Johannesburg Motor Show – WESbank and SAGMJ Car of the Year 2014


2014 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalists announced

Johannesburg International Motor Show, NASREC Exhibition Centre. The 2014 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year finalists were announced this afternoon during an exciting reveal event hosted by WesBank, the competition’s headline sponsor, and the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) at the Johannesburg International Motor Show. The announcement of the 2014 Car of the Year finalists follows a vote cast by a 30-member jury, elected by their peers, on the 40 Semi-finalists.

Johannesburg Motor Show

The nine finalists for the 2014 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition, South Africa’s premier motoring event, are (in alphabetical order):

  • 2013 Audi A3 Sportback 1.4T FSI Manual
  • 2013 Jaguar F-TYPE 3.0 V6 S
  • 2013 Lexus IS 350 F-Sport
  • 2013 Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG
  • 2013 Peugeot 208 GTI
  • 2013 Porsche Cayman S
  • 2013 Renault Clio4 66kW Turbo Dynamique
  • 2013 Volkswagen Golf 7 1.4 TSI 90kW Comfortline DSG
  • 2013 Volvo V40 D3 Geartronic Excel

Car of the Year Finalists Images

Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist: Lexus IS 350 F-Sport

Audi A3 Sportback 1.4T FSI Manual


Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist: Audi A3 Sportback 1.4T FSI Manual


Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist: Porsche Cayman S


Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist: Volvo V40 D3 Geartronic Excel


Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist: Renault Clio4 66kW Turbo Dynamique


Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist: Jaguar F-TYPE 3.0 V6 S


Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist: Mercedes-Benz A 45 AMG

Peugeot 208 GTI

Wesbank SAGMJ Car of the Year Finalist: Peugeot 208 GTI

The next step in the process is a stringent two-day evaluation session to be held in Gauteng in January 2014. Of this evaluation, testing procedures at the world-renowned Gerotek test facility near Pretoria remains a critical aspect and allows the Jury members to assess the cars independently under the conditions individual vehicles would be expected to perform under, with routes and modules designed to test the vehicles in a similar way the average consumer would use them.

The evaluation days offer the Jury the opportunity to reacquaint themselves with the vehicles and specific aspects such as aesthetics, build quality, ergonomics, fuel consumption, environmental friendliness, safety features and value for money, to name but a few. The Jury will also have access to independent performance test data, comparative pricing and specification data from RGT Smart as well as comparative parts pricing data, compiled by Malcolm Kinsey.

While all of the models are deemed to represent examples of outstanding automotive engineering, there can be only one winner and, in the eyes of the COTY Jury, that model will epitomise all-round automotive excellence – the sole criterion for Car of the Year. The winner of the 2014 WesBank / SAGMJ Car the Year will be revealed at a gala banquet in February 2013.

Issued on behalf of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists and WesBank


For your convenience, a selection of images from the finalist announcement event will be available through the SAGMJ website as well as Quickpic as of Monday, 21 October 2013.

Follow the action on Facebook by liking the WesBank Car of the Year page, or on Twitter by following @wesbankcoty. You can also read more about the competition and its finalists by visiting

More about the competition

South Africa’s Car of the Year competition – sponsored for the past 29 years by wheels bank, WesBank, with additional support from Hollard Insurance and MOTUL – is unique in the world in that it is determined by three rounds of voting. The first round of voting is open to all full members of the SAGMJ and yields the semi-finalists, where after a second round of voting, open to only the jury, determines the finalists. The jury in itself is compiled of a panel of leading motoring journalists, elected to the panel by their peers. Following the two-day evaluation sessions at Gerotek, a final allocation of points by the jury is tallied and audited before an overall winner is announced.

