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The 2021 South African Car of the Year (COTY) is the Peugeot 2008.

This was announced by the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists (SAGMJ), which oversaw the awards.

The Toyota Hilux double cab took second place overall, followed by the BMW 4 Series in third.

“The COTY scoring process is so much more than just juror scoring,” said SAGMJ.

“Once our expert panel concluded scoring, the automated scoring factors that cover sales performance, segment share and value for money are applied.”

“The automated scoring information was provided by Lightstone Auto, which provides data-driven insight, online market intelligence, and new vehicle sales data to the South African automotive industry.”

“Our Jurors Excellence Award uses raw scoring to reveal which vehicle received the highest scores before automated factors were included,” it said.

Award Winners

In addition to the top three best overall vehicles, the 2021 South African Car of the Year awards includes several category winners.

All the category winners are listed below.

  • Budget Category – Toyota Starlet
  • Compact Category – Hyundai Venue
  • Compact Family Category – Peugeot 2008 SUV
  • Family Category – Audi A4
  • Premium Category – BMW 4 Series
  • Adventure Category – Toyota Land Cruiser Prado
  • Double Cab Category – Toyota Hilux Double Cab
  • Performance Category – Porsche 911 Turbo S
  • New Energy Category – Porsche Taycan
  • Motor Enthusiast’s Choice – Mercedes-Benz E-Class
  • Jurors Excellence Award – Peugeot 2008 SUV

“To ensure that we are continuously developing our systems and stay relevant, there was a concerted effort by the SAGMJ to meet with OEMs and ensure that we were cognisant of their input on various matters relating to COTY,” said the SAGMJ.

“The COTY Committee also paid close attention to worldwide competition trends and took advice from experts in the field. The result is that COTY created more categories and will also be making provision for the new mobility enhanced vehicles we will see more of in the future.”

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