South Africa People Wheels Awards 2013

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Keith Watson

Keith WatsonPEOPLE’S WHEELS AWARDS 2013: THE CONTENDERS

Will affordability or emotion decide the 2012 People’s Wheels Award winner?

Thousands of South Africans have cast their votes for their vehicle of the year. Ordinary drivers and members of the public make up the ‘judge’s panel’ for the 2012 People’s Wheels Award, and they will be waiting with bated breath to see the outcome of their voting.

Keith Watson, Head of Sales for Vehicle and Asset Finance at Standard Bank South Africa, the award sponsor, says thatthe unique feature of the awards is that it allows motorists to select category winners based on criteria that they believe are most important in their daily driving experience.

“In theory, choosing a People’s Wheels Awards winner could be a matter of examining sales trends, seeing which make and model outsold others, and then placing the crown on its bonnet,” Mr Watson says. “With these awards however, the process of judging is handed over to South African motorists, making the outcome more interesting and more unpredictable.”

He says that drivers tend to build relationships with their cars. Cars are bought for a range of reasons, with affordability usually the top of the list. Over time, drivers can come to love or hate the car they drive. “We can expect that the votes will be influenced by how the voter feels about their vehicle at the time,” says Mr Watson.

“Then, of course, there are the voters who would really like to drive something sexier and flashier - the vehicle they think truly epitomises who theyreally are. So, instead of voting for the model of vehicle that they drive, they vote with their hearts – casting their vote for the car they aspire to drive. That is what makes the process leading up to an event like this so interesting.

“The judges are people who love cars, who are interested in developments within the automotive world and, in some ways, are just as knowledgeable about their vehicles as motoring experts. The difference lies in the emotion and attachment they have to their rides.”

He says that South Africans, with their passion for cars, will undoubtedly make this event their own. “While it is underpinned by independent research and is one of the most extensive surveys undertaken in the country, the event truly belongs to the people.

“How they perceive motoring excellence, from factors like value for money, to brand names, specific models, specifications and overall appeal, will ultimately be the deciding factor.”

“The People’s Wheels Awards will give valuable insights into what motorists like, what they don’t like, and most importantly what they want,” concludes Mr Watson.

CATEGORY 1: BUDGET BUYS – AFFORDABILITY FIRST

CATEGORY 2: URBAN COMMUTERS – COST-CONSCIOUS RUNABOUTS

CATEGORY 3: MOVERS & SHAKERS – COMPACT HATCHES/SEDANS

CATEGORY 4: THE MOD SQUAD – CONTEMPORARY HATCHBACKS

CATEGORY 5: BOOTS ’N ALL – FOUR-DOOR VERSATILITY

  • CHEVROLET Cruze
  • FIAT Linea
  • FORD Focus
  • HONDA Civic
  • HYUNDAI Elantra
  • MAZDA 3
  • MG 6
  • MITSUBISHI Lancer
  • NISSAN Tiida
  • RENAULT Fluence
  • TOYOTA Corolla
  • VOLKSWAGEN Jetta

CATEGORY 6: MID-SIZED HATCHES/SEDANS – CONTEMPORARY FAMILY FAVOURITES

  • ALFA ROMEO Giulietta
  • AUDI A3/A3 Sportback
  • BMW 1-Series
  • CITROËN DS4
  • FIAT Bravo
  • FORD Focus 5-dr
  • HONDA Civic 5-dr
  • MAZDA 6
  • MERCEDES-BENZ A-Class
  • MG 6 5-dr
  • MINI Countryman
  • OPEL Astra
  • SUBARU Legacy
  • SUZUKI SX4
  • VOLKSWAGEN Golf
  • VOLVO C30
  • VOLVO S40

CATEGORY 7: PREMIUM CLASS SEDANS – SMART ROAD WARRIORS

  • ALFA ROMEO 159
  • AUDI A4
  • BMW 3-Series
  • CITROËN C5
  • HONDA Accord
  • HYUNDAI Sonata
  • KIA Optima
  • LEXUS IS
  • MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class
  • PEUGEOT 508
  • SUBARU Impreza WRX
  • SUZUKI Kizashi
  • VOLKSWAGEN CC
  • VOLKSWAGEN Passat
  • VOLVO S60

CATEGORY 8: CARS FOR THE JUNIOR EXECUTIVE – BIG ON STATUS

  • AUDI A5 Sportback
  • AUDI A6
  • BMW 5-Series
  • CHEVROLET Lumina SS
  • CHRYSLER C300
  • CITROËN DS5
  • JAGUAR XF
  • LEXUS GS
  • MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class
  • VOLVO S80

CATEGORY 9: CARS FOR THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE – MORE STATUS STILL

