Saturday, November 14, 2015

UPDATED: CAGI Reveals 2015 Car of the Year - Philippines and 2015 Truck of the Year - Philippines

UPDATE 1: The post is updated with the official Press Release from CAGI (11/22).

The Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) has finally unveiled the much-awaited winners of the 2015 Car of the Year – Philippines and 2015 Truck of the Year – Philippines at a formal awards ceremony held at the Fontana Leisure Parks & Casino in Clark Field, Pampanga.

Besting a field of more than 63 cars, the Mazda2 Skyactiv emerged as this year’s 2015 Car of the Year – Philippines. Meanwhile, the 2015 Truck of the Year – Philippines honors went to the Nissan NP300 Navara.

The Mazda2 Skyactiv’s win comes as no surprise as the sub-compact sedan/hatchback has already won the accolade in its home market of Japan where it scooped up the 2014-2015 Car of the Year honors. Meanwhile, it’s indication for the NP300 Navara who declared an all-out “pickup wars” at its launch early this year.

With results audited by R.G. Manabat & Co., the Philippine partnership and a part of the KPMG network, the Car Awards Group, Inc. also released the 22 category winners, namely:
  • 4x2 SUV – Ford Everest Trend 2.2L 4x2 A/T
  • 4x4 SUV – Ford Everest Titanium 3.2L 4x4 A/T
  • Basic Subcompact – Suzuki Celerio GL 1.0 M/T
  • Compact Car – Kia Forte Koup 2-door
  • Compact Crossover SUV – Honda HR-V 1.8 EL CVT
  • Compact MPV – Honda Mobilio 1.5V CVT
  • Crossover SUV – Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport
  • Luxury Crossover SUV – Lexus NX 200t F-Sport
  • Luxury MPV – Honda Odyssey 2.4L EX-V Navi
  • Luxury Sedan – Jaguar XE 2.0
  • High-Performance Sports Car – Lexus RC-F
  • Midsized Car – Mazda6 Sports Wagon
  • Premium Sedan – Volvo S60 D4 Polestar
  • Premium Sports Car – Ford Mustang 5.0L V8 GT Premium
  • Sports Car – Mazda MX-5 M/T
  • Sports Hatchback – Volkswagen Golf GTI
  • Sports Sedan – Subaru WRX 2.0 M/T
  • Subcompact Car – Mazda2 Skyactiv R 4DR
  • Subcompact Crossover SUV – Nissan Juke
  • Ultraluxury Car – Rolls-Royce Wraith
  • Ultraluxury Sports Car – Ferrari California T
  • 4x2 Pickup – Nissan NP300 Navara 2.5L 4x2 EL 7AT
  • 4x4 Pickup – Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2 4x4 A/T
Press Release:
CAGI Names Mazda2 and Nissan Navara as 2015 Car and Truck of the Year - Philippines

After months of preparations and four Testfests, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI), the country’s premier automotive award-giving body, has named the Mazda 2 the 2015 Car of the Year-Philippines (COTY-P) and the Nissan Navara the Truck of the Year-Philippines (TOTY-P). The announcement was made at the CAGI Gala Awards Night last November 13, 2015 held at the Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks & Casino in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.

The overall Car of the Year title was awarded to the Mazda 2 Skyactiv R 4-door, which also won the Best Subcompact Car category. It outshined all the other 65 nominees that vied for the top award, beating them for its merits in performance, aesthetics, driving experience, and price just to name a few. The last Mazda to get the award was the Mazda 6 that won in 2013 - 2014.

Meanwhile, the Nissan NP300 Navara 2.5L 4x2 EL 7AT Calibre earned the Truck of the Year - Philippines award, besting its competitors in the highly contested truck wars. The same variant topped the 4x2 Pickup category, while the all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L 4x4 AT took home the best 4x4 Pickup award.

