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2013 SA Car of Year named

2013-03-07 07:54

CAPE TOWN - The Porsche Boxster has been named 2013 South African Car of the Year, the first Porsche to win the competition began in the 1980's.

The SA competition has for the past few years been based on the European Coty points-based scoring system but is unique in that each finalist, 12 vehicles in 2012, is also put through a series of tests at the Gerotek Vehicle Testing Facility west of Pretoria.

FIRST PORSCHE TO WIN
 
The competition claims to reward automotive excellence and the winning vehicle must score highly in its own class, not against the other finalists.

The competition is organised by the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists. Hyundai's stunning Elantra claimed the title in 2012.

The BMW 320i, Toyota 86, and Ford Ranger were arguably the strongest contenders for the title since they represent the biggest improvements and are the best buys in their respective segments.

A parallel Wheels24 Coty voting poll open to the public and eventually taking a total of 19 431 votes was won by the Ford Ranger.

In March, the Volkswagen Golf was named the 2013 European Car of the Year.

Final result of the 2013 Coty by votes

1 Porsche Boxster - 221
2 Range Rover Evoque Si4 Dynamic 5-door - 181
3 Toyota 86 High Spec 6MT - 177
4 Kia Rio 1.4 TEC Hatch Manual - 144
5 Lexus GS 350 EX - 143
6 Hyundai i30 1.8 Executive - 106
7 BMW 320i Automatic - 104
8 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T Tekna (with Leather) - 79
9 Opel Meriva 1.4T Cosmo - 67
10 Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT 4X4 Double-cab Auto - 56
11 Toyota Yaris 1.5 HSD Xs - 47
12 Mercedes-Benz B180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 7G-DCT - 35 

WHEELS24 READERS VOTE

The Porsche Boxster? Really Coty judges? While we can agree the Boxster is a phenomenal machine we're not sure the general public would agree, least of all our readers.

Wheels24 readers don't share the judges' sentiments: the Boxster came only seventh in our readers' Coty with 618 votes.

Topping the list with a whopping 6431 votes was Ford's powerhouse Ranger double-cab. Since its launch in 2012, the Ranger has become a sales success for the US automaker and the majority of readers agree. The SA-built Ranger is arguably the most capable of the premium bakkies in SA.

In second place was Kia's Rio with 3745 votes followed by the BMW 3 Series (2106) and Hyundai i30 (1791) in third and fourth place respectively.

In last place was Toyota's Yaris HSD.

Wheels24 Readers COTY results:


1 Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT 4X4 Double Cab Diesel a/t - 6431
2 Kia Rio 1.4 TEC Hatch - 3745
3 BMW 3 Series 320i a/t - 2106
4 Hyundai i30 1.8 Executive - 1791
5 Toyota 86 High Spec - 1667
6 Range Rover Evoque Si4 Dynamic 5-door - 1217
7 Porsche Boxster - 618
8 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T Tekna - 530
9 Mercedes-Benz B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY - 552
10 Lexus GS 350 EX - 330
11 Opel Meriva 1.4T Cosmo - 271
12 Toyota Yaris 1.5 HSD Xs - 173

Wheels24's Coty choice at the start of the competition:

Editor Les Stephenson says:
1 Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T Tekna, because it's fun, frugal, family friendly and capable of modest off-tar travel.
2 Toyota 86 because it's the most fun vehicle of 2012 - and its price.
3 Hyundai i30  because of its looks and specs  - and a hat trick of wins would be cool.

Sergio Davids:
1 The Toyota 86 is the most exciting ride from the Japanese automaker in the past decade. It's stylish, fun to drive and priced well.
2 Lexus GS - I believe the automaker finally has a product that poses a threat to the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-class.
3 Nothing says “dare to be different” like the Nissan Juke. It’s fun to drive and rather spacious.

Wheels24 Readers DIRK VAN DER MERWE and ANTON DEKKER believe the Porsche Boxster is a poor choice for the 2013 SA Car of the Year. Click here to read their thoughts!

Do you agree with the Porsche Boxster claiming the 2013 CoTY title? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

Comments
  • Rudolf Rautenbach - 2013-03-07 08:07

    The judges drove them all. The readers no.

      Thando Gqabaza - 2013-03-07 08:52

      Perhaps we need "Car of the Year" and "Affordable Car of the Year" as well ?

