The Opel Astra has won the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists 2017 WesBank South African Car of the Year (Coty) competition.
The winner follows a vote cast by a 28-member jury, elected by their peers, of an original list of 35 eligible vehicle ranges.
The finalists for South Africa’s premier motoring event, were (in alphabetical order):
- Audi A4 Sedan
- Honda Civic
- Hyundai Tucson
- Jaguar F-Pace
- Opel Astra
- Renault Kadjar
- Toyota Fortuner
- Volkswagen Passat
- Volkswagen Tiguan
The result follows two days of stringent evaluations at the beginning of last month.
At these evaluation days – the most critical of which was the scheduled procedures at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit – the Coty jury assessed the vehicles independently, with routes and modules designed to test them in a similar way in which the average consumer or driver would use them.