The Opel Astra 1.4 Turbo Enjoy has been crowned the 2017 Wesbank/South African Guild of Motoring Journalists South African Car of the Year, seeing off eight other runners, including the Audi A4, Honda Civic, Hyundai Tucson, Jaguar F-Pace, Renault Kadjar, Toyota Fortuner, Volkswagen Passat and Volkswagen Tiguan. The announcement, which took place at the Kyalami Racetrack in Gauteng, was attended by motor industry heads and media, and many, including the Business Day Motor News team, had our firm favourites ahead of the official announcement. We had our sights firmly on the Volkswagen Tiguan, but it was not to be. In the end, the Opel Astra clinched the prestigious accolade, to triple Opel’s victories since the inception of the competition back in 1986. The brand’s first win came in 1993 when the Kadett romped to first place, followed the next year by the Astra. The new Astra came to the competition having already clinched the 2016 European Car of the Year award, so perhaps it should ...

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