The women of South Africa have voted and Women on Wheels (WOW) is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 WOW Women’s Car of the Year Awards (#WOWCOTY) the only car awards in South Africa decided by women. Thousands of votes were cast by WOW readers and combined with the judges’ votes the winning cars in 11 categories have been decided (plus the Overall car of the Year winner).
Together with the reader vote, the judging panel for this year’s awards sees Charleen Clarke and Juliet McGuire joined by Liana Reiners, editor of Autolive; Vuyi Jabavu, managing director of Driving in Heels; Sukasha Singh, motoring editor at Mail & Guardian; Lindsay Vine of DStv motoring channel Ignition (189); member of the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists since 1987, Peta Lee; and Wheels24 content producer Janine-Lee Gordon. Due to an error on our behalf, motoring feature contributor for Forbes Woman Africa and motoring specialist for SABC radio station, Mabuyane Kekana, was unable to vote, however, we are so happy to include former CAR motoring journalist, Kelly Lodewyks, who has stepped in as a guest judge to make up the lost vote.
The winning cars in each category are:
• Budget Buys: Volkswagen up!
• Hatchbacks: Opel Adam
• Sedans: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
• MPVs: Opel Mokka
• Green Cars: BMW i8
• Crossover/compact SUV: Land Rover Discovery Sport
• Large SUVs: Volvo XC90
• Convertible: BMW 2 Series convertible
•Road Racer: Porsche 911 GT3 RS
• Super cars: McLaren 650S Coupe
• Tick Tock (what we can’t wait to drive): Ford Mustang
• OVERALL CAR OF THE YEAR: Volvo XC90