As for the other winners in the car categories, the Suzuki Celerio GL 1.0L MT was named as the Basic Subcompact Car of the Year, while the Kia Forte Koup 2-door Sedan received the Best Compact Car of the Year award. The Mazda 6 Sports Wagon won the Best Midsized Car category, the Volvo S60 D4 Polestar in the Best Premium Sedan segment, and the Jaguar XE 2.0 as the Best Luxury Sedan.

This year's awards also saw a large number of crossovers and MPVs on the entry list. Top honors in the Best Subcompact Crossover SUV category went to the Nissan Juke, the Best Compact Crossover SUV to the Honda HR-V 1.8L EL CVT, while the Best Crossover SUV award was given to the Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport. But the most extravagant of them all is the Lexus NX 200t F-Sport that took home the trophy as the Best Luxury Crossover SUV of the Year. The MPV categories, on the hand, was a clean sweep by Honda who won both the Compact MPV and Luxury MPV of the Year with the Mobilio 1.5V CVT and Odyssey 2.4L EX-V Navi, respectively, while Ford took home both the 4x2 and 4x4 SUV categories with the Everest Trend 2.2L 4x2 AT, and Everest Titanium 3.2 4x4 AT variants.

The most exciting vehicles that entered the 2015 COTY-PH awards, however, were the sports and luxury cars. The Volkswagen Golf GTI, Subaru WRX 2.0 MT, and Mazda MX-5 MT were the big winners in the Best Sports Hatch, Best Sports Sedan, and Best Sports Car categories. Then there were the big muscle cars from Ford and Lexus with the Mustang 5.0 V8 GT Premium taking the Best Premium Sports Car award and the RC-F taking the Best High Performance Sports Car.  Finally, the extravagant pair of the Rolls Royce Wraith and Ferrari California T was this year's Ultra-luxury Car and Sports Cars of the Year.

Established in 2004, the Car Awards Group, Inc. is the longest-running organization of motoring journalists in the country today. Since its incorporation, the group has strived to find the best vehicles in the country through independent, and comprehensive testing. CAGI’s testing and scoring process is composed of qualitative and quantitative criteria, plus other factors such as safety features and pricing compared to its competitors. The COTY-P and TOTY-P award isn’t just about who is the biggest, strongest, and fastest, but who offers the most complete package.

“CAGI has completed the most thorough and critical consumer-oriented vehicle review process in the country. We tested 78 cars and trucks from the 2015 model year, involved roughly 1,500 testdrives over 4 days. To all the car manufacturers and distributors who fielded an entry in this year’s COTY Awards, we highly appreciate your trust and confidence for allowing us to test and scrutinize your cars. Above all, thank you for supporting the objective of the COTY Awards to raise consumer awareness,” said Robby Consunji, president of the Car Awards Group, Inc.

“On behalf of CAGI, I would like to thank all our sponsors who helped us out this season, with a special mention of our event partner, the audit firm KPMG R.G. Manabat & Company who was instrumental in refining the process and methodology of the COTY Awards. They were also the ones who tabulated the votes and conducted an independent validation of the scores that led to this year’s batch of winners. We would like to thank our event partner Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks and Casino for graciously hosting our Testfests, as well as our gala awards night, and to our co-presenter for their trust and support,” he added.

Aside from the category winners, our valued sponsors also gave out special awards to deserving winners. 
  • Speedlab Tuner's Choice Award: 2015 Mazda MX-5 M/T 
  • Manila International Auto Show Design Award: 2015 Aston Martin V12 Vantage S
  • Fontana Luxury Lifestyle Award: 2015 Rolls Royce Wraith
  • CAGI Safety Award: 2015 Ford Everest Titanium 3.2L 4x4 AT
  • Bose Sound Excellence Award: 2015 Mazda 6 Sports Wagon
  • AirAsia Philippines Consumer Award: 2015 Suzuki Celerio GL 1.0L AT
  • HitchPro Outdoor Lifestyle Award: 2015 Land Rover Discovery Sport


  1. Mukhang hindi sinama ang Toyota nito. Or, nawala na ba ang Toyota magic? Bokya in any category.

    1. Probably early or middle of 2000's toyota pero got already caught up an times have change

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    3. Toyota is resting on its laurels. The rest are playing catch-up and look where they are now. That's why you don't see the Toyota badge.

