There is no shortage of award-giving bodies in the Philippine car industry, and one of them is the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI). The organization, composed mainly of motoring journalists, has announced the start of the 2016 testing season for Car of the Year-Philippines and Truck of the Year-Philippines, during a luncheon hosted for industry executives at the Manila Polo Club in Makati City.
During the event, CAGI president Atty. Robby Consunji (pictured) urged car companies to join the testing phase of the awards. Past results of the club’s COTY were often marred by the non-participation of some carmakers. This time, the CAGI leader promises a much-improved testing process (and hence more credible results).
For instance, in preparation for this year’s testing, CAGI has added two brand-new Vbox data loggers to its instruments. The Vbox, according to the group, is an “internationally recognized data acquisition system that uses high-performance GPS receivers. It is able to measure speed, distance, acceleration, braking distance, heading, slip angle, lap times, position, cornering forces, and more with high accuracy.”
“We are expecting around 60 new or significantly upgraded vehicles to join this year’s testing,” said Consunji. “Eligible for consideration this year are vehicles launched in the Philippine market from October 2015 to November 2016. This time frame is set yearly to ensure that only the latest vehicles are tested, and so that the buying public is able to make informed decisions when making car purchases.”
The auditing firm KPMG will once again be in charge of all the data obtained during the testing process. Its task shall include data gathering, tabulation, final audit, and release of the official results.
CAGI’s 2016 testing will commence on October 25 at Nuvali in Santa Rosa, Laguna.