PRETORIA, South Africa – CAR magazine has revealed its Top 12 Best Buys for 2014 and Ford has walked away with a number of accolades. Among the most prestigious of the awards, Ford was named the Company of the Year by the respected South African publication.
Ford also walked away with a number of product accolades. The 1.0-litre EcoBoost engine found in the Fiesta and the EcoSport took top honours as the Engine of the Year having already been named the International Engine of the Year by a panel of automotive journalists from Europe in 2012 and 2103.
The much lauded Fiesta ST was named the Best Hot Hatch while the Tourneo Custom was named the Best Large MPV by the publication. The new Ford EcoSport emerged as the people’s favourite in the Light SUV /Crossover segment taking the title of the Readers’ Choice.
“We are thrilled to receive such high praise from the much-respected team at CAR magazine but also from the readers of the long-running publication,” said Ford Marketing Manager Gavin Golightly.
Ford walked away with two further awards: the Kuga taking the number one slot in the Compact SUV/ Crossover category and the Ranger taking the honours in the Double Cab Bakkie category for the third year running. The Figo placed third in the Budget Car category while the EcoSport also took third place in its category. The Fiesta, Focus hatchback and Focus Sedan all received mentions as cars to consider.
“These awards demonstrate the growing appeal of Ford’s continually expanding line-up of cars. Ford sales grew an incredible 39.3% in 2013 off the back of a spate of new model introductions. The new Fiesta, Transit and Tourneo, Fiesta ST, Kuga and EcoSport all made their way into showrooms across the country during 2013 and we are pleased to see that they have been so well embraced,” concluded Golightly.
CAR’s 2014 instalment of its annual Top 12 best buys will be the 15th time the magazine has published its list of top candidates in the local automotive industry. The CAR team’s overall selections will be unveiled in the March 2014 issue, which went on sale from Monday, 24 February.