  2. I wonder what's their criteria for choosing the winners. The amount of money (A.K.A. pampadulas) they received from the car companies perhaps?

  3. Couldn't believe tinalo ng Mazda CX5 AWD ang Subaru Forester XT.

    1. This is the second time the Forester got beaten by the CX-5. The first one was in 2013.

    2. I guess Mazda is wealthier than Subaru.

    3. All over the world the CX5 is better reviewed than forester. They are both excellent cars, but the skyactiv technology just makes Mazda's current lineup, 2, 3, 6, CX5, and MX5 makes it a bit more special than their contemporaries.

    4. ^This guy shouldn't be granted access to the internet. He's a special child. Look at his facebook profile. Your parents should restrict your actions because you're not normal.

  4. How amusing that everyone automatically assumes CAGI received a payoff. What a jaded bunch. Toyota has simply been underwhelming the past couple of years while Mazda has come out with quality offerings. I pretty much agree with the winners here. And no, I'm not from CAGI or Mazda.

  5. Hoy mga tanga magbasa kayo ng foreign reviews like caranddriver, motor trend or topgear uk. Di nyo mahahanap sa top 5 yung minamahal nyong toyota. Oo #1 siya worldwide but thats bec they make cars that are like appliances.

  6. This just validates Car and Driver's 2015 ranking involving Mazda vehicles:
    Best Compact Crossover : Mazda CX5
    Best Compact Car: Mazda 3 ( although tinalo sya ng kia forte koup sa CAGI)
    Best Subcomact : Scion iA (which is a rebadged mazda 2 sedan)
    Best Family Sedan: #2 Mazda 6, after Honda accord
    And of course the MX5
    That's pretty impressive for a company that has a small number of vehicle types. Wala na lang dito are the new CX3 and the upcoming CX9.

    1. Actually the Mazda 3 wasn't able to join in mainly because it didn't have any mechanical changes for this model year. Then again, I would have included the Mazda3 Speed because it's substantially upgraded from a regular Mazda3.

      Anyway, there's always next year for the Mazda3 :-)

    2. Kaya pala. Pag nakasali pala ang mazda 3 sa 2015 roundup, malamang panalo rin :) 2016 would be difficult though, maganda na yung latest gen honda civic. At least, if we get the latest tech, and not the carried over engines from the previous generation.

  7. How would Mazda be able to pay the judges? They're a small company, won't you think that Toyota is more than 100x wealthier than Mazda? Think about it. And read international reviews, you'll see there that Mazda's are ranked the best in their segments.

  8. Ang dami pala naming tanga na bumibili ng Toyota. Mas mabuti na lang seguro ang tanga kay sa basa lang ng basa pero di nakakabili.

  9. Yes tanga k cuz u bought a toyota.

  10. Mga gunggong pala kayo.
    CHEVROLET COLORADO ang pinakamabilis at pinakamalakas sa lahat.
    200HP x 500NM Torque unmatched !

    1. Oo pero papers specs lang yan. Ang real world performance dapat tignan. Isa pa, kapag may nasira na part sa chevy, siguradong mapapakamot na lang ng ulo sa mahal ng babayaran.

    2. Hindi palakasan, gonggong ka rin nyahahaha

    3. Haayyy nako. Mga Tanga at gung-gung ang mga nag-comment. Only in the Philippines

  11. Absolutely..agree !!!

  12. I agree. I've driven an m2, city, accent, vios and so far the m2 was d best overall. Of course porket car of d year ka doesnt mean
    ikaw din ang highest sa sales.

  13. Compare the specs of most toyota vehicles to other brands like mazda, and you will find out that Toyota lags behind. ...