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2013-03-08 12:33

NOT ECO-FRIENDLY? Wheels24 reader Heinrich Coetzee says the 2013 Car of the Year doesn't make sense because it isn't eco-friendly

Heinrich Coetzee

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 HEINRICH COETZEE shares his thoughts...

"Worldwide Automakers are under pressure to produce vehicles with low CO2 emissions, especially the performance brands such as Ferrari, Maserati, Porsche, Lamborghini etc.

There are even some development programs by these brands to lower emissions by means of hybrid, electric power-plants etc.

Other brands such as BMW, Audi and Mercedes already made huge changes to their engine ranges to be able to keep up with EU standards for vehicle emissions, have a look at the latest engines from BMW.

Here we go and select a car with emissions of way above 200g/kg as our car of the year. How did Trevor Noah put it? "The World is going in that direction, but... Us South Africans... No, we go that way....

The Porsche Boxer is a brilliant car but winning the COTY title for 2013?!? It does not make sense...."


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