      Thando Gqabaza - 2013-03-07 08:52

      Perhaps we need "Car of the Year" and "Affordable Car of the Year" as well ?

      Thulani Tn Nkomonde - 2013-03-07 13:35

      The Porche company has money. They can afford to pay a 6 star treatment...

      Sheamus Drager - 2013-03-07 14:44

      Clearly the readers know more about cars than the journalists. I for one, will not be taking advice from motoring writers anymore.

      philip.higgo - 2013-03-08 01:20

      Indeed. The complete lack of insight of such a large percentage of commenters as to the relevant criteria is nothing short of amazing - please read the criteria people! And the criteria is, like it or not, correct (otherwise we may as well just give the award to the most popular/cheapest/best seller - or a bakkie (to please those ostensibly using the big open spaces..) or the smallest car (to please the city dwellers)...To be CAR of the year it has to be measured - as to a wide range of aspects - comparative to all competitors in its class. And go and read the authorative overseas publications - the 981 Boxster is a deserved winner.I really did not think that the SAGMJ would have the balls to award it accordingly - so, even though I have felt that they have often got it wrong in the past, hats off to them! 0 0 Reply to Philip Higgo | 0 comments (hide) | Delete

  • Adrian Hodgkinson - 2013-03-07 08:17

    What a joke! So your telling the average population that the car they must buy is a Porsche Boxster. Very useful to my family and everyday life. I think the SA car of the year has become a antiquated PR stunt.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-03-07 08:34

      Uh, they didn't vote on "The best Car to Move the Hodgkinson Family, 2013". They voted on a car that is a magnificent improvement on the prior model, a real joy to drive, excellent looking, and good value for the performance. Yes, most people can't afford it. Yes, the waiting list is absolutely ridiculous. Considering the average reader wants a Ford Ranger, circa 400k, and a baby Boxster is R600k...

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-03-07 08:34

      Uh, they didn't vote on "The best Car to Move the Hodgkinson Family, 2013". They voted on a car that is a magnificent improvement on the prior model, a real joy to drive, excellent looking, and good value for the performance. Yes, most people can't afford it. Yes, the waiting list is absolutely ridiculous. Considering the average reader wants a Ford Ranger, circa 400k, and a baby Boxster is R600k...

      Rahil Khanna - 2013-03-07 08:38

      COTY doesnt mean you or the general public have to go buy it ...based on the all the tests , performance etc the Porsche was adjudge to be the best, and so be it . Nothing stops you from going to buy a JUKE (which in my opinion is the ugliest car i ever seen, looks like a ParktownPrawn). or whatever car you prefer to buy.

      Rahil Khanna - 2013-03-07 08:38

      COTY doesnt mean you or the general public have to go buy it ...based on the all the tests , performance etc the Porsche was adjudge to be the best, and so be it . Nothing stops you from going to buy a JUKE (which in my opinion is the ugliest car i ever seen, looks like a ParktownPrawn). or whatever car you prefer to buy.

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-03-07 09:13

      Yes Adrian...the judges suggest that the average citizen go out there and buy a Boxster.

      erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-03-07 09:13

      Yes Adrian...the judges suggest that the average citizen go out there and buy a Boxster.

      Lars Thor - 2013-03-07 12:34

      Ian, you talk about most improve car on previous model. Have you seen the old Ranger and Rio. They both take that well over the Porsche. In fact the ranger went from a very average bakkie to Bakkie of the Year World wide. How's that for improvement. the old Boxster must have been a real piece of s%^t.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-03-07 15:09

      Well Lars, since I see you saying that anyone that has one must be out of touch, I'm a bit afraid to tell you that indeed, the last Boxster wasn't great at all.I wasn't interested in one and landed up buying something else. Now I wish I had a shot at one of these. There is a massive difference, especially in the interior. BTW - The new Ranger is a fantastic looking Bakkie, really not taking anything away from it - it deserves its success.

