BMW's 335i sedan beat off competition in 12 categories to be crowned topCar's Car of the Year for 2007.
Splitting the market into 13 categories, the topCar team chose a winner in each division that it thought most accurately reflected the interests of the local buying public.
Pierre Steyn, editor of topCar, said the objective of the panel of judges was to be as comprehensive and objective as possible in the selection process.
The finalists were:
Toyota Yaris T1 three-door - entry-level car under R100 000
Honda Jazz - small car
Toyota Corolla - compact car
Mercedes-Benz C-Class - luxury sedan
Audi A6 - medium luxury sedan
Mercedes-Benz S-Class - large luxury sedan
Toyota Verso - MPV
Land Rover Freelander 2 - mini SUV
Toyota Fortuner - SUV
Toyota Hilux - double-cab bakkie
Ford Focus ST three-door - hot hatch
BMW 335i sedan - performance car under R500 000
Audi R8 - performance car of the year
"The competition and overall winners is the result of a thorough and well-researched effort to deliver an independent service to the South African automotive community as well as to our valued readers," Steyn said.
The judges had the following to say about the winning BMW 335i: "This car represents more than just high performance.
"In its relatively affordable and practical form, it signifies the immediate future for petrol engines. No wonder this twin-turbo was crowned World Engine of the Year.
"In simple terms, it offers more than loads of performance. It is a watershed car that enthusiasts will look back on years from now - specifically its impressive engine - as the car that changed conventional thinking."