Citroën DS voted Car of the Year finalist for two consecutive years
information supplied by: Citroen
24 January 2012
The Citroën DS4, voted the most beautiful car in the world was chosen as a finalist in the 2012 Car of the Year Competition. Months of tests and assessments precede final voting by a critical panel of judges consisting of the full members and a jury made of 30 selected members of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ). Ten finalists out of approximately 360 entries will be judged in the country’s premier motoring event.
Since Citroën South Africa made its re-entry into the country and became a wholly owned subsidiary of France in 2010 both the DS3 and now the DS4 have been voted as finalists for this coveted award - an indication of the media’s belief in the Citroën product.
The Citroën DS4 will be competing against nine other finalists, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 1.4, Kia Picanto 1.2 EX, Peugeot 5008, Mercedes SLK 350, Volkswagen Jetta 1.4, Ford Focus, Hyundai Elantra, Suzuki Kizashi and Audi A6 3.0 TDi S-Tronic. What will help the DS4 win is that it develops 147kW, making it a “proper” hot hatch. It has a multitude of standard features and is good value for money which is always a big selling point.
The next step in the process is to determine the winner from a two-day test session to be held on 8/9 February at Gerotek test facility near Pretoria, where the cars will be evaluated by the Jury members in conditions individual vehicles would be expected to perform under.
The test days allow jury members to pay close attention to the cars’ aesthetics, build quality and ergonomics while considerations based on perceptions of value for money, cost of spares’ basket, safety features and environmental friendliness can be taken into account before scoring the top ten. Fuel consumption figures are also made available to the Jury.
The announcement of the winner of the 2012 Wesbank/SAGMJ Car of the Year will be revealed at a banquet to be held on 14 March.