Women on Wheels, published by Associated Magazines, is proud to announce the winners of the 2011 WOW Women’s Car of the Year Awards, the only car awards in South Africa decided by women. More than 5 000 votes were received this year via SMS and on-line voting. Readers’ votes and those of the judging panel decided the winners in eight categories. The judges also chose the overall Best Value for Money Car of the Year.
“We are pleased with this year’s competition and the results,” says Charleen Clarke, president of the SA Guild of Motoring Journalists and convenor of the WOW judging panel. “The new WOW website and activity on social networks Twitter and Facebook resulted in increased reader involvement, which made it easy for us to choose the winners.”
The judging panel for this year’s award saw Charleen Clarke joined by SA Car of the Year jury members Heléne Griffiths and Lindsay Vine from DStv’s Ignition, motoring blogger Vuyi Jabavu, award-winning motoring journalist Peta Lee, MotorMania editor Mabuyane Kekana and Janine-Lee Gordon from City Press.
The winning cars in each category of this year’s WOW Women’s Car of the Year Awards are as follows:
• Best Budget Buy: Chevrolet Spark
• Best Executive Car: BMW 5 Series
• Best Fun Car: Citroën DS3
• Best MPV and Wagons: Mazda5
• Best SUV: Range Rover Evoque
• Best Eco-Friendly Car: Volkswagen Golf
• Best Convertible: Audi R8 Spyder
• Best Dream Drive: Maserati Grancabrio
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