The Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) tested 72 brand new vehicles, in 19 individual categories, by putting them through over 100 instrumented test runs and 1,000 qualitative test drives in a span of just 3 days. They did this to find the 2016 Car of the Year – Philippines (COTY-P) and Truck of the Year – Philippines (TOTY-P).
It’s an amazing feat, no doubt. And to think they’ve been doing this every year since 2004 is even more impressive. These guys deserve an award as much as the Cars and Trucks they give recognition to. But giving self-praise is not what CAGI is about. Instead, they work tirelessly to give consumers like us educated and unbiased info on which of the cars on sale today are the best.
While the final results won’t be announced until early next week, we already have this year’s complete entry list so you can begin placing your bets. Note that we’ve removed the variants and only indicated the make and model. Unfortunately, we were unable to segregate them by category.
|2016 Car of the Year - Philippines Nominees|
|Audi S3||Hyundai Tucson||Peugeot 308|
|Audi Q7||Jaguar F-Type||SsangYong Korando|
|Audi TT||Jaguar XF||SsangYong Rodius|
|BMW 118i||Kia Grand Carnival||SsangYong Tivoli|
|BYD S7||Kia Soul||Subaru Levorg|
|Chevrolet Sail||Kia Sportage||Suzuki Ciaz|
|Chevrolet Trailblazer||Lexus RX 350||Suzuki Super Carry|
|Ford Focus||Maserati Levante Diesel||Tata Indigo|
|Haima S5||Mazda 3||Toyota Fortuner|
|Haima V70||Mazda 6 Sports Wagon||Toyota Innova|
|Honda Accord||Mazda CX-3||Toyota Rav4|
|Honda Civic||Mazda CX-5||Toyota Vios|
|Honda Legend||MINI Cooper S Clubman||Toyota Yaris|
|Honda Odyssey||Mitsubishi Montero Sport||Volkswagen Golf|
|Honda Pilot||Mitsubishi Pajero||Volkswagen Passat|
|Hyundai Accent Hatchback||Nissan Almera||Volvo S60|
|Hyundai Elantra||Nissan GT-R||Volvo XC90|
|2016 Truck of the Year - Philippines Nominees||2016 Car of the Year - Philippines||2016 Car of the Year - Philippines|
|Chevrolet Colorado||Isuzu D-Max||Mitsubishi Strada|
Established in 2004, the CAGI is the longest-running organization of motoring journalists in the country today. For the second year in a row, internationally respected auditing firm KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. is in charge of all the data handling during the testing process. This includes the gathering, tabulation, and up to the final audit and release of the official results. Also back this season is co-presenter Carmudi.com.ph, the online vehicle marketplace designed to make buying or selling your vehicle online as stress-free as possible.
Other sponsors include Ayala Land Premier, NUVALI, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Motolite Batteries, El Cielito Hotel – Sta. Rosa, Manila International Auto Show, Worldbex International, and Speedlab. Official media partners include BusinessMirror, BusinessWorld, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, Auto Review, Turbo Zone, and JamesDeakin.ph.