The Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 LS has been voted as one of the eight finalists in the South Africa Guild of Motoring Journalists’ 2010 Car of the Year (COTY) competition, sponsored by WesBank.

Over 130 members of SAGMJ voted from 131 new vehicles (derivatives) launched between November 1, 2008 and October 31, 2009. This list of new models was made up by 35 different manufacturers.

At the event to announce the COTY finalists this morning, Malcolm Gauld – GMSA Vice President Sales & Marketing advised :-

“The all-new Chevrolet Cruze is changing minds about what a sedan in this segment has to offer. With fresh new Chevrolet styling, a full suite of safety features, and impressive value, the Cruze is making a strong impression on South African motorists”

Brian Olson – GMSA General Manager Marketing added ;-

“Chevrolet has always stood for value, and the Chevrolet Cruze delivers on that promise like never before. Moving the benchmark a notch higher, the new Chevrolet Cruze redefines the value proposition with its class leading quality, superior design and spacious styling, both inside and out. Chevrolet’s outstanding value does not mean a compromise in features and the Chevrolet Cruze offers much higher specification levels than expected in this segment”

“We’ve managed to introduce a vehicle that suits most people’s motoring needs and there is certainly a Cruze in the range for everyone. Being a finalist in the prestigious Wesbank/SAGMJ car of the year competition, is just another reason why all South Africans buyers in the market today, really need to take a closer look at the all new Chevrolet Cruze” concluded Des Fenner, GMSA – Product Communications Manager.

The full list of this years finalists are as follows :-

  • Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 LS
  • Alfa Romeo MiTo 1.4i Turbo Petrol
  • Audi Q5 2.0 T S tronic
  • Hyundai i20 1.6 GLS
  • Suzuki Alto 1.0 Litre GLS
  • Toyota Prius 1.8 ECVT Advanced
  • Volkswagen Golf VI 1.4 TSI 90 kW Comfortline
  • Volvo XC60 3.0T Geartronic

Chevrolet CRUZE recommended retail selling prices:

  • CHEVROLET CRUZE 1.6 L            R 174,192.00
  • CHEVROLET CRUZE 1.6 LS                R 186,126.00
  • CHEVROLET CRUZE 1.8 LS           R 204,133.00
  • CHEVROLET CRUZE 1.8 LT A/T        R 244,440.00
  • The prices indicated are inclusive of VAT