The 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank, concluded with the announcement of the 13 category- and prestigious Brand of the Year winners at a red carpet event hosted at The Galleria in Sandton, Johannesburg on 25 January 2018.

Source: Cars.co.za

A total of 20 car brands were represented in the 39 finalists that were in contention for category wins in 2017/18… The Volkswagen Group had a total of 10 nominations (Audi and VW had five apiece), followed by the BMW Group (four), with Alfa Romeo, Kia, Mitsubishi, Peugeot and Subaru making their first respective appearances in the final.

Category winners: 2017/18 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards – powered by WesBank

  • Budget Car (under R175k): Suzuki Ignis 1.2 GL
  • Compact Hatch (R175k-R250k): Mazda2 1.5 Individual
  • Premium Hatch (R350k-R500k): Volkswagen Golf 1.4 TSI Comfortline R-Line DSG
  • Compact Family Car (R250k-R350k): Suzuki Vitara 1.6 GLX Auto
  • Family Car (R350k-R500k): Mazda CX-5 2.5 Individual
  • Business Class (R500k-R700k): BMW 420d Gran Coupe Sport Line Sports Auto
  • Executive Sedan  (R700k-R1 million) : Mercedes-Benz E350d Avantgarde
  • Leisure Double-Cab Bakkie (above R500k): Volkswagen Amarok 3.0 V6 TDI 4Motion Highline Plus
  • Adventure SUV (R550k-R800k): Toyota Fortuner 2.8 GD-6 4×4 Auto
  • Executive SUV (R600k-R900k): Mercedes-Benz GLC250d 4Matic AMG Line
  • Premium SUV (R900k-R1.25million): Volvo XC90 T8 Twin Engine R-Design
  • Fun Car (under R600k): Mini John Cooper Works Sports Auto
  • Performance Car (R600k-R1 million): BMW M2 M-DCT

Suzuki’s amazing reputation were boosted at this year’s #CarsAwards after winning Brand of the Year by narrowly defeating Mercedes-Benz by 1%.

Brand of the Year is determined entirely by market and customer data, the latter from the aforementioned survey (sales and after-sales service in particular).

  1. Suzuki                         78.2%
  2. Mercedes-Benz           77.2%
  3. Mazda                         74.7%
  4. Volkswagen                74%
  5. BMW/Mini                   73.4%
  6. Kia                               72.8%
  7. Audi                             72%
  8. Toyota/Lexus               72%
  9. Nissan                         71.4%
  10. Mahindra                   71.4%

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