  • AUDI A7 Sportback
  • AUDI A8
  • BMW 6-Series Gran Coupè
  • BMW 7-Series
  • INFINITI M
  • JAGUAR XJ
  • LEXUS LS
  • MASERATI Quattroporte
  • MERCEDES-BENZ CLS
  • MERCEDES-BENZ S-Class
  • PORSCHE Panamera

CATEGORY 10: LUXURY AND POWER – THE CAPTAIN’S CHOICE

  • ASTON MARTIN Rapide
  • BENTLEY Continental Flying Spur
  • BENTLEY Mulsanne
  • MERCEDES-BENZ S63/65 AMG
  • ROLLS ROYCE Ghost
  • ROLLS ROYCE Phantom 

CATEGORY 11: WIND IN THE HAIR – CABRIOLETS AND CONVERTIBLES

  • AUDI A3 Cabriolet
  • BMW 1-Series Convertible
  • FIAT 500 Cabriolet
  • MAZDA MX-5 Roadster
  • MINI Cooper Convertible
  • MINI Cooper Roadster
  • PEUGEOT 207 CC
  • PEUGEOT 308 CC
  • RENAULT Megane CC
  • SMART ForTwo Cabrio
  • VOLKSWAGEN Beetle Cabriolet
  • VOLKSWAGEN Golf Cabriolet

CATEGORY 12: TRENDSETTERS – CABRIOLETS AND CONVERTIBLES

  • AUDI A5 Cabriolet
  • AUDI TT Roadster
  • BMW 3-Series Convertible
  • BMW Z4
  • LEXUS IS-C
  • MERCEDES-BENZ SLK
  • MINI Cooper S Convertible
  • MINI Cooper S Roadster JCW
  • NISSAN 370Z Roadster
  • PORSCHE Boxster
  • VOLKSWAGEN Eos
  • VOLVO C70

CATEGORY 13: DESIGNER LABELS – CABRIOLETS AND CONVERTIBLES

  • AUDI S5 Cabriolet
  • AUDI TT RS Roadster
  • BMW 6-Series Convertible
  • BMW M3 Convertible
  • INFINITI G Cabriolet
  • JAGUAR XK/XKR Convertible
  • MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Convertible
  • MERCEDES-BENZ SLK AMG
  • PORSCHE 911 Carrera Cabriolet

CATEGORY 14: FOR THE REALLY RICH – CABRIOLETS AND CONVERTIBLES

  • ASTON MARTIN DB9 Volante
  • ASTON MARTIN DBS Volante
  • ASTON MARTIN Vantage Roadster
  • ASTON MARTIN Virage Volante
  • AUDI R8 GT Spyder
  • BMW M6 Convertible
  • BENTLEY Continental GTC V8
  • FERRARI California
  • FERRARI 458 Spider
  • JAGUAR XKRS Convertible
  • LAMBORGHINI Gallardo Spyder
  • MASERATI Grand Turismo Cabrio
  • McLAREN MP4-12C Spider
  • MERCEDES-BENZ SL
  • PORSCHE Carrera 4GTS Cabriolet
  • ROLLS ROYCE Phantom Drophead

CATEGORY 15: COOL COUPES – TWO-DOOR HARD TOPS

  • AUDI A5 Coupe
  • AUDI TT
  • BMW 1-Series Coupe
  • BMW 3-Series Coupe
  • KIA Cerato Koup
  • MINI Cooper Coupe
  • MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Coupe
  • NISSAN 370Z Coupe
  • PEUGEOT RCZ Coupe
  • RENAULT Laguna Coupe
  • RENAULT Megane Coupe
  • SMART ForTwo Coupe
  • TOYOTA 86
  • VOLKSWAGEN Scirocco

CATEGORY 16: HOT COUPÈS – FABULOUSLY FAST LANE

  • AUDI S5 Coupè
  • BMW 6-Series Coupè
  • BMW M3 Coupè
  • INFINITI G Coupè
  • JAGUAR XK/XKR Coupè
  • LEXUS IS-F
  • LOTUS Evora
  • MASERATI Grand Turismo
  • MERCEDES-BENZ CL
  • MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG Coupè
  • MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Coupè
  • NISSAN GT-R
  • PORSCHE Cayman
  • PORSCHE 911 Carrera

CATEGORY 17: DREAM MACHINES – THE SUPERCAR LEAGUE

  • AUDI R8/R8 GT
  • ASTON MARTIN DB9
  • ASTON MARTIN DBS
  • ASTON MARTIN Vantage
  • ASTON MARTIN Virage
  • BENTLEY Continental GT
  • FERRARI 458 Italia
  • FERRARI FF
  • LAMBORGHINI Aventador
  • LAMBORGHINI Gallardo
  • LEXUS LF-A
  • MASERATI Gran Turismo MC Stradale
  • McLAREN MP4-12C
  • MERCEDES-BENZ CL63/65 AMG
  • MERCEDES-BENZ SL63/65 AMG
  • MERCEDES-BENZ SLS AMG
  • PORSCHE 911 GT3 4,0 RS
  • ROLLS ROYCE Phantom Coupè

