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20 March 2013

CAGI publishes final 2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Philippines nominees

Words by Christopher Kho | Photos by Mikko David
 
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After spending nine days for Qualitative Tests at ETON Centris, Quezon City and another four days for Technical Tests at the Clark International Speedway (CIS), it all comes down to this. On the eve of April 4, 2013 at the Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), there will be a newly-crowed Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) for 2012 - 2013. But before last year's COTY - the Hyundai Elantra - hands over its throne, the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) has published this year's final nominees.
 
The list includes 80 vehicles competing in 20 Categories, plus the coveted Car of the Year Philippines title. But new for this year is a Truck of the Year Philippines (TOTY-P) award that separately recognizes the bigger cars in the bunch.
 
In case you're wondering, the categories are re-evaluated on a yearly basis as the selection itself changes. They're grouped according to size, displacement, price point, and drivetrain. Also note that only all-new or mechanically updated models qualify for each edition of the Car of the Year Philippines.
 
Of the 80 vehicles listed below, which one do you think will be the 2012 - 2013 Philippine Car of the Year?
 
Basic Subcompact Car
Hyundai Eon GLS
Lifan LF320 EX 1.3L
Mitsubishi Mirage GLX MT
Mitsubishi Mirage GLX CVT
Mitsubishi Mirage GLS MT
Mitsubishi Mirage GLS CVT
Suzuki Alto K10
 
Subcompact Car
Chevy Sonic LTZ Notchback MT
Chevy Sonic LTZ Notchback AT
Chevy Sonic LTZ Hatchback AT
Ford Fiesta 1.4 AT Sedan
Hyundai Accent CRDi VGT Hatchback
Kia Rio 1.2 LX MT Sedan
Kia Rio 1.4 EX AT Sedan
Kia Rio 1.4 EX AT Hatchback
 
Subcompact Hybrid
Toyota Prius C
 
Compact Car
Ford Focus Sport Hatchback
Ford Focus Titanium Sedan
Honda Civic 1.8E AT
Honda Civic 2.0 EL AT
Mitsubishi Lancer EX GLX MT
Mitsubishi Lancer EX GLX AT
Mitsubishi Lancer EX MX AT
Subaru Impreza 2.0i
Subaru Impreza 2.0i Sport
 
Midsize Car
Hyundai Sonata 2.0L GLS 6AT Limited
Peugeot 508
Suzuki Kizashi
Toyota Camry 2.5V
 
Premium Midsize Car
Chrysler 300C
Volvo S60 D3
 
Rear-wheel-drive Sportscar
Hyundai Genesis 2.0T 6MT with Brembo package
Hyundai Genesis 3.8L V6 8AT
Toyota 86 MT
Toyota 86 Aero AT
 
Front-wheel-drive Sportscar
MINI Coupe Cooper S
MINI Roadster Cooper S
Peugeot RCZ
 
Compact Crossover 2WD
Honda CR-V 2.0 LX
Honda CR-V 2.0 S
Mazda CX5 6AT
Peugeot 3008
 
Compact Crossover AWD
Honda CR-V 2.4 EX
Honda CR-V 2.4 SX
Hyundai Tucson 2.0 Limited
Subaru XV
Subaru XV Premium
 
Midsize Crossover
Hyundai Santa Fe R2.2 GLS 6AT 2WD
Hyundai Santa Fe R2.2 GLS 6AT Premium 4WD
 
Premium Crossover
Ford Explorer 2.0 XLT
Honda Pilot 3.5L V6
 
Luxury Compact Crossover
Range Rover Evoque SD4 3-Door
Range Rover Evoque SD4 5-Door
 
SUV
Chevrolet Trailblazer LTZ 4x4 AT
Great Wall Hover 5 4x4
Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0 V6 GLS
Toyota Fortuner 2.5G AT
 
Premium SUV
Dodge Durango Citadel
Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited
Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon
 
Compact Van and SUV
Lifan LF640i Foison 1.3L
Toyota Avanza 1.3E MT
Toyota Avanza 1.5G AT
 
Van and MPV
Chevrolet Orlando LT
Peugeot 5008
 
Luxury Van and MPV
Chrysler Town & Country Limited
Honda Odyssey 3.5L V6
 
Pickup 4x2
Chevrolet Colorado LTZ MT
Ford Ranger 2.2 MT
Ford Ranger 2.2 AT
Foton Thunder 4x2 MT
Isuzu D-Max LS 4x2 MT
Mitsubishi L200 2.5 MT
Toyota Hilux 4x2E MT
 
Pickup 4x4
Chevrolet Colorado LTZ MT
Chevrolet Colorado LTZ AT
Foton Thunder 4x4 MT
Great Wall Wingle 5 4x4
Isuzu D-Max LS 4x4 AT
Mazda BT50 3.2L 4x4 AT
 
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The 2012 - 2013 Car Of The Year Philippines (COTY-P) is presented by the Manila International Auto Show and is supported by the Clark International Speedway, Caltex with Techron, Eton Centris Walk, Standard Insurance, BOSCH, RCBC Savings Auto Loans, Victoria Court, Dole Juice Drinks, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee, MG Madrid & Co., Red Rock Travel Philippines, Winner Graphics, Automobile Association of the Philippines, and SpeedLab.