Peoples’ Wheels Awards 2016

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South Africa’s motoring public knows its wheels – and, for the fifth successive year, the voices of the people have been heard.

Based on thousands of responses from ordinary motorists, 132 vehicles in 22 categories have been voted as finalists in the fifth annual Standard Bank-sponsored People’s Wheels Awards.

Now the battle is on for the ultimate prize – the People’s Choice award – in which the vehicle that has scored the most votes will be crowned grand champion at an event to be held on Friday, November 13 at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.

“The People’s Wheels Awards are driven by the experiences, attitudes and opinions of our motoring public. In this way, it is a truly South African event – democratic and egalitarian, as the winners reflect the views of diverse voters in terms of motoring reliability, durability and loyalty,” says Nicholas Nkosi, Head of Vehicle and Asset Finance – Retail at Standard Bank. “For this reason, as one of the key financiers of car buyers in South Africa, Standard Bank views the awards as a valuable and honest informational tool for consumers.”

The finalists in the People’s Wheels Awards were determined over a three-month period which saw thousands of votes cast by ordinary motorists for the cars they drive or those they aspire to drive. Equally, a survey which ran simultaneously – in which owners of vehicles were asked to rate various aspects of their ownership experience – also drew many thousands of responses.

Of all the respondents, one lucky winner will be selected in a random draw and will walk away with a R25 000 cash prize. The presentation will take place at the People’s Wheels Awards ceremony in November.
The event agenda includes two high-powered automotive conferences in which factors and issues which influence South Africa’s motor industry from manufacturing and retailing perspectives will be discussed by experts.
Wynter Murdoch, Group Motoring Editor for Times Media – organisers of the People’s Wheels Awards – said he was delighted at the response to this year’s competition and was looking forward to the presentation event.
“People’s Wheels Awards this year has been an exciting ride,” he said. “And we’ve planned a knock-out show for the presentation event. On all counts expect a number of surprises…”

Finalists range from super luxury cars, budget buys, family-friendly crossovers, rugged terrain champions to bakkies, taxis and panel vans. Presented in alphabetical order, here are the nominees in each of the 22 categories:

Category 1 Category 2 Category 3
Budget Buys Compact Commuters Compact Executive Cars
CHEVROLET – Spark AUDI – A1/A1 Sportback AUDI – A3 Sedan/Sportback/Hatch
FORD – Figo FORD – Fiesta BMW – 1-Series
HYUNDAI – i10/Grand i10 OPEL – Adam CHEVROLET – Cruze
RENAULT – Sandero OPEL – Corsa FORD – Focus
VOLKSWAGEN – Polo Vivo RENAULT – Clio MERCEDES-BENZ – CLA
VOLKSWAGEN – Up VOLKSWAGEN – Polo VOLKSWAGEN – Golf
Category 4 Category 5 Category 6
Family Friendly Cars Mid-Sized Executive Cars Premium Luxury Cars
AUDI – A4 AUDI – A6 AUDI – A8
AUDI – A5 Sportback AUDI – A7 Sportback BMW – 6-Series Gran Coupé
BMW – 3-Series BMW – 5-Series JAGUAR – XJ
FORD – Fusion JAGUAR – XF MASERATI – Ghibli
MERCEDES-BENZ – C-Class LEXUS – GS MERCEDES-BENZ – S-Class
VOLVO – V60 MERCEDES-BENZ – E-Class PORSCHE – Panamera
Category 7 Category 8 Category 9
Super Luxury Cars Sporty Drop Tops Super Sports Cars
ASTON MARTIN – Rapide AUDI – A5 Cabriolet AUDI – R8
BENTLEY – Continental Flying Spur BMW – 4-Series Convertible LAMBORGHINI – Aventador
FERRARI – F12 Berlinetta JAGUAR – F Type LAMBORGHINI – Hurracan
MERCEDES-BENZ – S-Class Coupé MERCEDES-BENZ – E-Class Cabriolet MERCEDES-BENZ – AMG GT
ROLLS ROYCE – Ghost MERCEDES-BENZ – SLK MERCEDES-BENZ – SL Roadster
ROLLS ROYCE – Phantom PORSCHE – Boxster NISSAN – GT-R
Category 10 Category 11 Category 12
Sport Coupés: Two-Door Hard Tops Premium Class Coupés Hot Hatches/Sedans/ Coupés
AUDI – TT Coupe AUDI – A5 Coupé AUDI – S3
BMW – 2-Series BMW – 4-Series FORD – Fiesta ST
OPEL – Astra GTC JAGUAR – F-Type Coupé FORD – Focus ST
RENAULT – Megane Coupé MERCEDES-BENZ – GLE Coupé MERCEDES-BENZ – A45/CLA45 AMG
TOYOTA – 86 MERCEDES-BENZ – E-Class Coupé OPEL – Astra OPC
VOLKSWAGEN – Scirocco PORSCHE – Cayman VOLKSWAGEN – Golf GTI
Category 13 Category 14 Category 15
Compact MPVs & People Carriers Large MPVs & People Carriers Small SUVs & Crossovers
CHEVROLET – Orlando FORD – Tourneo Custom CITROEN – Cactus
DODGE – Journey HYUNDAI – H-1 FORD – EcoSport
FORD – Tourneo Connect MERCEDES-BENZ – V-Class JEEP – Compass
MERCEDES-BENZ – B-Class OPEL – Vivaro MITSUBISHI – ASX
VOLKSWAGEN – Golf SV TOYOTA – Quantum OPEL – Mokka
VOLKSWAGEN – Touran VOLKSWAGEN – Kombi RENAULT – Duster
Category 16 Category 17 Category 18
Compact SUVs & Crossovers Premium Class SUVs & Crossovers Luxury SUVs & Crossovers
AUDI – Q3 CHEVROLET – Trailblazer AUDI – Q7
CHEVROLET – Captiva JEEP – Grand Cherokee BMW – X6
FORD – Kuga LAND ROVER – Discovery Sport MERCEDES-BENZ – G-Class
HYUNDAI – ix35 MERCEDES-BENZ – ML-Class PORSCHE – Cayenne
MERCEDES-BENZ – GLA PORSCHE – Macan RANGE ROVER Sport
TOYOTA – Fortuner RANGE ROVER – Evoque VOLKSWAGEN – Touareg
Category 19 Category 20 Category 21
Hybrids/Electrics Light Delivery Vehicles Single Cab Bakkies
BMW – i3 FORD – Transit Custom CHEVROLET – Utility
BMW – i8 HYUNDAI – H-1 Panel Van FORD – Ranger
HONDA – CR-Z MERCEDES-BENZ – Vito Panel Van ISUZU – KB
MERCEDES-BENZ – E-Class Hybrid OPEL – Vivaro Panel Van NISSAN – Navara
PORSCHE – Cayenne Hybrid TOYOTA – Quantum Panel Van TOYOTA – Hilux
PORSCHE – Panamera Hybrid VOLKWAGEN – Caddy Panel Van VOLKSWAGEN – Amarok
Category 22
Double Cab Bakkies
FORD – Ranger
ISUZU – KB
MITSUBISHI – Triton
NISSAN – Navara
TOYOTA – Hilux
VOLKWAGEN – Amarok
Ownership Survey Fuel Brand Tyre Brand
AUDI BP BRIDGESTONE
BMW CALTEX CONTINENTAL
CHEVROLET ENGEN DUNLOP
HONDA SASOL FIRESTONE
MERCEDES-BENZ SHELL GOODYEAR
NISSAN TOTAL MICHELIN

 

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