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I recently attended the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank. It was my first year attending and honestly, I was blown away at how well organized the event was. One of my main reasons for attending was to see the trends in the industry and which car brands are dominating this space right now.
#CarsAwards has grown in stature, reach and influence since the inaugural event in 2016. Apart from being exclusively supported by WesBank, South Africa’s largest vehicle finance provider, #CarsAwards is regarded as an energetic, impactful opening number on the automotive industry calendar.
Best Family cars for 2019 are:
This was a tough competition as many of the finalists have produced good family cars that offer something for everyone especially when it comes to pricing. I do however think the Mazda CX-5 should’ve won an award too.
- Compact Family Car: Nissan Qashqai 1.2 Acenta Auto
2. Family Car: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Trendline
3. Executive Sedan: Mercedes-Benz E220d Avantgarde
4. Adventure SUV: Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto
5. Executive SUV: Volvo XC60 D5 AWD R-Design
6. Premium SUV: Range Rover Velar D300 R-Dynamic SE
There are several reasons why the #CarsAwards is of greater significance than most other automotive awards programmes. For one, the winners aren’t chosen exclusively by motoring journalists, who report on (and review) the latest new vehicles in the market…
Although the 7 members of Cars.co.za’s editorial team chose the finalists, the combined judging panel (including 13 respected guest judges from various backgrounds and fields of expertise) only compiled the finalists’ individual scores once they’d evaluated the cars back-to-back during a thorough two-day test at the Gerotek facility at the end of 2018.
All derivatives listed on the new vehicles price list on September 1, 2018 were eligible for selection, and the public had just as much say in the outcome of 2018/19 #CarsAwards as the 20 judges did.
Fifty per cent of the final standings was based on rankings that the respective vehicle brands achieved in the Cars.co.za Ownership Satisfaction Survey, conducted in partnership with data specialists Lightstone Consumer. The data incorporated feedback from thousands of vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (less than five years old and serviced through franchised outlets).
Visit www.carsawards.co.za for more information about #CarsAwards, including the category criteria, and to view images of the award recipients taken at the event.