At a glittering gala dinner, held at Emperorâ€™s Palace, Gauteng on Tuesday night, the Volvo XC90 has been named the 2016 WesBank / SAGMJ Car of the Year (COTY).
Taking top honours at the prestigious event, the XC90 is only the second Volvo to win Car of the Year in the competition’s 31-year history and adds to the XC90’s long list of international awards, the total of which now exceeds 60. Other significant awards include the Womenâ€™s World Car of the Year, North American Truck of the Year, European Car of the Year, Best SUV (Scottish Car of the Year) and Icelandic Car of the Year awards.
â€œWe are absolutely delighted with our victory,â€ commented Volvo Car South Africa Managing Director, Greg Maruszewski. â€œWith the all-new XC90, we are not only re-writing the rules of a post-modern luxury driving experience but reinventing our brand as well. Our ethos, â€˜Made by Swedenâ€™, expresses our intrinsic Scandinavian roots, love for people, heritage and attitude to building some of the worldâ€™s most desirable â€“ and safest â€“ luxury vehicles.â€
Judged by a panel of 26 motoring journalists, 12 finalist cars awarded points and scored on a variety of categories including interior design & practicality, exterior aesthetics, safety & technology, performance, handling & dynamics, efficiency, value for money and overall excellence.
Since its introduction, both locally and internationally, the all-new XC90 has wowed customers as well as shifting beliefs as to what a modern full-sized SUV blending supreme luxury and genuine frugality.
Powered by new-generation 2.0-litre turbocharged Drive-E petrol and diesel engines, which are mated to an 8-speed Geartronic automatic gearbox, the XC90 mixes Swedish luxury and classy, minimalistic design with unparalleled road manners and efficient driving dynamics.
Volvoâ€™s all-new Sensus Connect infotainment system, which is presented as a 9-inch tablet-like touch screen interface, is also setting new precedents for design and functionality thanks to its intuitive usability and long list of functions.