The women of South Africa have voted and Women on Wheels (WOW) is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 WOW Women’s Car of the Year Awards (#WOWCOTY). Over 10 000 votes were cast by WOW readers and combined with the judges’ votes to decide the winning cars in 11 categories.
The winning cars in each category are:
- Budget Buys: Honda Brio
- Convertibles: Mercedes-Benz SLK
- Crossover/Compact SUV: Porsche Macan
- Hatchbacks: Mercedes-Benz A-Class
- Sedans: Mercedes-Benz C-Class
- Green cars: Nissan Leaf
- Large SUVs: Range Rover Sport
- MPV: Citroën C4 Picasso
- Sports Cars: Jaguar F-Type
- Super car: Honda NSx
- Overall Car of the Year: Porsche Macan
“It is such an exciting survey for us at WOW,” says Charleen Clarke, editor of WOW and convener of the WOWCOTY judging panel. “Not only are more women actively searching for cars, but with the volume of votes we can confidently say that these results are a real-life indicator of South African women’s favourite cars. More women are making the car buying decisions in their households and we are tapping in to this market.”
Together with the reader vote, a select panel of judges added their stamp of approval to this year’s WCOTY. On the panel were WOW’s online content producer Juliet McGuire, Liana Reiners, owner of Car and Leisure, the Mail & Guardian motor editor Sukasha Singh, former editor of Avusa’s MotorMania now called Ignition Live and motoring contributor for Forbes Woman Africa Mabuyane Kekana, Wheels24 content producer Janine-Lee Gordon, award-winning motoring journalist Peta Lee, DStv Ignition TV’s Lindsay Vine, and Driving in Heels blogger and managing director Vuyi Jabavu.