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Reader: SAGMJ 'out of touch'

2013-03-07 10:53

POOR PICK FOR SA CAR OF THE YEAR: Many readers such as Anton Dekker dissagree with the Porsche Boxster being named the 2013 SA Car of the Year.


The Porsche Boxster has been named 2013 South African Car of the Year, the first Porsche to win since 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.

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

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.

Wheels24 reader ANTON DEKKER shares his thoughts...

"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 SA, the local motoring public, conditions, economy, etc.


This is not the European 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 a Porsche 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 Bugatti?"

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