Words by Jade Lu | Photos by Christopher Kho
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].”