By Nomali Cele
The 2019 Cars Awards, the fourth since their inception, were once again brought to you by Cars South Africa. Held at the fitting and spectacular, Kyalami Grand Prix Race Track and International Convention Centre, the 2019 Cars Awards reiterated that when it comes to motoring, the opinions that matter are those of the consumers.
Survey respondents, which were made up of current consumers using the different car models and brands, contributed 50% to the results of the awards. The other 50% came from scores given by a panel of judges who were given the privilege of taking each category’s finalists through its paces on the road over a two-day period.
The biggest winner of the night at the 2019 Cars Awards was, undoubtedly, Volkswagen. They took away four awards total in the following categories:
Business Class: VW Arteon 2.0TSI 4Motion R-Line
Leisure Double Cab Bakkie: Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Highline Plus
Family Car: Volkswagen Tiguan Allspace 1.4 TSI Trendline
Compact Hatchback: Volkswagen Polo 1.0TSI Comfortline Auto
Mercedes Benz, who sent a small team of representatives were also among the big winners of the night taking two accolades in the Executive Sedan (for the Mercedes-Benz E220d Avantgarde) and Premium Compact (for the Mercedes-Benz A200 AMG Line) categories.
Toyota walked away with the biggest honour at the 2019 Cars Awards when they won Brand of the year.
Other winners at the 2019 Cars Awards
Suzuki won the award for Best Budget Car for the Suzuki Swift 1.2 GL, which we got to test last year. Range Rover won the Premium SUV award for the Range Rover Velar. The Nissan Qashqai 1.2 Acenta Auto won for the Compact Family Car. The Volvo XC60D5R-Design won the award for the Executive SUV. Lastly, the Honda Civic Type R won the Hot Hatch award and Toyota won the Adventure SUV award with the Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto
The Performance category didn’t have enough of a survey sample and ended up without a winner. The top three finalists in the category were Audi for the TT RS, BMW for the M2 Competition and Porsche for the 718 Cayman S Automatic.
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