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WOW 2011 Car of the Year winners announced

South African women choose their favourite cars

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

Best-Value-for-Money Car of the Year
The winner of this category was decided by the panel of judges, comparing the price of the car with what the car has to offer. All finalists in the other categories were automatically entered. The winner of this award this year is the Hyundai Sonata.

More about WOW
WOW is South Africa’s premier female motoring supplement, a handbag-sized annual filled with the latest in motoring-industry trends, comprehensive car reviews by editor Charleen Clarke, and more. WOW was distributed with the July issues of Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, House and Leisure and O, The Oprah Magazine. Now in its eighth year, WOW has established itself as the definitive motoring guide for women, by women, showcasing cars for every lifestyle and budget and reaching 1,8 million readers.

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