In South Africa, the Car of the Year Competition, in which a panel of journalists chooses the best car of the year, will see the holding of a gala evening on 6 March when the results will be unveiled. To select the winner, the 29 members of the jury submitted the cars, from 13 to 15 February, to a series of thorough tests including measurements and trials on the Gerotek track near Pretoria.
To support the event, Motul is now an official partner of it, as has just been announced by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists. According to Justin Levy, General Manager of Premium Lubricants, Motul's importer in the country, 'This partnership is an excellent means to promote Motul's automotive range (…). The Motul brand is synonymous with quality and high performances. As the latest developments in engine technology are beginning to reach us, the time was most appropriate to launch on the market the world lubricant leader.'
The best car of the year competition comprises twelve finalists: BMW 3 Series Sedan 320i Automatic, Ford Ranger 3.2 XLT 4X4 Double Cab Diesel AT, Hyundai i30 1.8 Executive, Kia Rio 1.4 TEC Hatch MT, Lexus GS 350 EX, Mercedes-Benz B 180 CDI BlueEFFICIENCY 7G-DCT, Nissan Juke 1.6 DIG-T Tekna, Opel Meriva 1.4T Cosmo, Porsche Boxster, Range Rover Evoque Si4 Dynamic 5-door, Toyota 86 High, and Toyota Yaris 1.5 HSD Xs. A difficult choice for the jury journalists.