n Monday WesBank announced that the multi-talented TV presenter, radio personality and businesswoman Bonang Matheba will be hosting the 2020 Cars Wards powered by WesBank.
The Cars Awards are taking place this Thursday and you can watch live and set a reminder by clicking [HERE] or watch below when the Cars Awards are live.
Catch Queen B live on YouTube Cars.co.za Channel on Thursday from 7:30 pm (CAT).
The 39 finalists (3 in each of 13 categories) of the 2019/20 Cars.co.za Consumer Awards have been announced. They were selected out of 65 vehicles that Cars.co.za’s extended editorial team agreed were the best derivates available in the South African new passenger vehicle market on 1 September 2019.
The Cars Awards – now in its 5th year – was conceived to be South Africa’s definitive automotive awards program and it has steadily grown in stature, reach and influence with the support of WesBank, South Africa’s largest vehicle finance provider. The 13 category winners and Brand of the Year recipient will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony in Johannesburg in February 2020.
To determine the finalists, Cars Awards’ extended editorial team trimmed the list of semi-finalists from 5 to 3 contenders per category by scoring each of them against specific pillars of success. As a result, 17 brands are represented in the list of finalists, with Volkswagen leading the nominations with 7 derivatives, followed by BMW, Ford, and Toyota (4 apiece), Mazda and Suzuki (3 apiece).
Significantly, fledgling Chinese SUV brand Haval makes its first appearances in the final stage of the Cars Awards, while Jaguar and Land Rover returns to the list after failing to make the last round in 2018/19.
Because candidates were selected from the entire new passenger-vehicle market (as opposed to only models launched during the past 12 months), there are eight defending category winners among the finalists, including the Mercedes-Benz A-Class, Toyota Fortuner, Volvo XC60, Volkswagen Polo, Amarok and Arteon, Range Rover Velar and Suzuki Swift, although in the case of the latter two, in different derivatives to last year.