Friday, January 24, 2014
Mazda6, Ford Ranger Wildtrak Bag Philippine Car of the Year, Truck of the Year Respectively
Testing for Car of the Year - Philippines and Truck of the Year - Philippines is done and dusted, and who came out with top honors? It comes as no big surprise as the Mazda’s executive sedan offering, the 6 walked away with the highly-coveted Car of the Year – Philippines (CoTY – P) while the Ford redeemed itself with Truck of the Year – Philippines (ToTY – P) as its Ranger Wildtrak scooped the other top prize of the night.
Aside from winning Car of the Year – Philippines, the Mazda6 also won for best Executive Car while the CX-5 cornered the Compact Crossover and Wagon categories in both 2WD and AWD with the 2.0 Pro and 2.5 AWD Sport winning respectively. Ford is the only other multiple winner in the major categories with the Fiesta Titanium 4DR winning Premium Subcompact of the Year.
“Voting for the 2013-2014 COTY-P and TOTY-P was tough. The continually increasing improvements, value and competitiveness each new model brought to their respective classes made discerning between standout and mid-pack very difficult,” said Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) President Ferman Lao.
The complete list of winners:
Best Subcompact of the Year – Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GLX M/T
Best Subcompact of the Year – Hyundai Accent CRDi M/T
Best Premium Subcompact of the Year – Ford Fiesta Titanium 4DR
Best Sportscar of the Year – Honda CR-Z Modulo M/T
Best Compact Crossover and Wagon of the Year 2WD – Mazda CX-5 2.0 Pro
Best Compact Crossover and Wagon of the Year AWD – Mazda CX-5 2.5 AWD Sport
Best Mid-sized Crossover and Wagon of the Year – Kia Sorento LX CRDi 2WD
Best Premium Crossover and Wagon of the Year – Volvo V40
Best Sport Utility Vehicle of the Year – Chevrolet Trailblazer 4x2 A/T
Best 4x2 Pick-Up of the Year – Isuzu D-MAX LS 4x2 A/T
Best 4x4 Pick-Up of the Year – Ford Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak
Best Van of the Year – Foton View Traveler
CAGI Motorsports Award – Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc. (Hyundai Lateral Drift Series)
Speedlab Tuner’s Choice Award – Honda CR-Z
Bosch Technical Innovation Award – BYD F5
AAP Road Safety Award – Volvo S60 T6 Polestar
Manila International Auto Show Show and Go Award – Subaru BRZ
Filinvest Lifestyle Award – MINI Paceman Cooper S
Caltex with Techron Green Award – Kia Carens
In other news, CoTY – P organizers, CAGI or the Car Awards Group, Inc., announced further plans for 2014 including a fuel economy benchmark with Caltex in February as well as a major celebration at the Manila International Auto Show in April.