Renault Sandero Expression scoops budget car of the year


Renault Sandero Expression scoops budget car of the year


The Cars.co.za Consumer Awards was established to be the most prestigious, credible and influential awards programme in the South African motor industry.
Cars.co.za’s awards programme has a multi-faceted judging process, based on inputs from four members of the experienced editorial team and three highly respected external jurors (non-motoring journalists, who were selected for their analytical ability). The combined jury allocated scores to the three finalists in each category based on their assessments from a test day (on which all vehicles were compared back-to-back), as well as comprehensive feedback from thousands of South African new vehicle owners who participated in the Cars.co.za’s Owner Satisfaction Survey, as well as statistics supplied by leading automotive industry data specialists, Lightstone Auto.Best value for money In order to have been eligible for this category, contenders had to meet the following criteria: a list price  of R150 000 or less  at the time of semi-finalist voting (June 22 2015), including the cost of any of the following features (if they were optional): ABS, dual front airbags and a service plan. The most important judging factors were: fuel economy, value for money, practicality and brand strength.“The Sandero is modern and solid offering. Despite its keen price, its till manages to maintain excellent levels of standard safety equipment and in-car entertainment.”—  Ashley OldfieldThe Cars.co.zaConsumer Awards judging processThe Cars.co.za Consumer Awards is different to other automotive-themed award programmes in a number of ways… The Cars.co.za editorial team considered each and every model in the new vehicle market —candidates were evaluated as individual models and not as parts of complete model line-ups. What’s more, candidates were eligible for an award irrespective of when they were launched.The importance of incorporating consumer inputThe Cars.co.za Owner Satisfaction Survey, developed in association with leading automotive data specialists Lightstone Consumer,incorporated feedback from thousands of South African owners (of vehicles newer than five years old), who rated their own cars for reliability, after-sales service, cost of ownership and general satisfaction. This credible, invaluable consumer input, allied with resale value data per vehicle brand supplied by the Auto division of Lightstone,allowed the jurors to adjust their final scores to reflect consumers’experiences as well as vehicle brands’ market performance.“There are many awards programmes out there that claim public participation, but what we mean when we talk of consumer input, is not a popular voting mechanism,”said Cars.co.za Consumer Experience Manager Hannes Oosthuizen. “We didn’t want a ‘beauty pageant’… we wanted real, credible input, and the only way to do thatis for the public to give us their views on the cars they know best — the ones they own. The only way the public can impact the results of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards is by completing our survey, done in partnership with Lightstone Consumer.”The results of the Cars.co.za Consumer Awards were verified by respected auditing firm KPMG.

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