      Phoenixx - 2013-03-07 17:39

      "the last Boxster wasn't great at all" really??? Every single publication in the world would disagree with you. I did not read a single, even slightly bad, review on the previous Boxster (987) during its entire lifetime.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-03-07 17:54

      Phoenixx - Perhaps at launch, but by the time they were finished with all the different versions, it had got a bit long in the tooth. The baby felt REALLY underpowered to me - driving feel and gearbox were great. Interior, very sparse, nothing to write home about. Styling was a bit of a letdown IMO. The new one is edgier in the looks department, the interior is unbelievably well made for a car of its price.

  • Rudolf Rautenbach - 2013-03-07 08:19

    The judges, experienced journalists, drove all the competing vehicles. The readers not!

      johan.mostert.967 - 2013-03-07 11:46

      For the simple reason that 99% of the readers can not afford half of the cars mentioned.

  • David Lawrence - 2013-03-07 08:34

    This is a joke. Cannot believe that this has happened. Ford Ranger should have one by far.

  • sabelo.mzuku - 2013-03-07 08:36

    Whats a Boxster and what's special about it?

      Phoenix Px - 2013-03-07 14:39

      Oh dear me. Why are you even reading the motoring section if you don't know?

      Anton Meiring - 2013-03-07 17:55

      Hehe

      Sabs Mzuku - 2013-03-07 23:31

      Too subtle Phoenixx? ..you did not get the sarcasm there!...and the question still stands btw.

      Phoenixx - 2013-03-07 23:42

      Oops lol way too subtle!!!

      Sabs Mzuku - 2013-03-08 08:13

      Phoenix my Good Sir, i was just surprised that the Porsche Boxster won the COTY tittle and somehow wanted justfication of some sort (taking nothing away from the car). So in my opinion then, the Boxster is as good as the Hyundai Elantra. (i can see you rollin' your eyes on your first comment! hahaha)

      Phoenixx - 2013-03-08 11:24

      Go drive it and see for yourself.

      Greg Quinn - 2013-03-08 12:39

      Go test drive one, you'll see.

  • Ramon Lipparoni - 2013-03-07 09:04

    Ha! , you serious !!! a Boxster !!! wow .. what an amazing family car .. where do you put the kids ??? Oh wait that's right , middle aged fat balding , mid life crisis show offs don't have kids. They have plastic Ex wives and snobbish little brats , who are raised by the Austrian Au pair!! who are not allowed to sit in Dad's car. Please what a load of crap ! This car competition should be for cars the majority of us can afford to buy

      Love Ness - 2013-03-07 09:17

      Then perhaps start a new competition - this one is not for budget, practicality etc. It's like a beauty contest and you criticise the winner for not having qualities for which the beauty contest was not looking for.

      Love Ness - 2013-03-07 09:17

      Then perhaps start a new competition - this one is not for budget, practicality etc. It's like a beauty contest and you criticise the winner for not having qualities for which the beauty contest was not looking for.

      Greg Quinn - 2013-03-08 12:40

      This is not called FCOTY (Family Car of the YeaR), it's COTY

  • Lars Thor - 2013-03-07 09:06

    This show how out of touch the COTY panel is with reality. These Journalists clearly have no clue when it come's to value for money and practicality because you cannot beat the Ford Ranger and Kia Rio on that score not to mention the Hyundai I30. We " the public " have to pay for our cars and use them every day. This is obviously not the case with the COTY panel. This demonstrates what a useless venture this SA Car of the Year really is and/or how much Porsche SA was prepared to pay for this result. The News 24 reader have got it right aswell as only 56 ( Ford votes ) and 144 ( Rio votes )from the Panel. To the rest of the panel, specifically 221 of you, you need a reality check !! What exactly is the point of this venture if its not to find the best car for South Africans and the Porsche Boxster is certainly not that, it may be a brillant car and may even deserve Car of the Year in a country where only single, rich people live with perfect roads that dont need to transport more than a laptop with them BUT that is not the case here in RSA. Just my opinion but what do I know, I drive a Hilux.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-03-07 09:55

      You are welcome to your opinion, but again, COTY isn't "best budget car of the year, or the nicest bakkie around". Its the best car, and a huge part of that is looks and performance and enjoyment of the drive. This happened to fall into a different segment that you don't approve of. Every year when little cheap Korean city runarounds win, the TT, SLK, Z4, 350/370z, 86x, etc etc owners don't come and complain that its actually terrible for highway driving, its not nearly as safe in an impact, its a horrible track car. BECAUSE ITS NOT DESIGNED FOR THAT. It was measured to be an incredible achievement in its niche, and it represented the best value in that specific segment.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-03-07 09:55

