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South Africans came out in force to vote for their favourite cars in the third annual Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards.

From June 10 to August 25, a total of 101 438 votes were cast across the competition’s 30 categories – the highest number received since the project’s inception in 2011 and emphatic reinforcement of its growing acceptance as one of the most significant surveys on the country’s automotive calendar.

Additionally, a record number of responses where received from vehicle owners in a survey designed to determine their satisfaction levels with regard to the cars and bakkies they drive every day.

Initiated by the Future Group in association with Standard Bank, research house TNS South Africa and media partner the Sunday Times, the People’s Wheels Awards bring to the automotive sector a pioneering means of rewarding vehicle excellence while simultaneously offering relevant and useful information to the consumer market regarding ownership perceptions of vehicle brands – including reliability, durability and loyalty factors.

Sydney Soundy, Head of Vehicle and Asset Finance at Standard Bank, says: “Everybody has an opinion about the vehicle they own or would like to own and will defend their choices as vigorously as they do their favourite sports teams.”

He adds that Standard Bank, as one of the leading financiers of car buyers in South Africa, is well aware of the emotions that cars provoke. “These emotions – and the special place that many people have in their lives for their cars – are one of the primary motivators for our sponsorship of the People’s Wheels Awards.”

Soundy says in Standard Bank’s view, all motorists should have a voice in deciding which is South Africa’s most esteemed car.  “There is nobody better at assessing the merits of vehicles than the people who drive them – or know people who drive them – and aspire to own some of these vehicles.”

He says these drivers can be found studying motoring magazines, supplements and TV shows and devouring all the information they can find on their dream rides. “In short, South Africans know their cars. The People’s Wheels Awards provides the opportunity for them to exercise their knowledge.

“Ordinary drivers can have their voices heard. The People’s Wheels Awards is the ultimate leveler in the car awards stakes.  The results reflect feelings on the ground and allow all brands, regardless of inclusivity or exclusivity, to participate on an equal basis for various classes of accolades. Acceptance of a vehicle’s merits and the ‘wow’ factor it arouses within the people, rather than the size of marketing budgets, is what counts,” he says.

So, who voted for what in the 2014 poll? While full results will be revealed on Thursday, November 21 at the Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards Breakfast at the Montecasino Ballroom, Sandton, to whet your appetite here’s a list of the vehicles that voters selected as their top six nominees in each of the 30 categories.

Presented category by category in alphabetical order, they range from budget buys to family sedans, from premium class road warriors to exotic supercars, from SUVs, MPVs and crossovers to delivery vans and bakkies. The nominees are:

 

CATEGORY 1: BUDGET BUYS – AFFORDABILITY FIRST

Chevrolet Spark Lite

Citroën C1

Fiat Panda

Hyundai i10

Kia Picanto

Suzuki Alto

 

CATEGORY 2: URBAN COMMUTERS – COST-CONSCIOUS RUNABOUTS

Chevrolet Spark

Ford Figo

Honda Brio

Toyota Aygo

Toyota Etios

Volkswagen Polo Vivo

 

CATEGORY 3: MOVERS & SHAKERS – COMPACT HATCHES/SEDANS

Ford Fiesta

Hyundai i20

Kia Rio

Renault Clio

Toyota Yaris

Volkswagen Polo

 

CATEGORY 4: THE MOD SQUAD – CONTEMPORARY HATCHES/SEDANS

Audi A1/A1 Sportback

Citroën DS3

Kia Cerato

Mazda 3

Mini Cooper

Volkswagen Jetta

 

CATEGORY 5: MID-SIZED HATCHES/SEDANS – FAMILY VERSATILITY

Audi A3/A3 Sportback

BMW 1-Series

Ford Focus

Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Volkswagen Golf

Volvo V40

 

CATEGORY 6: PREMIUM CLASS ROAD WARRIORS

Audi A4

BMW 3-Series

Lexus IS

Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Subaru WRX

Volvo S60

 

CATEGORY 7: CARS FOR THE JUNIOR EXECUTIVE – BIG ON STATUS

Audi A5/A5 Sportback

Audi A6

BMW 3-Series GT

BMW 5-Series

Jaguar XF

Mercedes-Benz E-Class

 

CATEGORY 8: CARS FOR THE SENIOR EXECUTIVE – MORE STATUS STILL

Audi A8

BMW 6-Series

Jaguar XJ

Mercedes-Benz CLS

Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Porsche Panamera

 

CATEGORY 9: LUXURY AND POWER – THE CAPTAIN’S CHOICE

Aston Martin Rapide

Audi S8

Bentley Continental GT

Ferrari FF

Mercedes-Benz S-Class AMG

Rolls Royce Ghost

 

CATEGORY 10: WIND IN THE HAIR – CABRIOLETS AND CONVERTIBLES

Audi A3 Cabriolet

BMW 1-Series Convertible

Mazda MX-5 Roadster

Mini Cooper Convertible

Mini Cooper Roadster

Volkswagen Golf Cabriolet

 

CATEGORY 11: TRENDSETTERS – CABRIOLETS AND CONVERTIBLES

Audi A5 Cabrio

Audi TT Roadster

BMW Z4

Mercedes-Benz SLK

Porsche Boxster

Volkswagen Golf GTi

 

