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Porsche wins SA 2014 Car of the Year

2014-02-19 22:24

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The Porsche Cayman S has been named the 2014 Car of the Year after what the jury said was the toughest competition in a long time.

The Cayman was one of nine finalists in the annual WesBank and South African Guild of Motoring Journalists' competition and scored 199 points.

Porsche controversially won the competition in 2013 with its Boxster so is only the second manufacturer in the Coty's 28-year history to score successive wins. It was also only the second year that Porsche had been nominated as a Coty finalist.

GALLERY: 2014 SA Coty finalists

Second was the Volkswagen Golf 7 1.4 TSI 90 kW Comfortline DSG (192) and third Audi's  A3 Sportback 1.4T FSI (168). They were followed in order by the Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG, Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 S, Renault Clio4 66kW Turbo Dynamique, Lexus IS 350 F-Sport, Volvo V40 and Peugeot 208 GTI.

Wheels24 ran its own readers' poll pretty much from when the finalists were named and their choice (see poll figures below) was the Volvo V40 De Geartronic Excel by a very clear margin.

Click here to find out what Wheels24 readers had to say.

Wheels24's JANINE-LEE GORDON was one of the 28-member SAGMJ jurists. At the end of all the evaluation processes each jury member had 50 points to allocate to the finalists. The car with the highest score was then announced the winner.

The 2014 Coty competition was a close call this year. All the finalists did exceptionally well in their various classes and choosing an overall winner was tough. Below shows how I allocated my 50 points, with a brief reason for each as I had voted for the final round. The only car I had not voted for was the Renault Clio.

Click here to find out how the jury voted!

JANINE'S SELECTION

Top 3:
 • 8  points - 2013 Audi A3 Sportback 1.4T FSI Manual
The Audi A3 proves to be a great buy. It's refined all round and just feels more sturdy on the road. The 1.4 T FSI engine somehow just feels better in the A3 than the Golf. Pricing is competitive and the subtle interior ticks all the right boxes.

 • 8  points - 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
The A 45 impressed all round, looks, handling and performance and that throaty little grunt. It's only downfall would also be its heavy fuel consumption.

 • 8 points - 2013 Porsche Cayman S
A car that is difficult to fault on all aspects except pricing. It's a bit steep compared to competitors in its class.

Runners up:
 • 7 2013 Peugeot 208 GTI
The Peugeot rose above as an underdog. It looks great, holds its own in terms of performance and pricing is competitive.
 
• 6 2013 Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 S
This car is hot as hell and exhilarating to drive on an open road. However, I was let down by performance and the fact that there is hardly any boot space took a knock on the scores.

 • 5 2013 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport
The Lexus is a stunning car to look at and awesome to drive but its interior could do with some upgrades, especially the facia. Also, a tad too heavy on fuel.

 • 5 2013 Volkswagen Golf 7 1.4 TSI 90 kW Comfortline DSG
Great car to drive, build quality is good, but disappoints at times in areas I had thought it would excel.

 • 3 2013 Volvo V40 D3 Geartronic Excel
*Volvo V40: A great family car and extremely comfortable, but I had expected a lot more in terms of driving aspects.

However, Wheels24 readers have been voting on the website and their votes were rather interesting with the Volvo V40 being the clear winner with 4563 votes (31%).

Here are the rest, according to Wheels24 readers in descending order:
Lexus IS 350 F-Sport 16% - 2418 votes
Volkswagen Golf 7 1.4 TSI 90kW Comfortline DSG 14% - 2017 votes
Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG 11% - 1666 votes
Jaguar F-Type 3.0 V6 S 8% - 1192 votes
Renault Clio4 66kW Turbo Dynamique 6% - 886 votes
Audi A3 Sportback 1.4T FSI Manual 5% - 809 votes
Peugeot 208 GTI 5% - 712 votes
Porsche Cayman S 4% - 591 votes

What do you think of the jury's choice? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts on Wheels24.

Comments
  • fadil.hoosain - 2014-02-19 22:55

    Merc should've won!!

      UNITY - 2014-02-20 05:31

      Who did posrche pay off, mainly tenderpreneurs and government officials can afford these cars.

      Koos Luerre - 2014-02-20 06:48

      We should have a Car of the year competition for cars that people actually buy. Very few people are interested in owning (or able to buy) Porches and AMG Mercs.

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 07:21

      It is called "car of the year", not "affordable car of the year", or "peoples choice car of the year", or "cheapskate car of the year". last time i checked, a porsche is a car.

      Foc Us - 2014-02-20 11:40

      I think it is totally DAFT to have a competition of this nature and have a PORSCHE win it!! This competition should be categorised for different levels of cars. This does not impress me at ALL!!

