Reader: SAGMJ 'out of touch'

2013-03-07 10:53

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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  • Jonathan Tee - 2013-03-07 11:01

    Porsche ZA wishes they could sell 5400 Boxters

  • Matlarumo Motlarumeng Hlapa - 2013-03-07 11:14

    I wonder how much Porsche SA paid for this accolade? Mxm nxa

  • Matt Black - 2013-03-07 11:22

    Mr Dekker, you hit the spot. The Porsche win is all great but bears to link to the actual South African motoring climate. I think the BMW was the best car there, and I'd have said either the BMW or the Kia Rio were the best 2 'realistic' options. (BMW lost points because their test units had 'unrealistic levels of options specified to the them')

  • Quintin Smit - 2013-03-07 11:48

    I actually prefer it this way. The award should go to the BEST CAR that came out that year.... not based on affordability or the state of the country's finances. The award should be based on ALL factors considered, and as far as I know it is. The fact that the Porsche won, even though there are cheaper more economic alternatives out there, just goes to show what an awesome car it is!

      Kkrutch - 2013-03-07 11:54

      Ahh, but it's not the best car out there. The 911 is a better car, everyone including Porsche will tell you that. If it's not about price, why didn't that win, or even get listed as a finalist?

      Kkrutch - 2013-03-07 12:01

      Ahh, but it's not the best car out there. The 911 is a better car, everyone including Porsche will tell you that. If it's not about price, why didn't that win, or even get listed as a finalist?

      Lars Thor - 2013-03-07 13:15

      Quinton, the Ranger and Rio are also " best in the segment " by a long way and the ranger is certainly not cheap. They both deserve this title more than the Porsche because they are ALSO affordable and practical.

  • Richard James Evans - 2013-03-07 12:56

    The Porsche brand is well respected and produces excellent specimens of all round good looking vehicles with competitive performance figures to top, BUT only affordable to a select market. Even the BMWs' are to a market that the majority of SA cannot afford. I think it should be about what you get for your money. The KIA Rio and even the Nissan Juke are the like of what SA journalists should be looking at. I am not the biggest fan of either of these cars based on the look, but the value for money far outweighs any Porsche and the market for these types of low to mid-range vehicles is much broader. This makes one wonder if Anton is right and any serious thought went into this decision... Are our local journalists taking back hands to change their actual opinions?

      Deon Huisamen - 2013-03-08 08:22

      No, you are wrong, Yhe BMW 3 series is number 4 on January's passenger sales list. So it is not so out of reach for the majority of South Africans.

  • Geoffrey Wood - 2013-03-07 18:36

    Drive a Boxster and you will soon know why it won. It is out of this world!!

  • Geoffrey Wood - 2013-03-07 18:39

    If you drive a Porsche Boxster just once you will know why it won. With the mid mounted flat six it is in a league of it's own. Best car in the world. Go and test drive it and you will then understand!!! Simple.

      Kwashic - 2013-03-08 20:39

      yes sir just once... but not a car you would want to live with permanently I am sure. lacks in practicality...carries only as many people as a motorbike can carry but will not go as fast and probably not as much fun. maybe its time they had categories for COTY awards.

  • Renier Meintjes - 2013-03-07 20:19

    agree - what a joke

  • Mark Watt - 2013-03-07 20:32

    If I follow the thinking, the Boxster should have been excluded because of it's distinct lack of mediocrity? Have we become so rooted in the mundane that we're now willing to deny brilliance acknowledgement because it causes us to feel in some way less? I will agree that, for most SA motorists, the Boxster will forever remain out of reach. That should not disqualify it from being COTY any more than natural talent and historical privilege should prevent any Springbok rugby player from being selected to represent the country at the highest level.

  • Philip Higgo - 2013-03-08 01:15

    The complete lack of insight of the author and such a large percentage of commenters as to the relevant criteria is nothing short of amazing - please read the criteria people! And the criteria is, like it or not, correct (otherwise we may as well just give the award to the most popular/cheapest/best seller - or a bakkie (to please those ostensibly using the big open spaces..) or the smallest car (to please the city dwellers)...To be CAR of the year it has to be measured - as to a wide range of aspects - comparative to all competitors in its class. And go and reads the authorative overseas publications - the 981 Boxster is a deserved winner.I really did not think that the SGMJ would have the balls to award it accordingly - hats off to them!

  • Nathi Olifant - 2013-03-08 07:36

    At least the GS350 should have come second. U only need to drive it to realise what I'm talking about.

  • riotousr - 2013-03-08 09:21

    I could not agree more with the author. I was just as surprised and dumbfounded when I heard who the winner was.

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