CATEGORY 18: YOUNG RACERS – AFFORDABLE HOT HATCHES

  • AUDI S3/Sportback
  • ALFA ROMEO Giulietta QV
  • ALFA ROMEO MiTo QV
  • CITROËN DS3 Racing
  • DAIHATSU Materia Turbo
  • FIAT Punto Turbo
  • FIAT Abarth 500
  • HONDA Civic Type R
  • MAZDA 3 MPS
  • MINI Cooper S
  • MINI Cooper S Countryman
  • OPEL Astra GTC
  • OPEL Corsa OPC
  • PEUGEOT 308 GTi
  • RENAULT Megane RS Sport
  • VOLKSWAGEN Golf GTi
  • VOLKSWAGEN Polo GTi
  • VOLVO C30 T5 R-Design

CATEGORY 19: TRACK DAY SPECIALS – SUPER HOT HATCHES/COUPES

  • AUDI RS3 Sportback
  • AUDI RS5 Coupe
  • AUDI TT RS
  • BMW 1-Series M Coupe
  • RENAULT Megane Trophy/RS Cup
  • LOTUS Elise
  • LOTUS Exige
  • MINI Cooper S JCW
  • MINI Cooper S Coupe JCW
  • NISSAN 370Z Coupe
  • PORSCHE Cayman R
  • VOLKSWAGEN Golf R 4-Motion
  • VOLKSWAGEN Scirocco R

CATEGORY 20: UPPING THE PACE – HIGH PERFORMANCE SEDANS

  • AUDI S4
  • BMW M3 Sedan
  • BMW M5
  • CHRYSLER C300 SRT8
  • JAGUAR XFR
  • LEXUS IS-F
  • MERCEDES-BENZ C63 AMG
  • MERCEDES-BENZ CLS63 AMG
  • MERCEDES-BENZ E63 AMG
  • SUBARU Impreza WRX STi

CATEGORY 21: STATION WAGONS – NEW STYLE FOR THE TRADITIONAL

  • AUDI A4 Avant
  • HONDA Accord Tourer
  • MERCEDES-BENZ C-Class Estate
  • MERCEDES-BENZ E-Class Estate
  • MINI Cooper S Clubman
  • SUBARU Legacy Outback
  • VOLVO V50
  • VOLVO V60
  • VOLVO XC70

CATEGORY 22: COMPACT MPVs AND PEOPLE CARRIERS – FOR THE FAMILY

  • CITROËN C3 Picasso
  • CITROËN C4 Picasso
  • MAHINDRA Xylo
  • MAZDA 5
  • NISSAN Livina
  • OPEL Meriva
  • PEUGEOT 3008
  • PEUGEOT Expert
  • RENAULT Scenic
  • TOYOTA Avanza
  • TOYOTA Innova
  • TOYOTA Verso
  • VOLKSWAGEN Caddy
  • VOLKSWAGEN Touran

CATEGORY 23: LARGE MPVs AND PEOPLE CARRIERS – FOR THE EXTENDED FAMILY

  • CHRYSLER Grand Voyager
  • CITROËN Dispatch Passenger
  • CMC Amandla
  • CMC Ses' Buyile
  • FIAT Scudo
  • FOTON Inkunzi
  • HYUNDAI H-1
  • KIA Sedona
  • MERCEDES-BENZ R Class
  • MERCEDES-BENZ Viano
  • MERCEDES-BENZ Vito
  • NISSAN Primastar
  • OPEL Vivaro
  • PEUGEOT 5008
  • SSANGYONG Stavic
  • TOYOTA Quantum
  • VOLKSWAGEN T5 Kombi

CATEGORY 24: SUVs AND CROSSOVERS – CITY & SUBURBAN

  • CHERY Tiggo
  • CHEVROLET Orlando
  • CITROËN C4 Aircross
  • DAIHATSU Terios
  • DODGE Caliber
  • GWM H5
  • GWM Hover
  • HYUNDAI iX35
  • JEEP Compass
  • JEEP Patriot
  • KIA Sportage
  • MAHINDRA Scorpio
  • MAHINDRA Thar
  • MAHINDRA XUV 500
  • MITSUBISHI ASX
  • NISSAN Juke
  • NISSAN Qashqai
  • NISSAN X-Trail
  • PEUGEOT 4008
  • SSANGYONG Korando
  • SUZUKI Jimny
  • VOLKSWAGEN Tiguan
  • ZOTYE Hunter