  • kevin.macintyre - 2014-02-19 23:14

    They need to reduce the price for Porsche to international prices. SA won't sell many at that price.

      Phoenixx - 2014-02-20 08:52

      LOL really??? Have you seen how many cars Porsche sells month in SAA? They have NEVER sold as many as right now - nearing the region of about 150 a month (consider the min price with options starts at just below 1 million). I don't think there is a problem here for them.

  • Gideon Louis Rossouw - 2014-02-20 00:48

    Porsche makes great cars, but it is rather silly to include super cars in this kind of competition, I mean really. Not all of us live in Sandton. Or can afford to pay the e-toll.

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 07:22

      Cayman is hardly a supercar. That would be the same as saying a Z4 or SLK is a supercar.

  • Johan Rademan Reloaded - 2014-02-20 02:53

    Seems the motor guru's live in a world of there own.Everyone I know down size there car buying.A very unrealistic approach who does not reflex the real car buyers choices.

  • Mike Cilliers - 2014-02-20 03:29

    Yip thats right folks on my way to buy the porsche,you suckers can't afford now you nasty.Next year finalist car of the year will be a Mclaren f1,Aston Martin one77,Lamborghini Aventador,Bentley and cheapest one Audi R8.GOSH WE LIVED IN AFRICA AND CAR OF THE YEAR IS A PORSCHE,NOP WESBANK YOUR COMPETITION IS NOT FOR REAL, TWO YEARS IN A ROW COMMON PLEASE,PLEASE DEVELOP AUTOBAHN.

  • Boitumelo Namate - 2014-02-20 05:23

    Good decision but close

  • Christo Boshoff - 2014-02-20 06:22

    SA Coty is out of touch with the car industry and what the average joe drives! I think they should have different categories..Sports Car, Car & Leisure Car of the Year! This is Bull****

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 07:24

      you are right and wrong. this is about rewarding the best car, and they did that, not about identifying the best car that most can buy. but yes, great idea to have categories. maybe a winner in each, with one overall winner.

  • Dewet Botha - 2014-02-20 06:28

    Die wenmotor nie n motor vir die gemiddelde man in die straat nie. Ek stel n tweeledige kompetisie voor. Motor van die jaar vir die rykes en dan ons common ouens wie sukkel om n goedkoop nuwe kar te bekostig.

  • Terence Brian Martin - 2014-02-20 06:48

    How the hell can this be the car of the year, this is crazy. how many people can afford a car like that. this is the incorrect choice, this award should be based on what the average man can afford not what some yuppie in Sandton can buy with his petty cash. this is a super car not a freaking 1.4i citi storm that is economical and cheap and affordable. what bull shyt.

  • Dewald Vd Heever - 2014-02-20 07:14

    so affordabality doesnt count anymore. COYT is becoming a joke. So next year it will be a very expensive supercar again.

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 09:35

      once again, its a Cayman, Porsches equivalent of the Z4 or the SLK. Hardly a Supercar.

  • Deon Oberholzer - 2014-02-20 07:49

    With this choice, the COTY competition is loosing relevance. What does it mean to the average man in the street that a Cayman S is the Car of the year.... Great, very nice car, now snap out of it and get back to the real world.

  • arthur.salvado - 2014-02-20 07:51

    The people's choice is certainly more indicative of what COTY should read like. Porsche certainly a fantastic motorcar then so is a FERRARI 458

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 09:37

      if we had to choose the car of the year based on what the sheeple buy, we will have a straight shootout between Corolla and Polo every damn year.

      Philip Higgo - 2014-02-21 01:02

      Firstly Henning is correct, but you do raise an interesting point with the FERRARI 458 - as that is also generally regarded by the top authorities (read: EVO, Autocar, CAR UK etc) as the best in it`s class, but even so it is not such a clear cut leader in it`s class (ie against Mclaren MP 4-12C and Porsche GT3 etc.)as what the Cayman S is in it`s class + it does not qualify to make it as one of the finalists (read the rules)

  • Malan Van Der Merwe - 2014-02-20 07:56

    Ever tried to service your Porche? The cost of maintaning it is rediculous and there are only service centres in the major cities. Hell of an inconvenience if you do not live close to one then. Things like this must be taken into account when deciding on a Car of the year I would say.

