P-word again causes uproar at Car of Year
THE Porsche Panamera has been crowned as the 2018 SA Car of the Year (Coty) and once again the P-word is causing an uproar among gear heads and other car enthusiasts.
The main gripe petrol heads have with the 2018 Coty is affordability. The Panamera starts selling at R1 361 000.
The second gripe is that this is the fourth Porsche to win the coveted title in six years.
The South African Guild of Motoring Journalist (SAGMJ) reminded that the Car of the Year award is driven primarily by how much a specific model deploys available technology and innovates new technology.
A jury comprising 26 of SA’s most experienced car writers all voted for three models, and two thirds included the Panamera in their three finalists in this year’s adjudication. For example, Janine van der Post at Wheels24, one of the jury members, voted as her top three selections: the Kia Picanto, Suzuki Ignis and Porsche Panamera.
SAGMJ chairman Bernard Hellberg Jr said 2018 was a particularly difficult year for the jury because of the remarkably high standard of the finalists.
“The 2018 Coty finalists presented a massive challenge for us, and none of the 26 jurors could confidently predict the outcome after the evaluation days that were held at the end of January.”
Other frequent winners
BMW has won the SA Car Of The Year title a record six times (1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2011).
Audi and Volkswagen have both won the SA Car Of The Year title three times, with Honda, Renault, Toyota and Volvo taking the crown twice.
Alfa Romeo, Ford, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, and Nissan have won the title once each.
Opel is the only manufacturer which has won the SA Car Of The Year title for two consecutive years, and has ultimately won the competition four times.
Porsche is the only manufacturer to win the title for three consecutive years, and has won the competition four times.
All the SA Coty winners:
1986 Toyota Corolla Twin Cam 1987 Mercedes-Benz 260E 1988 BMW 735i 1989 Toyota Corolla GLi Executive 1990 BMW 525i 1991 Opel Monza 160 GSi 1992 Nissan Maxima 300 SE 1993 BMW 316i 1994 Opel Kadett 140 1995 Opel Astra 160iS 1996 Audi A4 1.8 1997 BMW 528i 1998 Ford Fiesta Fun 1999 Alfa Romeo 156 T-Spark 2000 Renault Clio 1.4 RT 2001 BMW 320d 2002 Audi A4 1.9 TDI 2003 Volkswagen Polo TDI 2004 Renault Mégane 1.9 dCi 2005 Volvo S40 2.4i 2006 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0T 2007 Honda Civic 1.8 VXi Sedan 2008 Mazda2 1.5 Individual 2009 Honda Accord 2.4 Executive 2010 Volkswagen Golf 6 1.4 TSI 2011 BMW 530d and Volkswagen Polo 1.6 TDI 2012 Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS Executive 2013 Porsche Boxster 2014 Porsche Cayman S 2015 Porsche Macan Diesel S 2016 Volvo XC90 2017 Opel Astra 2018 Porsche Panamera
The Panamera is the fourth Porsche to win a Car of the Year award in SA since 2013.