About the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists

The SA Guild of Motoring Journalists was founded in 1962 with the aim of constantly achieving the highest possible standards of motoring journalism, of enhancing and protecting the integrity of the profession and to encourage greater general awareness of the significance of motoring, road safety, motorsport, and the motor industry. Additionally, the SAGMJ recognizes (with appropriate awards) examples of excellence and noteworthy achievements in motoring, especially those which further the aims of the Guild, while actively seeking improved efficiencies for working motoring journalists and establishing links with fellow motoring journalists and like organisations around the world.

About WesBank

With over 40 years of experience, WesBank has become the leader in asset-based finance solutions in South Africa. The company is focused on providing quality asset finance and fleet management solutions for a number of market sectors. WesBank’s asset finance portfolio includes Aviation, Agriculture, Commercial and Company Vehicles, Plant and Office Equipment, Public Sector and Franchise finance solutions. WesBank is a division of FirstRand Bank Limited, which in turn, is part of the FirstRand Group. FirstRand is South Africa’s most innovative Bank Assurance Group with interests in Retail and Merchant Banking, Life Assurance, Financial Planning and Medical Schemes.

About Hollard Insurance

The Hollard Insurance Group (comprising the Hollard Insurance Company and Hollard Life Assurance Company) is South Africa’s largest privately owned insurance group, established in 1980, with its roots going way back into the late 1950s and early 1960s. It was then that an insurance broker, Robert Enthoven, realised that insurance companies were not adequately meeting the needs of their corporate customers. He had an idea to start an insurance company that formed deep and long-term partnerships with corporate customers in a way that allowed them to share in the fruits of improved risk management. Since the early days, Hollard has gone from strength to strength, but we’ve never forgotten our roots – long term, genuine and mutually beneficial partnerships form the core of everything that we do as an insurance group today.


Motul is a world-class French company specialising in the formulation, production and distribution of high-tech engine lubricants (for two-wheelers, cars and other vehicles) as well as lubricants for industry via its MotulTech activity. Recognised for more than 150 years for the quality of its products, innovation capacity and involvement in the field of competition, Motul is also recognised as the specialist in synthetic lubricants. As early as 1971, Motul was the first lubricant manufacturer to pioneer the formulation of a 100% synthetic lubricant for automotive engines, the 300V lubricant, making use of Esters technology from the aeronautical industry. Over the years, Motul has gained experience as an official supplier to many racing teams and manufacturers and contributes, with them, to further technological development in motor sports.

Interesting Facts:

  • BMW has won the SA Car of the Year title a record six times (1988, 1990, 1993, 1997, 2001 and 2011).
  • Audi, Opel and Volkswagen have all won the SA Car of the Year title three times each, with Honda, Renault and Toyota taking the crown twice.
  • Alfa Romeo, Ford, Hyundai, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Volvo has won the title once each.
  • 2013 was the first year in which Porsche took part in the competition – and won. The Boxster was also the first sports car and the first convertible to win the coveted title.

Previous winners of the WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year competition:


1986 Toyota Corolla Twin Cam 2001 BMW 320d
1987 Mercedes-Benz 260E 2002 Audi A4 1.9 TDI
1988 BMW 735i 2003 Volkswagen Polo TDI
1989 Toyota Corolla GLi Executive 2004 Renault Mégane 1.9 dCi
1990 BMW 525i 2005 Volvo S40 2.4i
1991 Opel Monza 160 GSi 2006 Audi A3 Sportback 2.0T
1992 Nissan Maxima 300 SE 2007 Honda Civic 1.8 VXi Sedan
1993 BMW 316i 2008 Mazda2 1.5 Individual
1994 Opel Kadett 140 2009 Honda Accord 2.4 Executive
1995 Opel Astra 160iS 2010 Volkswagen Golf 6 1.4 TSI
1996 Audi A4 1.8 2011 BMW 530d and
1997 BMW 528i Volkswagen Polo 1.6 TDI
1998 Ford Fiesta Fun 2012 Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS Executive
1999 Alfa Romeo 156 T-Spark 2013 Porsche Boxster
2000 Renault Clio 1.4 RT 2014 ?