For eight years running, CAGI has recognized the best vehicles in the market, awarding the coveted title of Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) to the car with the best value for money for consumers. Among the awardees of the Philippine Car of the Year are the Honda Accord (2004), Honda Civic (2005), Mazda 6 (2006), Volvo C30 (2007), Subaru Impreza STI (2008), Subaru Legacy 2.5 Liter GT (2009), and the Chevrolet Cruze (2010-2011). With a varied array of past winners, the next COTY-P is anyone’s guess.
“A lot of [the entries for the 2011-2012 COTY-P] are all-new models, and they’re a big jump from the previous models they’re replacing,” said Lao. He adds: “Essentially, as the years go by, all the cars keep getting better.” With the Chevrolet Cruze Dielsel and Chevrolet Spark among this years contenders, it’s not too surprising to witness a two-peat from the bowtie brand like did Subaru in 2008 and 2009.
The Car of the Year Philippines 2011-2012 will be awarded on March 29, 2012 at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), held at the World Trade Center in Pasay City.
The COTY-P awards is an annual consumer-oriented event organized by CAGI, a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of more than 50 motoring journalists from various print, broadcast, and online media outlets.
The 2011 - 2012 COTY-P awards is presented by the Manila International Auto Show and is supported by the Clark International Speedway, SpeedLab, Caltex Techron, Standard Insurance, BOSCH, Worldbex, Ortigas Home Depot, Automotive Association of the Philippines, Cartridge World, Papa J's Witches n Wings, Congo Grille, MG Madrid & Co., All Terra Cyclery, Red Rock Travel, Life Line Ambulance Rescue, Winner Graphics, and Victoria Court with media partners Sunshine TV, Auto Extreme, Auto Review, Stoplight TV, Motoring Today, Auto Focus, 99.5RT, Jam 88.3, Wave 89.1, Kotse.com, Motioncars.com, Autoindustriya.com, Sprocket.ph, MotorCycle Magazine, Gadgets Magazine, Speed Magazine, C! Magazine, Power Wheels, Top Gear Philippines, Business World, Business Mirror, The Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Manila Standard Today, World News, The Philippine STAR, Daily Tribune, Malaya Business Insights, Manila Times, and The Manila Bulletin.