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The 33rd edition of the WesBank Car of the Year Awards saw Porsche’s Panamera take first place in a field of 10 finalists. Volvo’s S90 was placed second, with Alfa Romeo’s Giulia taking third spot.
The event, held at the Gallagher Estate Convention Centre in Midrand, marked the fourth time that Porsche had won the coveted trophy. The brand took honours in 2013 with the Boxster, in 2014 with the Cayman, and in 2015 with the Macan.
Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Toby Venter, CEO of Porsche South Africa, said he was delighted at the Panamera’s performance in the competition. “All of the finalists represent excellence in their particular market segments. I am very pleased that the Panamera came out on top,” he said.
To determine the winner, the 26-strong COTY jury – comprising members of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists – had earlier put the finalists through structured testing procedures, scoring each car against direct class competitors on aspects that included affordability; cabin styling, interior layout and ergonomics; engine and transmission performance and technology; engineering integrity and build quality; steering and handling; ride quality; exterior design; value for money and overall excellence.