Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Christopher Kho
 
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Talk of typhoon Quiel’s arrival wasn’t enough to dampen our spirits, especially given this weekend’s lineup. In the bright morning of October 2, 2011, six titans gathered at the All Terra Cyclery, Ortigas Home Depot in Pasig to battle for the 2011 - 2012 Car of the Year Philippines title.
 
The morning’s sunny disposition wasn’t any indication of the day ahead. The weather had rain and shine come on and off, but it could not have been more apt. After weekends of sunshine with the compacts and sub-compacts, it was finally time to play with the big boys: the buzzed Toyota Fortuner (4x2 G and 4x4 V variants), the “infamous” Montero Sport (GLX V M/T, GLS V A/T, and the top-of-the-line GTV A/T), and the head-turning new Ford Explorer V6 Limited. The boys of the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) were eager to test out these giants, more so since the rains provided a good parameter with which to test them to their capabilities.
Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Christopher Kho
 
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The third day of qualitative testing for the 2011 – 2012 Car of the Year - Philippines (COTY-P) was definitely jam-packed. Last Sunday, September 25, 2011, nine cars were on our chopping board at the All-Terra Cyclery in Ortigas Home Depot. It was a welcome spike in numbers, as far as we were concerned. Moreover, the lineup was pretty sweet: we got three Hyundai Elantra’s (1.6 M/T, 1.6 A/T, and 1.8 A/T), one Hyundai Accent, three Chevrolet Spark’s (1.0 M/T, 1.0 A/T, and 1.2 M/T), and two Mini Countryman’s (Cooper and Cooper S).
 
The weather was on our side, warm as a summer’s day, and with surprisingly little traffic along Julia Vargas Road throughout most of our runs. We were able to test most of our victims to their road-legal limits, resulting to some mixed emotions concerning certain models. To those that have been following COTY-P so far, it seems to be a common phenomenon among the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) members to have some startling new revelations, totally opposite from their initial impressions.
Words and photos by Christopher Kho
 
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What does a Nissan Sentra 200, Subaru Forester 2.0XS, and Kia Sportage AWD all have in common? Except for the other Kia Sportage DLX on the scene, last Sunday’s line-up was all powered by a four-cylinder 2.0L engine and fall above the one-million peso price range. But as similar as this bunch may seem on paper, they prove to be very different animals on the road. That's what we found out on a cloudy second day of the 2011-2012 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) Test Fest last September 18, 2011, at the All Terra Cyclery in Ortigas Home Depot in Pasig City.
 
The eager group of motor heads got together bright and early for a quick spin around the day's selection. With only four cars on the menu, it meant that the day would end early, and we can all go home to salvage the remaining hours of what was supposed to be our day off. Ideally, each test day should be able to accommodate at least seven test vehicles, if this year's 42 nominees were distributed equally. However, due to some scheduling difficulties, we fell short of being ideal by a mile.
Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Christopher Kho
 
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It looks like the search for the 2011-2012 Car of the Year - Philippines (COTY-P) is off to a good start! Over a dozen of Philippine's motoring journalists gathered last Sunday, 11 September 2011, at the All Terra Cyclery, located in the Ortigas Home Depot complex. 
 
As one might recall, Car of the Year testings are done in two phases. The first phase, as we had done and will continue for the next few Sundays, is the subjective testing, where cars are judged by their looks, feel, and performance subjectively based on the tester’s experience as motoring media. The second phase is the technical test, where cars are tested on acceleration, braking, and handing to produce objective numerical data.
 
Aptly our appetizers and first on the chopping board were small cars - Suzuki Swift, Kia Picanto M/T and A/T, and Lifan LF 320 - with a dash of luxury - Nissan Teana 3.5L V6 - in the mix. When asked about his feelings about this year’s COTY-P, Ferman Lao, President of the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) and Editorial Director of Kotse.com, said, “We have a lot of new cars now. I'm actually looking forward to testing all those cars, because a lot of them are all new models and they're a big jump over the previous models they're replacing. And if the first batch is any indication, it's going to be a very difficult decision for [CAGI].”
Words by Christopher Kho
 
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The Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) officially gears up for 2011 - 2012 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P), with a launch held last August 26, 2011 at the Congo Grille El Pueblo in Ortigas Center, Pasig City. The special event was attended by representatives from the various car manufacturers in the Philippines, sponsors, special guests, and motoring journalists. Now on its 8th year, CAGI is once again on the search for the country's best on four wheels.  
 
Nominees vying for this year's COTY title are open to all new passenger and commercial vehicles introduced in the Philippine market within November 1, 2010 to October 31, 2011. Re-introduced models that have undergone a “facelift” or a minor model change within the said period, however, must have revisions in the drivetrain, suspension, or engine line-up to be eligible.
Words by Jade Lu
 
cruze_01Long hours of road testing, technical evaluations, and crunching numbers by the pageful has culminated to one night of excitement, as the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) kept automaker groups on the edge of their seats before announcing who the top car in the market is. On April 7, 2011, the opening night of the 7th Manila International Auto Show (MIAS), CAGI crowned the Chevrolet Cruze 1.8 LT as the Philippines’ 2010-2011 Car of the Year (COTY). A total of 24 cars were given recognition for their distinct qualities and values. 
 
The title of Car of the Year is not for the fastest, cheapest, or most popular car in the market. Rather, it is an award for the car that best caters to the consumers. CAGI President Ferman Lao comments, “2010 was a banner year for the automotive industry with sales of over 170,000 new vehicles, the best ever yet in recent automotive history, and that's what the Car of the Year is about: presenting the best of what the automotive industry has to offer to the Filipino car buyer.” 
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