CATEGORY 25: SUVs AND CROSSOVERS – URBAN & PERI-URBAN

  • AUDI Q3
  • BMW X1
  • CHEVROLET Captiva
  • DODGE Journey
  • FORD Everest
  • FORD Kuga
  • HONDA CR-V
  • JEEP Cherokee Sport/Limited
  • JEEP Wrangler
  • KIA Sorento
  • LAND ROVER Defender
  • MAZDA CX-5
  • MITSUBISHI Outlander
  • MITSUBISHI Pajero Sport
  • RENAULT Koleos
  • SUBARU Forester
  • SUBARU XV
  • SUZUKI Grand Vitara
  • TOYOTA Fortuner
  • TOYOTA RAV4

CATEGORY 26: SUVs AND CROSSOVERS – TOWN & COUNTRY

  • AUDI Q5
  • BMW X3
  • HYUNDAI Santa Fe
  • INFINITI EX
  • JEEP Grand Cherokee
  • LAND ROVER Freelander
  • MITSUBISHI Pajero
  • NISSAN Murano
  • NISSAN Pathfinder
  • RANGE ROVER Evoque
  • SUBARU Tribeca
  • TOYOTA FJ Cruiser
  • TOYOTA Land Cruiser Prado
  • TOYOTA Land Cruiser Wagon
  • VOLVO XC60

CATEGORY 27: SUVs AND CROSSOVERS – LUXURY TOURERS

  • AUDI Q7
  • BMW 5-Series GT
  • BMW X5
  • BMW X6
  • INFINITI FX
  • LAND ROVER Discovery
  • LEXUS LX
  • LEXUS RX
  • MERCEDES-BENZ G-Class
  • MERCEDES-BENZ GL
  • MERCEDES-BENZ ML
  • NISSAN Patrol
  • PORSCHE Cayenne
  • RANGE ROVER
  • RANGE ROVER Sport
  • TOYOTA Land Cruiser 200
  • VOLKSWAGEN Touareg
  • VOLVO XC90

CATEGORY 28: HYBRIDS – DAWN OF A NEW AGE

  • BMW Active Hybrid5
  • HONDA CR-Z
  • HONDA Insight Hybrid
  • HONDA Jazz Hybrid
  • LEXUS CT-200h
  • LEXUS GS
  • LEXUS LS
  • LEXUS RX
  • PORSCHE Cayenne Hybrid
  • PORSCHE Panamera Hybrid
  • SMART ForTwo Micro Hybrid
  • TOYOTA Prius

CATEGORY 29: LIGHT DELIVERY VANS – PICK ’N PACK

  • FIAT Doblo
  • FIAT Ducato
  • FIAT Fiorino
  • HYUNDAI H-1 Panel Van
  • MAHINDRA Xylo Panel Van
  • MERCEDES-BENZ Vito Panel Van
  • OPEL Vivaro Panel Van
  • PEUGEOT Expert Panel Van
  • TOYOTA Avanza Panel Van
  • TOYOTA Quantum Panel Van
  • VOLKSWAGEN Caddy Panel Van
  • VOLKSWAGEN T5 Kombi Panel Van

CATEGORY 30: LIGHT LOAD LUGGERS  – SINGLE CAB WORKHORSES

  • CHANGAN Star
  • CHEVROLET Utility
  • CMC Plutus
  • DAIHATSU Gran Max
  • FIAT Strada
  • FORD Ranger
  • FOTON Thunda
  • GWM Steed
  • HYUNDAI H100 Pick Up
  • ISUZU KB
  • JMC Boarding
  • KIA K2700
  • MAHINDRA Bolero
  • MAHINDRA Genio
  • MAHINDRA Scorpio Pik Up
  • MAZDA BT-50
  • MITSUBISHI Triton Club Cab
  • NISSAN Navara King Cab
  • NISSAN NP200
  • NISSAN NP300
  • TATA Xenon
  • TOYOTA Hilux
  • VOLKSWAGEN Amarok Pick Up

CATEGORY 31: DOUBLE CABS – PUTTING AFFORDABILITY FOREMOST

  • CMC Plutus DC
  • FOTON Thunda DC
  • GWM Steed 5 DC
  • JMC Boarding DC
  • MAHINDRA Genio DC
  • TATA Xenon DC

CATEGORY 32: ADVENTURE BAKKIES – FOR THE LONG HAUL

  • CHEVROLET Lumina Ute
  • FORD Ranger DC
  • ISUZU KB DC
  • LAND ROVER Defender DC
  • MAHINDRA Scorpio DC
  • MAZDA BT-50 DC
  • MITSUBISHI Triton DC
  • NISSAN Navara DC
  • NISSAN Patrol Pick Up
  • SSANGYONG Actyon Sports
  • TOYOTA Hilux DC
  • TOYOTA Land Cruiser Pick Up
  • VOLKSWAGEN Amarok DC

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