Porsche Panamera crowned 2018 SA Car of the Year

Midrand - The South African Guild of Motoring Journalists has revealed the 2018 WesBank SA Car of the Year at a gala event in Gauteng on Tuesday (March 13).

The Porsche Panamera has won the coveted title in 2018; among the top three finalists, the Volvo S90 grabbed second place while the Alfa Romeo Giulia was third.

Porsche's victory brings the automaker's SA Car of the Year tally to four wins; Panamera (2018), Macan S (2015), Cayman S (2014) and Boxster (2013).

Finalists participating in the 2018 SA Car of the Year competition were put through their paces during a stringent two-day test programme in Gauteng earlier this year. 


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The two test days marked the final round of the competition before the 26-member jury locked in their votes for this year's winner. The top cars follow a vote cast by the Jury, from an original list of 35 eligible vehicles. 

We've included a list of previous SA Car of the Year winners at the end of this article.


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Readers choose their winner

Earlier this week, we revealed the top 3 finalists, as voted by you, with the Audi Q5, Alfa Romeo Guilia and BMW 5 Series securing podium spots. Our annual readers poll garnered 17 494 votes.

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South African Car of the Year: Previous winners
2018 Porsche Panamera
2017 Opel Astra
2016 Volvo XC90
2015 Porsche Macan S Diesel
2014 Porsche Cayman S
2013 Porsche Boxster
2012 Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS
2011 VW Polo 1.6 TDI and BMW 530d
2010 VW Golf 6 1.4 TSI Comfortline
2009 Honda Accord 2.4i Executive
2008 Mazda 2 Individual
2007 Honda Civic 1.8 VXi
2006 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0T FSI
2005 Volvo S40
2004 Renault Mégane 1.9 dCi
2003 VW Polo 1.4 TDI
2002 Audi A4 1.9 TDI
2001 BMW 320d
2000 Renault Clio 1.4 RT
1999 Alfa Romeo 156 T-Spark
1998 Ford Fiesta Fun
1997 BMW 528i
1996 Audi A4 1.8
1995 Opel Astra 160iS
1994 Opel Kadett 140
1993 BMW 316i
1992 Nissan Maxima 300 SE
1991 Opel Monza 160 GSi
1990 BMW 525i
1989 Toyota Corolla GLi Executive
1988 BMW 735
1987 Mercedes-Benz 260
1986 Toyota Corolla Twin Cam

Most wins by manufacturer

6 BMW 1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001, 2011
4 Opel 1991, 1994, 1995, 2017
3 Audi 1996, 2002, 2006
3 Volkswagen 2003, 2010, 2011
4 Porsche 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018
2 Honda 2007, 2009
2 Renault 2000, 2004
2 Toyota 1986, 1989
2 Volvo 2005, 2016
1 Alfa Romeo 1999
1 Ford 1998
1 Hyundai 2012
1 Mazda 2008
1 Mercedes-Benz 1987
1 Nissan 1992