      You are welcome to your opinion, but again, COTY isn't "best budget car of the year, or the nicest bakkie around". Its the best car, and a huge part of that is looks and performance and enjoyment of the drive. This happened to fall into a different segment that you don't approve of. Every year when little cheap Korean city runarounds win, the TT, SLK, Z4, 350/370z, 86x, etc etc owners don't come and complain that its actually terrible for highway driving, its not nearly as safe in an impact, its a horrible track car. BECAUSE ITS NOT DESIGNED FOR THAT. It was measured to be an incredible achievement in its niche, and it represented the best value in that specific segment.

      ltjvrensburg - 2013-03-07 12:13

      Lars you dont have to worry, the hilux have won the coty for the past 15 years on sales alone. Vehicle sales give a true reflection on this point.

      Lars Thor - 2013-03-07 12:27

      Ian, this is South African Car of the Year !!!Surely it should be about what is good for South Africans in South African conditions and I just dont see that being a Porsche.Germany ( who have the conditions for this Porsche ) voted the new Golf as their Car of the Year. Its affordable and practical.

  • Kwashic - 2013-03-07 09:09

    yah! COTY never meant anything anyway. Just means that a certain group of people were impressed by a certain make of car when they drove it and sat in it. And I too would be impressed with doing the same with a Bugatti Veyron or Koennigsegg (whatever the spelling). After all that I would then get out of it and go drive a real car that can get the job done without spending enough to feed a bunch of families. Key aspects would be affordability, comfort, running costs, practicality, economy and reasonable build quality.

  • Malan Van Der Merwe - 2013-03-07 09:10

    These judges are so out of feeling with the general car lover that read motoring magazines and Wheels24, just by comparing the differences between what they perceive to be the best improvement compared to the readers. At the end of the day we as the public buy (pay for our) cars and not motoring journalists as they always drive around in "free" cars swopping for the next every few months. So my question is "who's votes really count?". This is just one massive PR stunt I agree!

      Shakes Majola - 2013-03-07 09:31

      Agreed. What next, a BMW X5M that can only be afforded by 12 out of 1 million "real" motorists? The COTY competition has lost it.Remember when a Renault 5 won this title?

      Shakes Majola - 2013-03-07 09:31

      Agreed. What next, a BMW X5M that can only be afforded by 12 out of 1 million "real" motorists? The COTY competition has lost it.Remember when a Renault 5 won this title?

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-03-07 10:01

      Are you telling me the general car lover wants to see the "Best Car of 2013" voted as a cheap affordable Polo Vivo and its ilk win EVERY year. If you feel so strongly about it, why don't you start a "Cheap Car of the Year" competition and be satisfied that it fits your pocket? Pity, all the people complaining that the Ranger should have won would be up in arms, because they aren't exactly "Cheap" compared to the Tata's, and they would be posting on Wheels24 complaining about the fairness of your competition.

      ianmichaelcalder - 2013-03-07 10:01

      Are you telling me the general car lover wants to see the "Best Car of 2013" voted as a cheap affordable Polo Vivo and its ilk win EVERY year. If you feel so strongly about it, why don't you start a "Cheap Car of the Year" competition and be satisfied that it fits your pocket? Pity, all the people complaining that the Ranger should have won would be up in arms, because they aren't exactly "Cheap" compared to the Tata's, and they would be posting on Wheels24 complaining about the fairness of your competition.

  • Jaco De Villiers - 2013-03-07 09:37

    Is the Porsche really a "South-African" vehicle? With our roads? Crime? Petrol price? Theres only 3 dealerships in SA. Not a family vehicle... Its expensive. I dont think it deserves car of the year!

  • Jaco De Villiers - 2013-03-07 09:39

    The Porsche although pretty and a nice car, is not a "South-African" car, not with our roads, crime and petrol price. Theres only 3 dealers in SA, its not a family vehicle and its quite expensive. I dont think it deserves car of the year.

