Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car of The Year Finalists Announced
The prestigious Old Mutual Insure 2024 Car of the Year (COTY) competition finalists have been announced. Showcasing the best in automotive innovation and performance, the top 18 finalists meticulously chosen by the jurors of the 38th annual COTY competition presented by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) will go through to the next stage in the search for the 2024 SA Car of the Year.
Across the eight categories of the 2024 COTY competition, ranging from budget-friendly entry-level vehicles to luxurious top-end limousines, the most intense rivalry emerges in the Performance category with four formidable rivals, all vying for coveted Performance Car of The Year title. Among the distinguished contenders in the Performance category stands the iconic Honda Civic Type R, celebrated for its track-inspired prowess and dynamic driving experience.
Handpicked by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) jurors, the Honda Civic Type R competes with the below models for the Performance Car of the Year title:
- Honda Civic Type R
- Toyota Corolla GR
- BMW M2
- Ford Ranger Raptor
"Congratulations to the finalists selected from the highly competitive semi-finalist group across all eight COTY categories," says Mabuyane Mabuza, Chairperson of the 2023 and 2024 COTY Committee and Vice-Chairperson of the SAGMJ. "Rapid technological advances intensify the annual competition, with innovative features becoming commonplace, even in entry-level vehicles, showcasing the evolution of automotive technology."
In early March, the competition enters the testing phase at Zwartkops Raceway, where the juror group assesses the vehicles. Subsequently, the final scoring round incorporates data from Lightstone Auto, utilising automated scoring based on market segment sales volumes and spec-adjusted competitor pricing. "The culmination of the COTY competition is its most thrilling phase. Using their expertise and experience, jurors meticulously evaluate every aspect of the cars. Their discernment determines the crème de la crème that caters to diverse market needs and elevates local mobility standards," adds Mabuza. The Motor Enthusiast's Choice (public vote) returns for the 2024 COTY competition. Watch out for upcoming social media posts featuring each finalist, and vote for your favourite by liking it. The vehicle with the most likes wins, and three fortunate voters secure an off-road driving course sponsored by Old Mutual Insure and the SAGMJ. Stay tuned for the competition launch! "Old Mutual Insure extends best wishes to all contenders. As a reputable insurer known for excellence, we take pride in our partnership with COTY, the country's premier car competition, offering an outstanding contest to the people of South Africa," concludes Garth Napier, MD of Old Mutual Insure.
Keep an eye out for the testing phase in March and be sure to cast your vote for your favourite in the Motor Enthusiast's Choice. Follow #SACOTY2024 and #OMICOTY for the latest updates!