The thirteen winners of the 2020/21 Cars.co.za consumer awards have been announced. The awards ceremony was broadcast live on DStv on Monday, February 15.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the #CarsAwards 2021 planned event could not be hosted live without putting everyone at risk.
#CarAwards was created to be one of SA’s conclusive automotive rewards programme with a list of vehicles recognised to help car buyers make the most informed purchasing decisions, according to Car.co.za
Each vehicle was evaluated by the judging panel who compared it to their rival models in a range of categories with its own requirements – 50% of the final score focused on after-sales for specific brands.
Here are the highlights:
Toyota won the #CarAwards Brand of the Year title for the third time and became the top winner of the programme’s trophy in large numbers, previously it was tied with Suzuki with two big titles.
Toyota won five of the thirteen categories of the 2020/21 programmes, followed by Volkswagen which won three.
Suzuki’s Swift model won the Entry Level Car category for a third time, while the Polo 1.0 TSI Comfrotline also won for the third year in a row.
Land Rover/Range Rover won the Premium SUV category with its new Defender and finished third in the Brand of the Year category.
In the final round, eighteen brands were represented. Toyota and Suzuki were represented five times, Volkswagen four times, while BMW and Volvo both had three.
Here are the category winners:
Budget Car – Toyota Starlet 1.4 XR
Compact Hatch – Volkswagen Polo 1.0 TSI Comfortline Auto
Compact Family Car – Volkswagen T-Cross 1.5 TSI 110kW R-Line
Entry Level Car – Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL
Family Car – Toyota RAV4 2.0 AWD GX-R
Adventure SUV – Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 VX Auto
Premium SUV – Land Rover Defender D240 HSE
Executive SUV – Volvo XC60 D5 R-Design
Crossover – Toyota C-HR 1.2T Luxury
Premium Crossover – Volvo XC40 T5 AWD R-Design
Hot hatch – Volkswagen Golf GTI TCR
Leisure Double Cab – Toyota Hilux 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Legend Auto
Sports Executive – BMW 330is Edition
How to watch the show
The Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank television programme takes viewers, on journeys with car owners that show a short series of how their cars contributed to their everyday lifestyle as well as how much value it added.
The programme will be repeated on DStv’s 1Magic channel 103 at 21:30 on February 20 and 15:30 and 22:30 on February 23 and 25.
Further repeats will be held on the Motorsport HD channel 215, times are yet to be confirmed.
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