The Volvo S90 took the second position while the Alfa Romeo Giulia grabbed third place. The Panamera was among the 10 vehicles vying for this year’s coveted title.
Some of the other finalists revealed by the South African Guild of Motoring Journalists included the Audi Q5, BMW 5 Series, Kia Picanto, Land Rover Discovery, Peugeot 3008, Suzuki Ignis, and Toyota C-HR.
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The Panamera emerged as the winner following a two-day rigorous testing programme in Gauteng earlier this year to put the aforementioned vehicles through their paces.
This year’s competition was reportedly one of the most hotly contested, which required the competition’s 26 jury members to judiciously apply their minds.
When the scores had been tallied and the results vetted by a team of independent auditors, the Panamera emerged the winner by just 3,3% to beat the second-placed Volvo S90.
The Alfa Romeo Giulia which came in third, trailing by 1.18%, while the Suzuki Ignis was not far off in fourth, 0,4% behind. The top four cars were collectively separated by only 5%.
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2018 WesBank SA Car of the Year Finalists
Alfa Romeo Giulia
BMW 5 Series
Land Rover Discovery