Women’s Car of the Year 2013 – Nissan GT-R


Womens Car of the year

Nissan GT-R voted as best Dream Drive in 2013 WCOTY

(Rosslyn, South Africa, 27 August 2013) The fabled Nissan GT-R has been announced as the ‘Dream Drives’ category winner in the 2013 Women’s Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards.

Arguably Nissan’s most desirable model, the super-performance GT-R has a rich history the world over, forming strong followings in motorsport and as an object of desirability. The overtones of supercar performance at a fantastic price tend to feature, this particular feature perhaps contributing to its WCOTY category win.

The all-wheel drive coupe makes use of a front-mounted 3.8-litre twin-turbocharged V6 petrol engine to deliver 397 kW and 628 Nm to the road, all of which is enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint time of just 2.7 seconds and a top speed of 315 km/h. All from just R1 401 200.

“The category win is a great one for the GT-R,” comments Janico Dannhauser, Product Manager for GT-R at Nissan South Africa. “It’s fantastic to see that a car with typically masculine connotations is also appealing to the ‘fairer sex’ and we can assure the thousands of voters that it is indeed a dream to drive.”

The WCOTY competition, which is run by Women on Wheels magazine and published as a supplement to female interest titles including O, the Oprah Magazine, Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan and House & Leisure magazines saw a record number of votes for the 2013 event.


The judging panel’s votes – which were cast by prominent female members of the South African motoring media including Charleen Clarke of Women on Wheels who convenes the competition, Liana Reiners of Car and Leisure, Sukasha Singh of Mail & Guardian, Mabuyane Kekana from Sunday Independent, Media 24 content producer Janine-Lee Gordon, Lindsay Vine from IGNITION TV, Driving in Heels blogger Vuyi Jabavu and award-winning motoring journalist Peta Lee – were accompanied by over 30 000 public votes to determine the various category winners and ultimately the 2013 Women’s Car of the Year.

Clarke goes on to comment: “Each year more readers get involved in voting for their favourite cars, which just goes to show that women are researching and selecting the cars they want to drive. Women are definitely no longer in the back seat when it comes to making vehicle purchasing decisions.”