GAA assesses vehicles across the different categories recognized by consumers and the automotive industry alike. Each vehicle is reviewed and tested against vehicles in the same category to ensure relevance, comparability and a focus on the needs and wants of potential buyers.
Listed below are the various categories
1. BEST MICRO CAR
A small city which seats a driver and four passenger with cylinder engine not more than 1200cc..
2. BEST CITY CAR OF THE YEAR
Cars within 1.5 to 1.8 liter capacity
3. BEST SPORTS CAR
Vehicles which prioritize acceleration and handling with spirited performance and maneuverability. Its capacity must not be below 3.5 litres
4. BEST SUV
Vehicles with light on or off-road capability. A Sports Utility Vehicle. It includes towing capacity equipped with a four wheel drive.
5. GREEN CAR OF THE YEAR
An environmentally friendly vehicle which produces less harmful impacts to the environment than conventional internal combusting engine vehicles running on gasoline or diesel. Nomination must include certification from manufacturer.
6. LUXURIOUS CAR OF THE YEAR
A Premium car and powerful with Six- Twelve cylinder engine with high end standard features.
7. ECONOMY CAR OF THE YEAR
A small city car inexpensive to run and inexpensive in pricing to the average Ghanaian buyer.
8. BEST FAMILY CAR
Vehicle seating 5-7 passengers with large booths and cargo space. It must be suitable to carry whole family locally or on vacations. Vehicles must be specious .They can be hatch backs or sedan. Vehicles configured to prioritize passenger and cargo volumes
9. BEST 4 BY 4
Vehicle with 4 axle angles or multiple wheels features which transmits power to all four wheels rather than two wheel drive.
10. CAR COMPANY OF THE YEAR
The Award goes to companies marketing and selling vehicles. Companies must have extended customer service relationship, show proof of growth rate, sales volumes, employee development, CSR and after sales service opportunities
11. HEAVY TRUCK OF THE YEAR
A heavy truck weighing 12000kg or more and above engineered to carry large liters of water , cargo, construction materials.
12. BEST INTERIOR
Looks and fine placement of vehicle features inside a car. A designed concept functional yet attractive .From fabric, carpeting and location of gauges on the instrument panel, ashtrays, cap holders, GPS, Bluetooth etc…
13. SAFETY AWARD OF THE YEAR
Vehicles designed to minimize the occurrence of accidents or protect automobile users and passengers and driver’s with technology wired around the seat belts , padded dashboard, light, and signals, mirrors, brakes steering and suspension. Vehicles made to reduce severity of injuries. Features include reverse camera, sleep controls, ABS, Tyre pressure monitoring, Bluetooth’s, reverse back up sensors.
14. TRACKING DEVICE OF THE YEAR
Device with friendly and smart security features built to find car, stop engine, mostly preferred by consumers. Warranty is an added advantage
15. EXCELLENCE IN CORPORATE SOCIAL RESPONSIBILITY
This award illuminates the ever important convergence company values. Rather than an obligation, CSR is a voluntary commitment. The CSR Awards will recognize the organization that best demonstrates leadership, commitment to action and real-world impacts from across its business. The decision-makers will seek a high-performing organization that has evidenced its positive influence on surrounding communities,
16. BEST PERFORMANCE
Customer response and appreciation of value for money and fuel consumption
17. BEST PICK-UP OF THE YEAR
A light duty truck with an open rear cargo enclosure.
18. CAR OF THE YEAR
Adjudged by the auto engineers and results from consumer results after the Test Drive Festival
19. BEST NEW TECHNOLOGY AWARD
The award looks at engine noise level, safety technology, self cruising , handling, navigations, alarm, security features etc
20. BEST TYRE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
The brand is measured by product strength, operational longetivity, warranty, risk and brand value by users
21. MINI TRUCK OF THE YEAR
Midium sized but practical light trucks available in RWD or 4WD version with low tonnage cargo delivery
22. BEST DESIGN OF THE YEAR
The ergonomics and the physical appearance of the car . The functional design, aesthetics and product concept
23. BEST SERVICE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Category is based on logistics available, experienced auto engines. Company may be involved car diagnostics, spraying, body repairs, auto parts dealership, car servicing etc
24. BEST AUTO FINANCE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Based on the availability, interest rates and the number of years /period for payment.
25. BEST AUTO INSURANCE COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Based on affordability, value of services and responsiveness
26. BEST ONLINE AUTO MARKET
A patronized portal for selling and buying cars. A portal with auto review and relevant car information is an advantage
27. BRAND OF THE YEAR
Leading brands in the consumer mind. Ranked by consumer perceptions based on safety, quality, performance value for money, fuel economy technology.
28. SPECIAL AWARDS
This awards are conferred on individuals who have immensely contributed to the automotive industry
29. LUBRICANT PRODUCT OF THE YEAR
This award’s main industry focus is on the quality of a particular lubricant and its fuel efficiency. The public patronage will be taken into consideration as well. The Award will take into consideration annual distribution. Contamination control, technology, reliability and continuous improvement forms part of the criteria.
30. TRANSPORTATION COMPANY OF THE YEAR
Transportation companies using vehicles designed to minimize the occurrence of accidents or protect automobile users passengers and drivers. Transportation companies operating a large fleet of cars/trucks/cargo. Entries for this Award should outline the range of initiatives that the operator has been involved to improve health, safety and quality, services and facilities together with results that have been achieved. Figures on performance, reliability, passenger growth and customer satisfaction would be helpful.