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Top Gear hosts first-ever Car Awards for South Africa – Here are the winners

Top Gear has announced the winners of its first Award Series in South Africa, handing out a total of 24 accolades spread across multiple categories.

All of the winners, with the exception of the Reader’s Choice Award, were chosen by the Top Gear South Africa team.

Eight of the categories for this year’s show are unique to the local Top Gear, including:

  • PR of the Year
  • Bargain of the Year
  • Fun Car of the Year
  • Instant Icon Award
  • All the Car You Need
  • Driving Academy of the Year
  • Motoring Moment of the Year

The judging process is done throughout the year as the TG adjudicators evaluate each car with their own review processes.

The finalists are then selected before another round of evaluation, which determines the winners of each category based on various aspects including performance, ownership, quality, design, and innovation.

“Our Awards are simply about context and experience. We need to have driven the cars in order to evaluate them and that is how they are eligible for nomination,” said Avon Middleton, publishing partner at Top Gear South Africa.

The winners of the industry-related categories are as follows:

  • Fleet Manager of the Year – John Mulder
  • Manufacturer of the Year – Ford South Africa
  • Motoring Personality of the Year – Leyton Fourie
  • Driving Academy of the Year – AMG Driving Academy
  • Motoring Moment of the Year – Ford’s 100 years in South Africa
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – Athol Van Heerden, VW South Africa
  • PR of the Year – Christo Kruger: Porsche, Lamborghini, and Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit

When asked which award winner stood out the most, the publication said that it was very interesting that all of the finalists in the Reader’s Choice category were from Chinese brands.

“This is a great insight as it shows South Africa’s appetite for cheaper alternatives that still tick the boxes of convenience, safety, and style,” said Lerato Matabese, publishing editor at Top Gear South Africa.

The winners

These are all of the cars that won an award at the 2023 Top Gear Awards in South Africa.

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1. Hot Hatch of the Year – Honda Civic Type R


2. Family SUV of the Year – Kia Sportage


3. Hatch of the Year – VW Polo


4. Reader’s Choice Award – BAIC Beijing X55


5. Supercar of the Year – Porsche 911 GT3 RS


6. Luxury Car of the Year – Range Rover


7. Performance Car of the Year – Honda Civic Type R


8. Urban Crossover of the Year – BMW X1


9. Bakkie of the Year – Ford Ranger Raptor


10. MPV of the Year – Kia Carnival


11. Efficiency Award – Renault Duster


12. Bargain of the Year – GWM Ora


13. Electric Vehicle of the Year – BMW iX3


14. Fun Car of the Year – Toyota GR86


15. Instant Icon Award – Porsche 911 Dakar


16. Noise of the Year – Alfa Romeo Stelvio


17. All the Car You Need – Audi RS6 Avant


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