COVID-19 has been a significant disruptor in every industry, and the nature of events as we knew them, have changed completely. In the car industry, the change to car launches has been the most noticeable. The 2020 SA Car of the Year (COTY) awards evening took a futuristic tone, and the event showed no people, just pictures of cars. It was a first for COTY and reflected a world where everything, including transport, is evolving rapidly.The 59-contender voting selection contained new vehicle ranges introduced to the South African new car market between 1 November 2019 and 1 March 2021. Eligible members of the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists (SAGMJ) have had a 4-day period to cast their votes for the 40 COTY Semi-Finalists. Two vehicles tied for 40th position, so we have 41 COTY Semi-Finalists.The SAGMJ is proud to announce the semi-finalists for the 2021 SA Car of the Year competition (COTY), in alphabetical order: AudiA4FamilyAudiA6 and S6 SedanPremiumAudiQ3 SportbackFamilyAudiSQ8LuxuryAudiSQ7LuxuryBMW4-seriesPremiumBMWX5 MLuxuryBMW2 Series Gran CoupeFamilyBMWM2 CSPerformanceGWMP-SeriesDouble CabHondaBalladeCompact FamilyHyundaiCretaCompact FamilyHyundaii30 NPerformanceHyundaiVenueCompactHyundaiGrand i10BudgetKiaSeltosCompact FamilyLand RoverDefender 110Adventure SUVLand RoverDiscovery SportFamilyMazdaCX-30Compact FamilyMercedes-BenzGLAFamilyMercedes-BenzE-ClassPremiumMercedes-BenzGLBFamilyMercedes-BenzA 45 S4 MaticPerformanceMercedes-BenzA 35 4MaticPerformanceMiniCooper SENew EnergyMitsubishiEclipse Cross 1.5 TCompact FamilyNissanMicra 1.0tCompactOpelCorsaCompactPeugeot2008 SUVCompact FamilyPorscheTaycanNew EnergyPorsche911 Turbo SPerformanceRenaultMegane RS 300 TrophyPerformanceSuzukiVitara BrezzaCompactSuzukiS-PressoBudgetToyotaCorolla Sedan XS and XRCompact FamilyToyotaHiluxDouble CabToyotaLand Cruiser PradoAdventure SUVToyotaStarletBudgetVolkswagenT-RocCompact FamilyVolkswagenCaravelleFamilyVolkswagenLimited Edition Golf GTi TCRPerformance The SA Guild of Motoring Journalists has run the South African Car of the Year competition since 1986 with one single aim – identify reward automotive excellence.During the next few days, the 2021 SA Car of the Year Jury, consisting of 25 respected motoring scribes from all over South Africa, will conclude voting for the finalist vehicle ranges that will compete in 2020 COTY.  This will culminate in the 2021 SA Car of the Year Winner electronic winners’ announcement in June 2021.This year’s Categories are: BudgetCompactCompact FamilyFamilyPremiumLuxuryPerformanceNew EnergyAdventure SUVDouble Cab LCV These categories will only be won if there is a suitable candidate and it does not affect the selection of finalist vehicles. The overall 2020 SA Car of the Year winner remains the most coveted of all titles and enjoys international recognition.

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