THE Mazda 6 and Ford Ranger Wildtrak were recently hailed 2013-2014 Car and Truck of the Year-Philippines.
The two models’ recognition was announced at the 2013-2014 Car of the Year Awards Night by the members of the Car Awards Group Inc. (Cagi).
Besides the Truck of the Year honors, Mazda also bagged Executive Car of the Year for the 6 sedan, Compact 2WD Crossover and Wagon of the Year for the CX-5 2.0 Pro and the Compact AWD Crossover and Wagon of the Year for the CX-5 2.5 AWD.
Ford was the only other multiple winner in the major categories as it took Premium Subcompact of the Year award for the four-door Ford Fiesta Titanium sedan.
“We are honored to receive the award,” said Ford Phils. Managing Director Kay Hart. “Since the market launch of the all-new Ford Ranger last year, sales of this truck has exceeded our expectations and this recognition is proof that our One Ford plan is working to deliver vehicles that people want and value, with industry-leading quality, fuel efficiency, safety and smart technology.”
Hart added that the Fiesta “continues to push the boundaries of what a small car can do,” noting that it is “a favorite among our customers for its overall fun driving experience and value package.”
Cagi President Ferman Lao said that the awards’ voting had been difficult because the models that qualified had shown drastic improvements.
“Voting for the 2013-2014 Car and Truck of the Year was tough. The continually increasing improvements, value and competitiveness each new model brought to their respective classes made discerning between standout and mid-pack very difficult,” Lao said.
In the passenger car category, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GLX MT—the sedan version of the 2012-2013 Car of the Year award winner—was named Basic Subcompact of the Year. The Hyundai Accent Hatchback CRDi MT took Subcompact of the Year while the Honda CR-Z Modulo MT clinched Sports Car of the Year honors.
In the utility side, the 4×2 Pick-Up of the Year award went to the Isuzu D-Max LS 4×2 AT. The Kia Sorento LX FWD received the Midsize Crossover and Wagon of the Year title as the Volvo V40 got Premium Crossover and Wagon of the Year, the Chevrolet Trailblazer 4×2 AT the SUV of the Year, and the Foton View Traveler the Van of the Year awards.
Sponsors’ choices were also given to a number of vehicles and auto companies.
Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. bagged Cagi’s Motorsports Award after it sponsored the Hyundai Lateral Drift Series that was organized by Lateral D Productions. The SpeedLab Tuner’s Choice Award was taken by Honda CR-Z. The Bosch Technical Innovation Award went to the BYD F5. The AAP Road Safety Award was given to the Volvo S60 T6 Polestar and the Subaru BRZ bagged the Manila International Auto Show Show and Go Award. The Mini Paceman Cooper S clinched the Filinvest Lifestyle Award while the Kia Carens had the Caltex with Techron Green Award.
In a related development, Cagi said it would be staging a fuel economy benchmark test with Caltex in February, as well as a major celebration marking the group’s 10th year at the 2014 Manila International Auto Show in April.