  • Cammie Cee - 2014-02-20 08:07

    No Doubt, the Cayman is a great car. And yes, this is about rewarding the best car. however, if you think about it. If I live in the UK / US / Germany, and read SACOTY is a Porche, my first thought would not necessarily be of a group of motoring journo's making a decision. I would be more inclined to think that this car appears to be affordable to the SA middle class and that it must sell well. Even worse, our African neighbours might also get the perception that it is truly going well in our land of milk and honey. At the end of the day, the general public, like myself loose interest in COTY, as is the case now. I think they need to revisit their criteria.

      shaun.terbruggen - 2014-02-20 08:35

      Cammie you are 100% spot on. I have never driven this Porsche but based on reviews I've read and seen on TV it is a superb car. However SACOTY has undoubtedly lost its relevance to the average Joe in SA and is now no more than an ego trip for the suits in the higher echelons of the motor industry. It's time to rethink the concept or simply bury it.

      Norbert Skosana - 2014-02-20 09:37

      Cammie and Shaun you are both completely right. SACOTY is not relevent or credible anymore. It is spoilt journalists being fooled by shiny things. We need a rival car of the year organised so they get there act together again.

      Louis Krüger - 2014-02-20 10:27

      So if the golf which came second won, would you all have been happy?

      Norbert Skosana - 2014-02-20 13:32

      Louis not sure I would be happy but at least less suspicios then I am when a fringe manufacturer wins two years in a row

  • Spijo Skhokho - 2014-02-20 08:39

    my car of the year is Vivo or Figo bcos I can afford it

  • Jeanette Gibbs Persson - 2014-02-20 09:06

    I think the car of the year should be judged on the highest selling cars. COTY can get the figures from the dealers and then judge from there. In my opinion it is useless judging cars that most of the population will never be able to afford.

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 09:39

      once again a dof idea. if you want to see that, check the NAAMSA figures, they are published every month. Saying the best car sells the most, is like saying the ANC is the most effective government becos they get the most votes.

      Baloo Rottie - 2014-02-20 09:48

      Not true. Based on volume a Mac burger should be the best. And believe me it is not.

      shaun.terbruggen - 2014-02-20 15:48

      Or that McDonalds and KFC are the most nutritious foods on the planets!!!!!

  • Dustin Bosch - 2014-02-20 09:13

    Is it just me or does it seem like jurnos have a strong afinity towards the VW AND Audi group. Im not interrested in COTY.

  • Baloo Rottie - 2014-02-20 09:46

    HeHe.... According to the poll readers of Wheels 24 don't know dog shyte about cars. It's all about which manufacturer supplies the best booze, whores and free trips; their cars score!

  • Leon Janse van Rensburg - 2014-02-20 10:09

    Quite funny that the Porche came last on the reader's pole. What happened to the days where a simple, affordable fun to drive vehicle which the general public can own won, such as Opel Kadett in 1994/1995? I'm not saying the Porche is a bad car it is a great drive as I have driven one myself but I dont know if cars such as this should compete in an event like this. Price should be a huge factor in a competition such as this. Can a average South African afford the vehicle.

  • Jeanette Gibbs Persson - 2014-02-20 10:13

    @ Henning & Baloo I didn't mean that the car that sells the most must be the best. What I meant was that they should road-test and judge the best car out of say the top 10 selling vehicles.

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 12:37

      :-) I forgive you...but if we only include the 10 highest selling cars, there is no more public recognition fir the hard work and development that engineers put into cars like the Cayman. Maybe the way forward is to have categories, but then again there are many publications that already does that, so why duplicate something that already exists. I think people need to take all this emotion out of COTY and accept it for what it is, a group of people that votes for the best car.

      Phoenixx - 2014-02-20 17:38

      LOL urgh what a terrible idea. Won't be particularly exciting don't you think?

  • Louis Krüger - 2014-02-20 10:30

    @Henning Thanks for saying everything I wanted to say!!!

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 12:38

      OMG! Is this what it feels like to have at least one person agree with me :-)

      Philip Higgo - 2014-02-21 01:07

      Give that man Henning a Bells!

  • Michael Fuchs - 2014-02-20 10:43

    VW owned company’s first three?? and a Clio is better than a Lexus...mmmm.. no wonder no one takes a journalists serious

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 12:40

      So why can't a Clio be rated higher than a Lexus? If they look at just luxury, yes the Lexus is better, if they looked at just fuel economy the Clio will be better. Remember, everything is considered. Did you see TopGears worst car of all time? It was a Lexus...food for thought.

  • Stephen Carlton - 2014-02-20 10:56

    that's great the best car in SA is one no one can afford

  • Ruhan Steynfaardt - 2014-02-20 12:11

    Please, Please, before you comment on price again go read what the COTY is all about. COTY is judged by means of a set of criteria. One of which is price and affordability. Points get awarded for various criteria and the car with the MOST POINTS win the title. This is not the Peoples Choice Awards. Well Done Porsche, two years in a row!!

