2022 South African Car Of The Year semi-finalists announced

The South African Guild of Mobility Journalists’ prestigious Car of the Year (COTY) competition is the oldest car competition in the country, with its inaugural event taking place in 1986. Over the years, the COTY competition has evolved based on changes in the automotive industry.

“The impact of COVID-19 on the automotive industry has also seen changes in car launches and the allocation of fleet vehicles over the last year, necessitating modifications to the 2022 COTY competition,” says Graham Eagle, Chairman of the 2022 COTY committee.

This year has also seen the increased importance of online scoring by Guild members. As in 2021, this year will also not see a physical event where winners will be announced; the winners will be announced on the Guild’s digital platforms.

Today, the SAGMJ’s COTY committee has announced the semi-finalists for the 2022 SA Car of the Year competition. The 39 semi-finalists represent ten categories launched between 31 March and 31 December 2021. Four contenders tied with identical scores in the final 35th semi-finalist position and were all included. A total of 65 new vehicles launched in South Africa during this period were considered for this year’s COTY competition.

For the first time in the competition’s history, the decision was made that vehicles launched with both regular and new energy derivatives would be entered into both their relevant vehicle category and the New Energy Category. Vehicle ranges that only launched a new energy derivative were also included in the ever-growing New Energy Category.

The recently announced 25 juror and trainee juror teams will vote for the 2022 COTY competition finalists in ten categories. The categories are: Budget, Compact, Compact Family, Midsize, Premium, Luxury, Performance, New Energy, Adventure SUV and 4X4 Double Cab.

Honda Fit Compact
Hyundai i20 Compact
Kia Sonet Compact
Nissan Magnite Compact
Peugeot 208 Compact
Toyota Urban Cruiser Compact
Chery Tiggo 4 Pro Compact Family
Haval Jolion Compact Family
Hyundai Kona Compact Family
Toyota Corolla Cross Compact Family
Audi A3 Midsize
Haval H6 Midsize
Hyundai Palisade Midsize
Hyundai Santa Fe Midsize
Hyundai Staria Midsize
Mercedes-Benz C-Class Midsize
Subaru Outback Midsize
Mercedes-AMG GLE 53 Luxury
Audi RS 6 Performance
Audi RS Q3 Performance
Audi RS Q8 Performance
BMW 128ti Performance
BMW M3 Competition Performance
BMW M4 Competition Performance
Porsche 911 Carrera GTS Performance
Toyota GR Yaris Performance
Volkswagen Golf GTI Performance
Honda Fit Hybrid New Energy
Jaguar E-Pace New Energy
Lexus IS New Energy
Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid New Energy
Toyota Corolla Hybrid New Energy
Toyota RAV4 Hybrid New Energy
Isuzu MU-X Adventure SUV
Land Rover Defender V8 Adventure SUV
Land Rover Discovery Adventure SUV
Toyota Land Cruiser 300 Adventure SUV
Nissan Navara 4X4 Double Cab
Peugeot Landtrek 4X4 Double Cab

Toyota dominates with seven semi-finalists competing in five categories, but there is also strong representation by Audi and Hyundai. Surprisingly, the Performance Category has nine contenders, the most in many years. This year there are no contenders in the Budget category.

Shortly the jurors will narrow the field of semi-finalists to worthy finalists. They are given eight weeks to assess vehicles, after which the final scoring will commence, determining the 2022 SA Car of the Year.

“The overall 2020 SA Car of the Year winner remains the most coveted of all automotive competition titles in South Africa and enjoys international recognition,” concludes Eagle.