Car of the Year - how they ranked

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IOL mot mar15 coty elantra winner . Hyundai SA managing director Alan Ross makes a speech after the Elantra 1.8 GLS was announced as the winner.

One thing that the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists chairman Danie van Jaarsveld was quick to assure us during the pre-announcement speech, held at the gala banquet in Midrand on Thursday night, was that there would be just one winner this time around.

Systems put in place meant that there would no longer be a repeat of last year's controversy where two cars drove away with Wesbank/SAGMJ Car of the Year accolade.

In fact, when the winner drove onto the stage later that evening it signalled a positive milestone - this being the first time that a Korean car has taken the title.

Being a far more transparent competition since it was reinvented last year, the SAGMJ also revealed the scores allocated to each car, allowing us to see the overall ranking and here we see that Korea in fact took the top two spots:

CAR OF THE YEAR RANKINGS - 2012

1. Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS - 230 points

2. Kia Picanto 1.2 EX - 155

3. VW Jetta 1.4 TSI 118kW Highline - 141

4. Suzuki Kizashi 2.4i SDLX - 49

5. Alfa Romeo Giulietta 125kW Distinctive - 48

6. Audi A6 3.0 TDI quattro S tronic - 30

7. Ford Focus 2.0 TDCi Trend PowerShift - 27

8. Citroën DS4 1.6 THP 200 Sport - 22

9. Peugeot 5008 Active 2.0 HDi - 20

10. Mercedes-Benz SLK 350 - 3

After putting each vehicle through its paces at the Gerotek test facility, the 30 jury members had 25 points at their disposal, which they had to divide between no more than five cars and no less than three - the same way it's done in the European COTY competition.

Judges are urged to determine how well each car fares against its natural competitors (rather than its fellow COTY finalists) in areas like value for money, driving dynamics, technology, safety and style, among other factors.

THE WINNER

The Hyundai Elantra 1.8 GLS has received a fair amount of positive press since being launched last year for its combination of style, quality and value.

Priced at R224 900 for the six-speed manual model, it's well priced in relation to its rivals, which include the R259 900 Honda Civic 1.8 Elegance, R269 500 Toyota Corolla 2.0 Exclusive and R289 420 Mazda3 2.0 Individual.

The spacious Elantra is fitted with goodies like dual-zone climate control, rear parking sensor and automatic windscreen wipers and is powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine that pushes 110kW and 178Nm. There's also a lesser-specced 96kW 1.6 GLS available for R199 900.

PREVIOUS WINNERS

1986 - Toyota Corolla GLi Twin Cam

1987 - Mercedes-Benz 260E

1988 - BMW 735i

1989 - Toyota Corolla GLi Executive

1990 - BMW 525i

1991 - Opel Monza 160 GSi

1992 - Nissan Maxima 300 SE

1993 - BMW 316i

1994 - Opel Kadett 140

1995 - Opel Astra 160iS

1996 - Audi A4 1.8

1997 - BMW 528i

1998 - Ford Fiesta Fun

1999 - Alfa Romeo 156 2.0 T-Spark

2000 - Renault Clio 1.4 RT

2001 - BMW 320d

2002 - Audi A4 1.9 TDI

2003 - VW Polo 1.4 TDI

2004 - Renault Megane 1.9 dCi

2005 - Volvo S40 2.4i

2006 - Audi A3 Sportback 2.0T

2007 - Honda Civic 1.8 VXi Sedan

2008 - Mazda2 1.5 Individual

2009 - Honda Accord 2.4 Executive

2010 - VW Golf 6 1.4 TSI

2011 - BMW 520d and VW Polo 1.6 TDI



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