The search for the 2015 Car of the Year – Philippines (COTY-P) and Truck of the Year – Philippines (TOTY-P) has now passed the half way point as the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) successfully wrapped up its second day of testing. With one of the biggest turnouts in one day, a total of 28 vehicles braved the impending storm, and went through qualitative and quantitative testing on October 17, 2015 at the Fontana Convention Center. This brings the total to 43 nominees that have so far bid for both prestigious awards.
The selection of vehicles consisted of entries from eight manufacturers: BAIC, Ford, Haima, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Suzuki.
BAIC’s candidates were the pair of M20 and MZ45 vans. Ford brought with them the all-new Escape, the 4×2 and 4×4 versions of the all-new Everest, and defending two-time Truck of the Year winner the Ranger 2.2 XLT and Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak. Haima, on the other hand, showed off their new S5 1.5-liter CVT crossover. It was all crossover entry-list for Hyundai with the two variants of all-new i20 Cross Sport and three for the all-new Tucson.
The biggest fleet of the test day came from Mazda that added no less than eight cars to the list. This included the Mazda 2 SkyActiv R sedan, Mazda 2 SkyActiv V hatchback, Mazda 6 Sports Sedan, Mazda 6 Sports Wagon, CX-5 FWD PRO, CX-5 AWD Sport and the eye-catching pair of MX-5 Roadsters in manual and automatic versions.
Mitsubishi returned from the previous week, this time with the updated ASX, while Nissan’s entries were the NV350 Urvan, NP300 Navara 4×2 and 4×4, and the Juke compact crossover. Last but not the least, Suzuki is contesting this year with the all-new Celerio.
Like in the previous test day, the qualitative testing had all CAGI members drive all participating vehicles around a designated route around the Clark Freeport Zone. Each nominee was then scored according to factors such as design, fit and finish, ergonomics, comfort, access, driving dynamics, response and functionality. The quantitative test, on the other hand, were left in the hands of CAGI’s technical team, who measured each vehicle’s performance on a safe closed track aided by a Racelogic Vbox GPS data logger. The VBox is internationally recognized as a quality standard in automotive testing.