“The fact that these nominations are independently decided by the country’s leading female motoring journalists makes them even more meaningful.”
Renault Megane RS250 Cup (from R399 900)
Dubbed the double espresso of hot hatches by the judging panel, the Renault Megane RS250 Cup WOW factor is performance that would embarrass a sports car. Combine the stonking 184kW engine with the lightened, specially tuned Cup chassis and you have levels of performance akin to sports car of the not-too-distant-past. As for those stunning leather-clad Recaro bucket seats this one will have your other half begging you for the keys.
Renault Laguna Coup(from R499 900)
The bespoke Bose sound system boasting 10 speakers in the Renault Laguna Coup is one of the factors that wowed the panel. This executive car has been available in South Africa for two years and it is as beautiful as an ice cold glass of bubbly on a hot day. We adore the styling of this timeless beauty. It’s the Juliette Binoche of cars seductive yet stylish, understated and unusual. This is a silhouette that will never lose its appeal.
Renault Scenic (from R249 900)
With best-in-class ergonomics according to the judging panel, the new Renault Scenic is a tremendously well specified vehicle. For instance, a Carminat TomTom navigation system as well as front and rear parking sensors are now fitted as standard across the range.
Renault Sandero Stepway (from R149 900)
One of the factors that set the Renault Sandero Stepway apart from competitor models in its class is its unbeatable after-sales package, says the panel.
“The latest Sandero line-up offers space, comfort and standard features like never before. The pick of the range is undoubtedly the Stepway, which soars above its siblings like a supermodel (both in terms of looks and ride height). It comes with a 3-year/45 000km service plan and a 5-year/150 000km warranty.”
“A real wow factor for owners of Renault vehicles is that each and every one of our cars comes standard with our industry leading 5-year/ 150 000km warranty,” points out Melville. Now in its ninth year, WOW is an annual motoring supplement written by women for women and is bagged with the July 2012 issues of a selection of South Africa’s leading women’s magazines Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire and O, The Oprah Magazine as well as lifestyle publication, House and Leisure.
Via these four publications, readers are invited to cast one vote online at www.womenonwheels.co.za/category/win/ for their top car in each of the 12 categories and for their efforts, stand the chance to win a Mini One valued at R198 000. The closing date for voting is 31 August and winners will be notified in September.
“With dealer channel sales up 18% on 2011 Renault’s had a great year so far and, with four of our cars now independently validated in their vehicle categories by the WOW judges, it’s a great start to the second half of 2012,” she concludes.