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2010-10-26 12:30

NO GOLF?: The 10 finalists in the 2010 South African Car of the Year competition.

Johannesburg - The finalists for South Africa’s annual Car of the Year honours have been announced.

Eight manufacturers are represented among the 10 finalists, with Hyundai and VW scoring two entries each.

Among the finalists are BMW’s 530d, Citroen’s DS3 1.6 THP Sport, Honda’s CR-Z Hybrid, the Kia Sportage 2.0 CRDi GLS AWD, Opel Astra 1.4T and Ford’s Figo 1.4 Ambiente.

VW’s two finalists are the Polo 1.6 TDI and Amarok 2.0 BiTDI 4x2, while Hyundai has its iX35 and Sonata in the running.

A two-day test session at Gerotek’s world-class evaluation facility west of Pretoria will enable jury members an opportunity to expose themselves to the finalists before casting a vote in favour of the winner.

The results will be tabled and the winner announced on a yet to be confirmed date in March 2011.

Strong candidates for the title include VW’s Polo (currently World Car of the Year) and Ford’s high-value Figo, while the Amarok makes a long-overdue case for representation of the bakkie market – a key volume segment in the terms of outright vehicle sales.

Interestingly the list of candidates includes three Korean cars – a state of affairs that would have been unfathomable a decade ago...

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