  • Anton Dekker - 2013-03-07 10:20

    The ‘South African Guild of Motoring Journalists’ have proven themselves to be completely insignificant and ludicrously out of touch with their country, their own genre of “so called” know-how and their readers. It seems the same disease that decimated our relevant political thinking has now also struck or motoring journalists. No one could possibly dispute the technological brilliance of anything produced by the Porsche factory, but that is not the point! The ‘South African Car of the Year’ should at least have some significance, or even some remote relevance for South Africa, the local motoring public, conditions, economy, etc. This is not the European-, or German -, or Wherever Car of the Year award, but the South African one. What significance or relevance could an up market, high performance, two seater sports cars have for anyone in South Africa! Who are they pandering to? The 0.0001% of the population that might buy one of these sometime in the future? Unfortunately the Car of the Year award, always a good indicator of the South African motoring choice, has now fallen by the wayside and the ignorant choices and mutterings of the scribes responsible will be mostly ignored in the future! Who will win the award next year Maybach or Bucatti?

      Lars Thor - 2013-03-07 12:41

      I couldn't agree more Anton. These people are completely Out of Touch.

  • erik.p.vanwyk - 2013-03-07 10:37

    Not sure why everyone is crying about the outcome of this. This comp never really meant anything anyways. You dont have to buy the car of the year, you are not forced to, buy something else or keep what you have. People going on about this car should not have won due to our road conditions, not all of the people owning these cars live in rural areas of drive on gravel road and neither do the most Wheels 24 readers. Not sure why many are so offended by this.

      Johan Cronje - 2013-03-08 07:26

      Erik, Car of the Year does mean something to the average motorist as it gives the car some credibility and therefore improved resale price. I can attest to this as I previously bought the car of the year (BMW 2.0d 2001) and actually made a profit on the resale of this car.

  • Weet van Beter - 2013-03-07 10:42

    Normally value for money was a big factor in the choice for the car of the year title. I don't see any value for money in buying a Porsche Boxster. I like the Ford Ranger, but a vehicle cannot be evaluated by it's looks only. Maybe they should publish the Coty evaluation criteria so that the public can see why the Porsche won

  • Daniel Mah - 2013-03-07 11:06

    a boxter nogal - are you kidding me

  • Ayo Doc Shugz Mkize - 2013-03-07 11:14

    I think those guys are racist if not biased every year or second the Germans are winning we're is the fairness.

      Anton Meiring - 2013-03-07 17:53

      Racist? Haha! Should they have voted fot the Donkiekar ?

      Mario Botes - 2013-03-07 22:50

      Once apon a time in the good old days when the roads were good, the ZAR was stronger than the $ there was a car we could have voted for that was our own.....but then the ANC came along and ruined everything!!!

  • Mandi Du Plessis - 2013-03-07 11:17

    I trust the judges decision as they know how to truly test vehicles from every aspect of the car. As for those who state "family car - where do you put the kids?" not all of us use these criteria to purchase a vehicle. Perhaps the COTY awards may also be viewed as cars to aspire to own? Just saying

  • Mario Botes - 2013-03-07 11:21

    Wow...you guys amaze me with your comments...how can someone comment on a motoring website and not have a clue what a Boxter is??....I can't stop laughing at this guy. Do you even know what car you drive and paid for? You other guys have all these comments regarding value for money, practicality exc, a points system sets all these cars in the same category, that's why they use it in the first place. If all cars were judged on how they handle roads..no sedan or hatch would ever win, only bakkies and SUV's. If all cars were judged on practicality, no SUV would ever win cause its to big. Its all about a combined package and this time the Boxter had it all just right. If you think the Boxter is not good value for money, please compare it with the z4 and slk 55, its actually a brilliant package!!! And yes, Porsche only has 3 dealerships in SA, but wow they sell a lot of cars!!! If the Boxter is not made for SA roads, why do they sell so good?? The fact is that no vehicle is made for SA roads. If you think the Boxter is not made for the SA roads, why does anyone bother buying a sedan anymore, we should all be driving bakkies then. I guess jealousy does make you nasty!!!! Well done Porsche you deserve it!!!

  • Mario Botes - 2013-03-07 11:38

    Geez...now the Germans are even racists cause they win coty to often. Let me tell you, other than in SA, the Germans and Americans exc get credit for doing things good and building cars of the best quality and standards. Just because the Germans build good cars doesn't make them racist. But I don't expect you to understand all this...seeing that you live in SA and gets everything mahala. By the way, your government just loves theses German racist cars!!!

