The Cars.co.za Consumer Awards, powered by Wesbank has quickly grown to become one of the benchmarks when it comes to quality within the South African automotive industry. Now in its third year, the awards ceremony saw 39 finalists battle it out for the top spot. Spoiler alert – Suzuki defended its Brand of the Year title successfully and thus holds back-to-back victories in this category.
As an upcoming Japanese brand know for quality and excellence in everything we do, it was clear that one victory would not be enough to distinguish ourselves from the pack. Two other vehicles from the Suzuki stable gladly stepped up to the plate and delivered in spades
The Suzuki Ignis was awarded with the title of Budget Car of the Year. The winner of this category represents as much good car as possible for the asking price. Value is very important, as are low running costs and all such “common sense” considerations.
Lastly the Suzuki Vitara got to enjoy its own moment by winning Compact Family Car of the Year. With household budgets stretched to breaking point, the reasonably affordable modern-day family car has to wear many hats – from compact traffic dodger, to spacious school-run specialist and even weekend getaway machine. Practicality and spaciousness are important considerations, but so are safety, technology, fuel efficiency and a modicum of lifestyle flexibility.
Can Suzuki make it three-in-a-row in 2018? Only time will tell.