Saturday, October 15, 2016
Car Awards Group Starts 2016 Testing for Philippine Car and Truck of the Year
Established in 2004, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) is the longest-running organization of motoring journalists in the country today. With a vision of keeping Filipino consumers informed of the best cars for sale in the market, CAGI is now in the process of finding the 2016 Car and Truck of the Year.
Unlike other award-giving bodies, CAGI prides itself of holding annual test fests, where all vehicles for consideration go through a process of classification and sorting, before they are subjected to qualitative (consumer) and quantitative (performance) testing. Qualitative testing uses predetermined consumer metrics like the ride, fit, and feel, while quantitative testing used GPS-based hardware to measure acceleration, braking, and handling. Each year, winners for each category are announced, and from that winners pool emerges the year’s COTY-P and TOTY-P.
In preparation for this year’s testing season, CAGI has recently added two (2) brand-new VBOX Sport data loggers to its arsenal. The VBOX is an internationally recognized data acquisition system that uses high-performance GPS receivers. It is able to measure speed, distance, acceleration, braking distance, heading, slip angle, lap times, position, cornering forces, and more with high accuracy.
For the second year in a row, internationally respected auditing firm KPMG shall be in-charge of all the data handling during the testing process. This includes the data gathering, tabulation, and up to the final audit and release of the official results.
“We are expecting around sixty (60) new or significantly upgraded vehicles to join this year’s testing,” said CAGI president Robby Consunji. “Eligible for consideration this year are vehicles launched in the Philippine market from October 2015 to November 2016. This time frame is set yearly, to ensure that only the latest vehicles are tested, and the buying public is able to make informed decisions when making their purchases” he added.
The first round of test fests will commence on October 25, 2016 with Nuvali, Santa Rosa, Lagua as the official venue.
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