  • Derek John Main - 2013-03-07 11:42

    Dare I ask - Are these motor journalists "influenced" in any way?

      Shoosh - 2013-03-07 16:03

      No ANC tender irregularaties here.

  • James Beukes - 2013-03-07 12:01

    Joke...if it was the 911 then i would agree!!

  • Mpho Pink-One - 2013-03-07 12:01

    What about the normal priced cars that maybe a middle classed person can afford. The majority of people will never drive a porche, how about the judging be based on what an average person needs in a car, what kind of new innovative technology the car has and ofcause value for money! Its no use chosing the car of the year when most people will never afford it!

  • Rowan Bruce Seath - 2013-03-07 12:16

    The whole idea of comparing sportscars with double cabs/SUV's etc. and then declaring one of them "Car of the year" is ridiculous. This competition is irrelevant in my oppinion.

  • Jean Rossouw - 2013-03-07 12:23

    Rook julle iets? hoeveel mense kan n Porsche bekostig?!!! Julle is duitse karre mal!!! Enige iets solank dit duits is ne? Die Wheels24 span moet asb se watse karre hulle ry, seker 90% duits!!

  • Shelvine Berzerk Erasmus - 2013-03-07 12:34

    Reading the statements below its clear that no one knows what the car of the year is about or understand the voting process. Its about the best overall score with many sub scorings. and the Porsche aded up the most votes. as simple as that. Just because you don't agree with it or don't understand it doesn't make it wrong or stupid.

      Lars Thor - 2013-03-07 12:56

      I do know how the process works and and believe me so do the COTY panel who fill in all the score's on each car. Altermately they determine who they want the winner to be with their scores and the point Shelvine is that these people are Out of Touch with South Africa and motoring. Even germany voted the practical and affordable new Golf as their Car of the Year. And there is more porsche's there than anywhere else.

  • SirFGrumpy - 2013-03-07 12:58

    This is the biggest joke ever. I will never ever read and take any interst in this crap ever again. Please stop the COTA award program, you guys do not know what you are doing!F'ing joke!

  • DriveSA - 2013-03-07 13:07

    Wow, I've actually just been reconsidering my decision to stay away from the SAGMJ since I first became a motoring journalist some 6 years ago. But this oddball decision has my reconsidering my reconsideration... Not that I don't agree the Boxster is a brilliant car, but SA COTY? Seems SAGMJ may really just be an automotive industry prossie after all.

  • Evert van Staaden - 2013-03-07 13:19

    it's the "Top Gear" mentality isn't it? I would like to see the SA car of the year be judged by South African standards, affordability, economy, practicality, etc. It's a bit of a joke that most of the South African public will never be able to drive what was voted their "car of the year"

  • Sheda Habib - 2013-03-07 13:32

    I have driven all except the Opel (I would have placed the Toyota 86 higher otherwise I agree with the readers and not the judges. These judges don't know a vonkprop from a spark plug

      Mario Botes - 2013-03-07 22:33

      So you would choose a Toyota above a Porsche AND where exactly is the Toy more practical and can handle roads better than the Boxter??????.......hahahahahaha!!!!!

  • Jumbo Swart - 2013-03-07 14:12

    Obviously some money must have changed hands

      Shoosh - 2013-03-07 16:02

      It wasn't a panel of corrupt ANC cadres.

  • Gerhardus Janse van Rensburg - 2013-03-07 15:00

    I wonder how much porche paid for this publicity

      Shoosh - 2013-03-07 16:02

      It wasn't a panel of corrupt ANC cadres.

  • Desmond Webster - 2013-03-07 17:06

    I do concur with the other comments, however the finalist is chosen for the best in its class.We all know that most of can't afford one, but it does not seem to be chosen on value for money.

      Tony van Niekerk - 2013-03-07 17:38

      However, the Boxter cannot be said to be "best in class". You can even ask Porsche fans.

      Phoenixx - 2013-03-07 17:40

      Are you kidding??? Do you read ANY car magazines? If so, you will know that it is consistently seen as best in class.