      Henning Pantke - 2014-02-20 12:41

      give this man a Bells

      Philip Higgo - 2014-02-21 01:34

      Give Henning and Ruhan a Bells! (see my further comment down below)

  • Wayne Jones - 2014-02-20 12:44

    Difficult to understand how such an expensive car wins. And how does SA choose a car that is way of the mark from other international "Car of the Year" awards....

  • Riotous Ramohlale - 2014-02-20 13:23

    ADAC, ADAC and ADAC some more. The enemy will be confused if you ADAC at the same time from all possible angles of approach. Vorsprung durch, sweeteners, lies, damned lies, and statistics. My vote was with the bottom 5.

  • Renier Meintjes - 2014-02-20 15:09

    if you look how the judges (motor journalist) votes it help me to not take them seriously when the review a new car , because they have no clue what makes a car - in its category - a good car - and a car of the year - ja and which car magazines and car TV programs car reviews you can ignore

  • Nathi Olifant - 2014-02-20 21:27

    In all fairness, the winner should have come from among VW Golf, Lexus IS and Volvo V40

  • Philip Higgo - 2014-02-21 01:31

    PLEASE! - read the article `What does the jury do?`(see related links on Wheels 24)and at least try and understand the well-crafted rules and the unbiased thoroughness of the application thereof. Henning and Ruhan are 100% right. Given my article which was published on the front page of Wheels 24 in October last year (just google Porsche controversy` because when I inluded the link it somehow led to the removal of my comment), I say to the judges(who are being slaughtered by the uninformed in the media right now): good for you /great to see that you have balls(sorry ladies)/`give that man a Bells`.. Another petrolhead phoned to say I must write something.. I said I would like to, but, even leaving aside the fact that I don`t like buttons/typing and that I will be crucified for being too crass/blunt/insensitive/not PC....it is compounded by the exasperating fact that readers probably can`t even be bothered to understand my briefest following summary re the 981 Cayman S: 'The power of balance …a beautiful nearly delicate balance.. : it’s the finely engineered balance of power and handling that makes the Cayman such a sensational car…….has the best feel of mechanical components that I have ever driven.. it’s like wearing a backpack ..the weight is immediately behind you and you can feel every little shift and you can easily correct the balance of the car ..a very zen like feeling, the faster you push the more precise it feels….The definition of thought controlled handling…"

  • Philip Higgo - 2014-02-21 01:35

    PLEASE! - read the article `What does the jury do?`(see related links on Wheels 24)and at least try and understand the well-crafted rules and the unbiased thoroughness of the application thereof. Henning and Ruhan are 100% right. Given my article which was published on the front page of Wheels 24 in October last year (just google Porsche controversy` because when I inluded the link it somehow led to the removal of my comment), I say to the judges(who are being slaughtered by the uninformed in the media right now): good for you /great to see that you have balls(sorry ladies)/`give that man a Bells`.. Another petrolhead phoned to say I must write something.. I said I would like to, but, even leaving aside the fact that I don`t like buttons/typing and that I will be crucified for being too crass/blunt/insensitive/not PC....it is compounded by the exasperating fact that readers probably can`t even be bothered to understand my briefest following summary re the 981 Cayman S: 'The power of balance …a beautiful nearly delicate balance.. : it’s the finely engineered balance of power and handling that makes the Cayman such a sensational car…….has the best feel of mechanical components that I have ever driven.. it’s like wearing a backpack ..the weight is immediately behind you and you can feel every little shift and you can easily correct the balance of the car ..a very zen like feeling, the faster you push the more precise it feels….The definition of thought controlled handling…"

  • Philip Higgo - 2014-02-21 01:58

    OH yes,re Janine`s points/evaluation : although I do not agree with everything, it is by and large pretty much on target...

  • arthur.salvado - 2014-02-21 08:25

    Great car this Porsche BUT should not be included in this competition. Throw it amongst cars in that class. I know it's cheaper than a CALIFORNIA but hey, they tend to do the same job. I'm afraid COTY got it wrong in their participant selection. Agreed, the Pirsche is an excellent car but so is a Bentley and a Range Rov ...etc

  • Lindokuhle Amg Dubazana - 2014-02-21 12:10

    VW Golf/Merc a45 are both great cars i would hav voted for one it, if i was one of the journos.

  • Michael Fuchs - 2014-02-24 12:18

    Henning; You are ether one of the journalists or you own a Porsche? I would not take Top gear seriously and people’s choice is more important as we are the ones who are doing the buying

  • Jean Pierre Coetzee - 2014-03-12 17:50

    The Golf really should have won (I don't even have to justify this. World car of the year, Japanese car of the year and European car of the year). The A3 would have to be the runner up considering it is just a reconfigured Golf anyway.

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