ROAD-TEST VEHICLE PRICES
Having inspected CAR Guide throughout 2018 and evaluated it in terms of the number of vehicle derivatives shown as tested by CAR in relation to the tested vehicles’ prices, I found these results quite illuminating: I, unfortunately, don’t have access to suf ciently detailed sales stats to compare with the above, but there is clearly a strong bias towards expensive vehicles. Just compare the 17,2% of vehicles tested by CAR costing less than R300 000 with the 39,4% costing between R500 001 and R1 million, and the staggering 20,8% of vehicles tested costing in excess of a million.
CAR has always been a useful reference for the person in the street when it comes to deciding your next car and the road tests play an extremely important role in this regard.
I must accept it’s because it’s more fun testing an expensive vehicle than a humble set of wheels but surely the balance is skewed?
This letter is sent with the very best intentions by a longstanding and avid reader of CAR.
ROB BOYD Via email
[Interesting research, Rob. While we aim to test a representative spread of vehicles, we’re often guided by what’s being launched into the new-car market. The reason the bulk of vehicles we test cost between R500 001 and R1 million is simply because that’s where the most activity is, most notably by the German manufacturers that introduce more new vehicles than other brands – editor.]