  • Phoenixx - 2013-03-07 17:43

    About time something more interesting than a golf or some budget car wins COTY. All factors are considered: how it drives, how it looks, sounds, quality AND price... and the new Boxster is an exceptional car. For a forum that I imagine is read by people who love cars; the general attitude is disappointing... what??? did you want another boring, uninspiring car to win like it does EVERY year. Thank you judges that, for once, you selected a car that is brilliant inn every way and that people can aspire to.

  • Nhlanhla Madlokovu - 2013-03-07 23:42

    Thnkx 2 porch

  • Nhlanhla Madlokovu - 2013-03-07 23:56

    Eish porsche yenza 1

  • Willem Reitsma - 2013-03-08 07:11

    I agree with the award! The Boxster is an amazing car and in its category there is nothing to touch. Within the rules! So change the rules and maybe the Ranger or Rio could have won! Porsche has a winner!

  • Johan Cronje - 2013-03-08 07:16

    Thanks Wheels24 for correcting this and publishing a realistic order of COTY. The top 3 selected by the judges is driven by about .00001% of the driving population and the winner is owned by only a hand full of drivers. Perhaps they should change the name to TOY of the year.

      Phoenixx - 2013-03-08 11:27

      It is to select the best car in the group, also taking price into consideration. They have done just that. I get the idea there are lots of 'suurknolle' reading this forum.

  • Nathi Olifant - 2013-03-08 07:22

    The Juke is a joke

  • Sifiso Mahlaba - 2013-03-08 10:10

    This doesn't make sense.

  • Pieter Pieters - 2013-03-08 13:41

    ...and so everything in this country gets rigged?!

  • Johann Nortje - 2013-03-09 04:31

    Read through all the comments. Mario seems to be the only guy where it is clear that he actually knows something about cars. To all the Ranger fans: we should compare apples to apples ( how is it then possible that you believe the Ford should have won if it cant kick some Amarok butt. Towcar of the year where a 2 l that only comes in milk ... blew the 3.2l's out of the competition. Well done to Porche and the germans!!

      Leon Carstens - 2013-03-09 18:17

      All due respect meneer but atleast Ford Ranger drivers know how to spell PORSCHE!!!!! Maybe only can count to 2!!!

      Mario Botes - 2013-03-11 10:14

      Thanx Johann. True about the Ford Ranger. One of my friends had a Ranger but said that he couldn't live with the fuel economy so he bought a Hilux. The fact is that most segments in the motor industry have leaders from a German brand. Its what they do and do good. They simply make sure they lead the class, no matter what. The people fail to see that COTY is and have never been judged on practicality or consumption alone, its about the best package at that certain time. And for some poeple consumption is a decider when buying a vehicle, for others, its looks and others performance. I see a lot of people here commenting on the price of the Boxter, well would the Land rover have been any cheaper. Cause if we can't afford a Porsche of R600 k how would afford the Landy, no matter how much more practical it is. While the Boxter might have scored low on practicality, it might have scored high on performance, luxury, looks and all other criteria. This time the Boxter was the highest scorer overall. People on this forum commenting on how a Porsche drives and handles roads, do yourself a favour and go testdrive one, not necessarily a new one, I think you'll be surprised!!!!

  • Sean Fenwick - 2013-03-09 18:26

    The porsche is a poor choice for a winner. It may have defined a segment when came out years ago but in todays vote I believe the Ford Ranger, Nissan Juke or Evoque would have been better choices. Simply put thos three moved the game on considerably in their catagories. The porsche is easily matched by say a Nissan 370Z for performance and is far more cheaper than the porsche but of the same quality. Poor Choice COTY.

  • Andley Wu - 2013-03-11 00:29

    Drove the top 3. 86 shoulda taken it for the fun and affordability aspects. Having that said, if money was not an issue Porsche def wins.

  • Megan MacDonald - 2013-03-11 10:53

    To all who are sceptical as to how the Porsche Boxster could possibly have won COTY last night, read this: "The WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition (COTY) rewards automotive excellence and the winning vehicle must score highly in its OWN CLASS, not against the other finalist vehicles, as is often thought, across a variety of categories including value for money, safety, dynamics, technology and aesthetics, to name but a few. The Boxster entered the competition as a highly revered vehicle that has redefined its market segment and raised the bar in terms of performance, dynamics, quality, value and desirability, in the process beating the remaining 11 finalist for top honours."

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