CATEGORY 12: DESIGNER LABELS – CABRIOLETS AND CONVERTIBLES

Audi RS5 Cabriolet

Audi TT RS Roadster

BMW M3 Convertible

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet

Mercedes-Benz SLK AMG

Porsche 911 Carrera Cabriolet

 

CATEGORY 13: FOR THE REALLY RICH – CABRIOLETS AND CONVERTIBLES

Aston Martin Vantage Roadster

Audi R8 Spyder

Lamborghini Aventador Roadster

Lamborghini Gallardo Spyder

McLaren MP4-12C Spider

Mercedes-Benz SL63 AMG

 

CATEGORY 14: COOL COUPES – TWO-DOOR HARD TOPS

Audi A5 Coupé

Audi TT Coupé

BMW 3-Series Coupé

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Coupé

Toyota 86

Volkswagen Scirocco

 

CATEGORY 15: HOT COUPÉS – FABULOUSLY FAST LANE

BMW M3 Coupé

Jaguar XK/XKR Coupé

Maserati Gran Turismo

Mercedes-Benz C63 AMG Coupé

Nissan GT-R

Porsche 911 Carrera

 

CATEGORY 16: DREAM MACHINES – THE SUPERCAR LEAGUE

Aston Martin V12 Vantage

Audi R8 V10 Plus

Ferrari F12 Berlinetta

Lamborghini Aventador LP 700-4

McLaren MP4-12C

Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

 

CATEGORY 17: YOUNG RACERS – AFFORDABLE HOT HATCHES

Audi S3

Ford Fiesta ST

Ford Focus ST

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Volkswagen Polo GTI

Volvo C30 T5 R-Design

 

CATEGORY 18: TRACK DAY SPECIALS – SUPER HOT HATCHES/COUPES

Audi RS5 Coupé

Audi TT RS

BMW 1-Series M Coupé

Lotus Elise

Porsche Cayman R

Volkswagen Scirocco R

 

CATEGORY 19: UPPING THE PACE – HIGH PERFORMANCE EXPRESSES

Audi S5 Sportback

BMW M5

BMW M6 Gran Coupé

Jaguar XFR

Mercedes-Benz E63 AMG

Subaru WRX STi

 

CATEGORY 20: STATION WAGONS – NEW STYLE FOR THE TRADITIONAL

Audi A4 Allroad

Audi RS4 Avant

Mercedes-Benz C-Class Estate

Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Brake

Volvo V40 Cross Country

Volvo V60

 

CATEGORY 21: COMPACT MPVs AND PEOPLE CARRIERS – FOR THE FAMILY

Mazda 5

Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Toyota Avanza

Toyota Verso

Volkswagen Caddy

Volkswagen Touran

 

CATEGORY 22: LARGE MPVs AND PEOPLE CARRIERS – FOR THE EXTENDED FAMILY

Ford Tourneo

Hyundai H-1

Mercedes-Benz Viano

Mercedes-Benz Vito

Toyota Quantum

Volkswagen T5 Kombi

 

CATEGORY 23: SUVs AND CROSSOVERS – CITY & SUBURBAN

Hyundai iX35

Jeep Compass

Kia Sportage

Nissan Qashqai

Nissan X-Trail

Volkswagen Tiguan

 

CATEGORY 24: SUVs AND CROSSOVERS – URBAN & PERI-URBAN

Audi Q3

Ford Kuga

Jeep Wrangler

Land Rover Defender

Toyota Fortuner

Toyota RAV4

 

CATEGORY 25: SUVs AND CROSSOVERS – TOWN & COUNTRY

Audi Q5

BMW X3

Jeep Grand Cherokee

Land Rover Freelander

Range Rover Evoque

Toyota Land Cruiser Prado

 

CATEGORY 26: SUVs AND CROSSOVERS – LUXURY TOURERS

Audi Q7

Land Rover Discovery

Mercedes-Benz ML

Porsche Cayenne

Range Rover

Range Rover Sport

 

CATEGORY 27: HYBRIDS – DAWN OF A NEW AGE

BMW ActiveHybrid 3

BMW ActiveHybrid 7

Mercedes-Benz E-Class Hybrid

Porsche Cayenne Hybrid

Porsche Panamera Hybrid

Toyota Prius

 

CATEGORY 28: LIGHT DELIVERY VANS – PICK ’N PACK

Ford Transit

Hyundai H-1 Panel Van

Mercedes-Benz Vito Panel Van

Toyota Quantum Panel Van

Volkswagen Caddy Panel Van

Volkswagen T5 Kombi Panel Van

 

CATEGORY 29: LIGHT LOAD LUGGERS – SINGLE CAB WORKHORSES

Chevrolet Utility

Ford Ranger

Nissan Navara King Cab

Toyota Hilux

Toyota Land Cruiser Pick Up

Volkswagen Amarok Pick Up

 

CATEGORY 30: ADVENTURE BAKKIES – FOR WORK ’N PLAY

Chevrolet Lumina Ute

Ford Ranger DC

Isuzu KB DC

Nissan Navara DC

Toyota Hilux DC

Volkswagen Amarok DC

 

To find out which cars are the winners – and which vehicle among the nominees scored the most votes overall – don’t forget to diarise breakfast at Montecasino on November 21, when all will be revealed at the Standard Bank People’s Wheels Awards 2014.

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