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05 April 2013

Mitsubishi Mirage and Mazda BT-50 newly-crowned 2012 - 2013 Car and Truck of the Year Philippines

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After the long search, the 2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) has finally been revealed last April 4, 2013 at the 9th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS) held at the Philippine Trade and Training Center (PTTC). Following the footsteps of last year’s winner, the Hyundai Elantra - of which we see many of on the streets - this year’s champ is none other than the all-new Mitsubishi Mirage GLS MT.
Yes, the Mirage nameplate made quite a comeback in 2012, fully refreshed and entirely renewed. And after seeing a growing number of this subcompact on the streets and raving reviews about how it’s such a bang for the buck, it’s not a wonder why it trumped 80 other contenders in 20 categories. Although they've won multiple categories in previous years, this is Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation's (MMPC) very first time to clinch the coveted Car of the Year Philippines title.
CAGI President Ferman Lao remarks, “The 2012 - 2013 Car of The Year Philippines season was a tough one. It wasn't just in terms of the sheer number of cars that had to be tested, but the continually increasing improvements, value and competitiveness each new model brought to their respective classes.”
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But there’s a new twist this year, because, for the very first time, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) also recognized the Philippines’ first Truck of the Year. The 2012 - 2013 Truck of the Year Philippines (TOTY-P) goes to none other than the Mazda BT-50 4X4 AT. While this might not be the first time for a Mazda to win a grand award from CAGI (the Mazda 6 won the 2006 COTY-P), this most definitely is Berjaya Auto Philippines, Inc's first of the many more to come in the future after it took over the Japanese brand in January 2013.
Of course, CAGI also recognizes this year’s stars in each category, as well as special awardees.
2012 - 2013 Car of the Year Philippines Category Winners 
Basic Subcompact Car
Mitsubishi Mirage GLS MT 
Subcompact Car Hyundai Accent CRDi VGT Hatchback 
Compact Car Ford Focus Titanium Sedan
Midsize Car Toyota Camry 2.5V
Premium Midsize Car Volvo S60 D3
Rear Wheel Drive Sportscar  Hyundai Genesis Coupe 2.0T with Brembo Package 
Front Wheel Drive Sportscar      MINI Coupe Cooper S 
Compact Crossover 2WD Mazda CX-5
Compact Crossover AWD  Honda CR-V 2.4 EX AWD
Midsize Crossover Hyundai Santa Fe R2.2 GLS 6AT 2WD
Large Crossover Ford Explorer 2.0 EcoBoost XLT
Luxury Compact Crossover  Range Rover Evoque
SUV  Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0 V6 GLS
Premium SUV  Jeep Grand Cherokee
Compact Van and MPV Toyota Avanza 1.3E
Van and MPV  Peugeot 5008
Luxury Van and MPV  Honda Odyssey 3.5L V6
Pickup 4x2  Ford Ranger 2.2 MT
Pickup 4x4 Mazda BT-50 4x4 AT
Special Awards
Clark International Speedway Motorsports Award  
Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. 
Speedlab Tuner's Choice Award
Toyota 86
Bosch Technical Advancement Award
Foton Thunder
AAP Road Safety Award
Ford Focus with Active City Stop 
ETON Centris Urban Warrior Award
Subaru XV
Standard Insurance Award
Chevrolet Trailblazer
Caltex with Techron Green Award
Toyota Prius C
RCBC Savings and Auto Loans Best Value for Money Award     
Kia Rio 1.2 LX
In case you're wondering what are the other nominees for the 2012 - 2013 Car and Truck of the Year Philippines, you can check the full list, including the complete performance results, by clicking the [link].
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The 2012 - 2013 Car Of The Year Philippines awards 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., Winner Graphics, Automobile Association Philippines, and SpeedLab.
The Car Awards Group, Inc, an organization composed of motoring journalists from the country's premiere print, broadcast and online publications , and is supported by media partners Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, BusinessWorld, The Manila Bulletin, The Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror, The Manila Times, Malaya Business Insight, Sunshine Television, AutoReview, StoplightTV,,,, Top Gear Philippines, AQ Magazine, Speed Magazine, Manila Standard Today, Jam 88.3, C! Magazine, Wave 89.1, Gadgets Magazine,, Motorcycle Magazine, World News,, and PowerWheels Magazine.