Dear Dealer Partners,

We are pleased to inform you that the FIT 1.5 Elegance and Civic Type R have both been announced as FINALISTS for the 2023/24 Consumer Awards. The categories that these vehicles are nominated in include Compact Hatch (R350 000 to R500 000) and Performance Car (Below R1 million) respectively.

Leading online motoring portal announced the 39 finalists of the 2023/24 Consumer Awards yesterday. Now in its seventh iteration, the CarsAwards — or #CarsAwards, as it is widely known on social media — annually recognises the best purchasing propositions in 13 respective segments of the domestic new-vehicle market.

Each of the 39 finalists (three per category) will now be subjected to back-to-back testing at the renowned Gerotek in Gauteng by the combined judging panel (the editorial team members and respected guest judges from various backgrounds and fields of expertise) on 2 and 3 November 2023.

The 20 judges’ scores for each of the 39 finalists will only count for 50% of the final standings, however. The other 50% will be based on rankings that the respective vehicle brands represented by the finalists achieved in the Ownership Satisfaction Survey. The data incorporates feedback from thousands of vehicle owners, based on their experiences of their vehicles (less than four years old and serviced through franchised outlets).