The New World Wealth has released its 2018 Car Maintenance Index, putting the spotlight on the most reliable cars in South Africa.
- Opel is the only German brand in the Top 5, with the balance being Japanese.
The Johannesburg-based global market research group reviewed the best car brands to own in South Africa, based on the affordability of maintaining these vehicles over the long-term.
The advisory group said it considered over 30 car brands for this study. "We included all major car brands available in SA," it said, using the following criteria:
- Availability and affordability of spare parts for vehicle.
- Affordability of services after motor plan has ended.
- Reliability of car after motor plan has ended (Special focus on number of major engine and gearbox problems that vehicle experiences over time).
- Ability of dealerships to handle large repair jobs and affordability of such repairs.
- Affordability of insurance premiums, relative to price of vehicle.
The study was conducted through interviews with independent second-hand car dealers, independent auto mechanics and roadworthy vehicle inspection providers.
The New World Wealth specialises in ratings, surveys, country reports and wealth statistics and as part of this study, also rated the top car insurers for 2018.
And the Consumers Agree
The semi-finalists for the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - powered by WesBank, have been announced and the Opel Crossland X 1.2T Cosmo A/T is in the semi-finals!
The Opel Crossland X has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Compact Family (R300 000 - R400 000) category. With household budgets stretched to breaking point, the reasonably affordable contemporary family car has to wear many hats - from compact traffic-dodger, to school-run taxi and even weekend getaway machine. Practicality and spaciousness are important considerations, but so are safety, technology, fuel efficiency and a modicum of lifestyle flexibility. The Opel Crossland X ticks these boxes and then some! With class-leading safety features and technology, there is very little that rivals the Opel Crossland X in terms of value for money.
The Crossland X is no stranger to the podium. Earlier this year Euro NCAP announced its "Best in Class of 2017" and the Opel Crossland X joined this exclusive retinue by emerging as the winner of its category. In the safety ratings published last November, Euro NCAP awarded the Opel Crossland Xthe maximum five stars, based on good assessments in the four safety areas: adult occupant protection, child occupant protection, pedestrian protection and safety assist. The Crossland X performed especially well in the side barrier tests, where it scored maximum points for both adult and child occupant protection.
In addition to the safety equipment fitted as standard, such as Lane Departure Warning, the Opel Crossland X also offers optional innovations for even higher driving safety: Forward Collision Alert with pedestrian detection and Automatic Emergency Braking, Driver Drowsiness Detection, high-tech full LED headlights, 180-degree Panoramic Rear View Camera and Side Blind Spot Alert are just some examples.
Crisp and compact on the outside and especially spacious and versatile on the inside, with trendy two-tone paintwork and cool SUV looks, the Opel Crossland X has already convinced more than 80,000 customers since sales began in Europe in 2017.
In the 1st round of the #CarsAwards, the Cars.co.za extended editorial team selected the 5 best cars in each of the 13 categories devised for this year's programme. Careful attention was paid to the respective categories' "Filters of Eligibility" and the "Pillars of Success" in order to come to a consensus on the identities of the semi-finalists. All vehicles available on the South African market on September 1, 2018 were eligible not only new products that were launched in the past 12 months.
The debate and agreement by consensus is a core pillar of our programme," says Cars.co.za Consumer Experience Manager, Hannes Oosthuizen. "We debate each eligible vehicle within the context of its category, and will not move on until the entire team is in agreement. This means that the selection process encompasses far deeper interrogation (and more exhaustive investigation) than is typical in a 'secret vote' setup."
In the next round, due to take place early in October 2018, the same jury will score each vehicle individually, taking into account the various criteria set out for each of the respective categories. The top 3 finalists per category will then be announced next month, and be put through back-to-back testing at Gerotek in Gauteng early in November 2018, by the entire Cars.co.za Consumer Awards - Powered by WesBankjury.
Opel wishes all other participants the best of luck!
OPEL is one of the oldest car brands operating in Southern Africa, and the brand has built a solid reputation over the 80+ years that OPEL has been in the country. The South African Motoring Guild voted the new OPEL ASTRA as the South African 'Car of the Year for 2017' after the new ASTRA was awarded 'Car of the Year' in 12 European countries, as well as 'Overall European Car of the Year'. OPEL won the prestigious 'Car of the
Year' award in South Africa on few previous occasions as well - in 1991 (OPEL Monza), in 1994 (OPEL Kadett) and in 1995 (OPEL Astra). OPEL cars are known for offering luxury level specifications that packs stamps a German engineered punch high above their price category.