 will allow judges the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the vehicles.
At these evaluation days – the most critical of which will be the scheduled procedures to be held at Kyalami – the COTY Jury will assess the cars independently, with routes and modules designed to test the vehicles on specific criteria. They are, 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 9.Renault Duster 10.Suzuki Jimny 11.Suzuki Swift 12.Volvo XC40 The Jury will also have access to performance test data, comparative pricing and specification data, as well as comparative parts and pricing data.