Steps are well underway to announce the 2016 winners of the 21st annual SAVRALA MOTY (Manufacturer Of The Year), to be announced at a gala ceremony in Johannesburg on 21 October.

South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) car rental members are currently completing their second round of voting to nominate their top contenders.

The first round, conducted in March, rewarded the top five manufacturers being Audi, BMW, Hyundai, Toyota and Volkswagen. In this group, the top three were separated by only three points which can easily change the overall scores winners when round two is completed.  Similar to previous years, it again highlights the competitiveness and increased focus on customer service by the various manufacturers.

In contrast to many other car surveys, this award is based on customers scoring their automotive suppliers on a series of objective criteria which include B-BBEE levels, value for money (e.g: vehicle resale, maintenance and cost of parts), vehicle security, communication and support. A new feature of the survey introduced last year was the distribution to each manufacturer  the actual scores received by each of the car rental companies. The scoring process by car rental companies is therefore completely transparent to each manufacturer.

Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) has for six consecutive years won the accolade of car rental winner, but last year saw VWSA’s competitors all move together to close the gap on VWSA. It is expected that this year’s final scores will be as close, given that last year’s results and feedback will have highlighted opportunities for improvement for each competing manufacturer.

Last year’s award also saw a mere 0.1 difference in score between Audi SA and Toyota South Africa Motors which swopped podium places, with Audi taking home silver. The Most Improved Award went to BMW SA which leaped to 7th place.

“This year’s MOTY process has entered Round 2 of voting with an online questionnaire distributed to rental members, the results of which will be added to Round 1 to determine the MOTY winners. We will not be surprised if the winning margin is less than a point,” says SAVRALA GM Sandile Ntseoane.

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Volkswagen South Africa wins 2015 Motor Manufacturer Award

p2910SavralaVW-001JOHANNESBURG, OCTOBER 23, 2015 – Volkswagen South Africa (VWSA) wins the SAVRALA MOTY (Manufacturer Of The Year) award for the sixth consecutive year.

Celebrating its 20th year, the SAVRALA 2015 Manufacturer of the Year was revealed during a gala award ceremony at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton tonight, 23 October. Incredibly, for six consecutive years, Volkswagen South Africa (VW) took the accolade of overall car rental winner yet again.

Commenting on this achievement, SAVRALA President Marc Corcoran applauded VWSA’s remarkable achievement and said that one had no choice but to respect the consistent and recognised high levels of service given by VWSA to the car rental industry. “An important insight from this year’s data is the improved scores by almost all automotive brands, demonstrating the competitive nature of the industry,” he added.

RIC_5809-VW-2-001The MOTY 2015 results further reveal that VWSA has gained a distinct advantage over its peers in the key survey category of Communication and Support.

The competitive nature of this year’s MOTY awards was best demonstrated by the 0.1 difference in score between Audi SA and Toyota South Africa Motors which swopped podium places, with Audi taking home silver this year.

Illustrating the extent of how some automotive companies have focused special attention on their car rental customers, the Most Improved Award went to BMW SA which leaped from 11th place last year to 7th this year achieving a phenomenal 17% increase in their 2015 score.

Addressing concerns by some automotive brands that they are at a disadvantage when competing against their larger-volume peers in the car rental industry, a new award called Tutuka was created and won by Audi SA. “The performance of Audi this year clearly demonstrates that winning MOTY is not merely a function of the volumes sold to the car rental industry, but also of satisfying customer needs,” said SAVRALA GM Sandile Ntseoane.

The Value Award in its first year was a tight contest, but was won by Ford SA which, by the narrowest of margins, beat VWSA. Commenting further Marc said this ‘’was an important award as the cost of vehicle ownership is a key consideration for any fleet purchase, whether a corporate fleet or individual purchaser.’’

MOTY 2015 also acknowledged the role of certain individuals the car rental industry:

  • Best Account Executive was won by David Maeko (Ford SA)
  • Best Manufacturer’s Technical Representative was won by Bennita Senyatsi (Nissan SA)

The MOTY evening also saw industry stakeholders recognise the remarkable service given by Dawn Jones, Imperial Car Rental CEO, who leaves the industry next month after 35 years.

“Dawn leaves behind an incredible legacy that few could even imagine achieving. Ever the shrewd car rental operator, Dawn had a remarkable, innate skill in developing warm relationships with her colleagues, customers and competitors. The industry thanks her for contribution and wishes her well in her future endeavours,” concluded Marc.


Overall Bronze
Toyota South Africa Motors

Overall Silver
Audi South Africa

Overall Gold
Volkswagen South Africa

Best Account Executive
David Maeko (Ford SA)

Best Manufacturer’s Technical Representative
Bennita Senyatsi Nissan (SA)

Most Improved
BMW SA Group

Value Award (Certificate)
Ford (SA)

Tutuka Award
Audi South Africa

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2014 MOTY Winners


Volkswagen sweeps the board and takes Gold

Volkswagen sweeps the board and takes Gold at the 2014 Manufacturer of The Year (MOTY) Awards

SAVRALA extends their congratulations to all 2014 MOTY winners:

Overall Manufacturer of the Year Award:

  • Gold: Volkswagen South Africa
  • Silver: Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze: Hyundai South Africa
  • Most Improved Overall: Honda (Pty) Ltd

Manufacturer of the Year: Rental

  • Gold: Volkswagen South Africa
  • Silver: Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze: Audi SA
  • Most Improved Rental: Hyundai (Pty) Ltd

Manufacturer of the Year: Leasing

  • Gold: Volkswagen South Africa
  • Silver: Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd
  • Bronze: General Motors South Africa
  • Most Improved Leasing: Honda (Pty) Ltd

Best Account Executive

  • Leasing: Queen Ramaliwa (Volkswagen South Africa)
  • Rental: Faan Fourie (Toyota SA Motors (Pty) Ltd

Best Technical Representative:

  • Leasing: Lutendo Mudau (Volkswagen South Africa)
  • Rental: Lutendo Mudau (Volkswagen South Africa)

The Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association’s (SAVRALA) much coveted overall Manufacturer of The Year (MOTY) Awards were held this past Friday, 24 October, in a glamorous gala event in Sandton, Johannesburg. Once again, incredibly, Volkswagen walked away with the highest honours again. Volkswagen have now won this prestigious award consecutively since 2010.

SAVRALA President, Marc Corcoran acknowledged what was achieved and said “Volkswagen should be proud of the consistent accolades given from their major fleet customers in such difficult and competitive trading conditions.”

This year, SAVRALA and its guests were truly honoured to have had the Minister of Transport, Dipuo Peters attend the event and give the key note address. While the Minister addressed many aspects of the automotive industry, and some of the challenges the industry and the country faces in terms of the road infrastructure and funding, a key highlight was an invitation from the Minister to engage directly on the various issues affecting their members.

SAVRALA President Marc Corcoran, responded warmly and added that “the industry had recently resolved to try and engage more directly with several key strategic Government departments and had identified the Department of Transport as a priority. The timing of this invitation is perfect and we look forward to making a positive contribution” he said. “As a member of the Tourism Business Council South Africa (TBCSA), SAVRALA had previously engaged with Government via the National Department of Tourism, however, we concluded that a more direct engagement with the National Department of Transport was more desirable to progress transport specific matters. We look forward to discussing a broad range of issue from infrastructure funding, road safety, law enforcement and the role of SAVRALA within the broader transport sector.

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