Semi-Finalists announced for the 2023 SA Car of the Year sponsored by Old Mutual Insure

JOHANNESBURG – The much-anticipated semi-finalists of the 2023 South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition, sponsored by Old Mutual Insure, have been chosen.

The semi-finalists of the 2023 South African Car of the Year (COTY) competition, sponsored by Old Mutual Insure, are (in alphabetical order):

  •   Alfa Romeo Tonale
  •   Audi e-tron GT / RS e-Tron GT
  •   Audi RS 3 Sedan / Sportback
  •   BAIC Beijing X55
  •   BMW 2-series Coupe
  •   BMW 7-Series
  •   BMW i4
  •   BMW iX3
  •   Chery Tiggo Pro 7
  •   Chery Tiggo Pro 8
  •   Ford Ranger
  •   Haval H6 Hybrid
  •   Honda Civic RS
  •   Hyundai Grand Creta
  •   Hyundai Kona N
  •   Hyundai Tucson
  •   Isuzu D-Max
  •   Jeep Gladiator
  •   Jeep Grand Cherokee L
  •   Kia Carnival
  •   Kia Sorento
  •   Kia Sportage
  •   Land Rover  Range Rover
  •   Mahindra XUV700
  •   Mercedes-Benz S-Class
  •   Nissan Qashqai
  •   Opel Mokka
  •   Porsche 911 GT3
  •   Porsche Cayman GT4 RS
  •   Renault Clio 5
  •   Suzuki Baleno
  •   Toyota GR86
  •   Toyota Rav4 E-Four
  •   Volkswagen Taigo
  •   Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge

Congratulations to the semi-finalists, who have made it through a strict round. Although there is still some way to go, they have already proven their resilience: The automotive market has changed drastically following COVID-19, and consumers are more in need than ever before of solutions that are adaptable to the times. Each semi-finalist has caught the attention of the judges precisely because they are not only relevant for today’s customers but are also excellent contenders. We wish the jury the very best in the next round of voting, which we have no doubt will be tough given the calibre of this year’s semi-finalists,” says Garth Napier, MD of Old Mutual Insure.

The first step in the vehicle selection process was determining eligibility based on the COTY Rules & Regulations. The COTY Validation Committee reviewed more than 80 vehicles and determined that 55 vehicles met the stringent entry requirements.

This list of validated vehicles was then presented to members of the South African Guild of Mobility Journalists, all experts in the field of all things motoring, on a dedicated online voting platform voted to determine the list of semi-finalists.

In January 2023, the recently announced COTY jury will cast their votes to whittle the list of semi-finalists down to a list of finalists. These worthy contenders will then undergo a stringent evaluation process before the jury locks in their scores to crown our official 2023 South African Car of the Year.

The partnership between COTY and Old Mutual Insure supports the insurer’s focus to remain agile amidst the changes that have impacted consumers in recent years and, through relevant and innovative products, find ever more ways to help customers navigate the climate.