The search for the 2016 Philippine Car and Truck of the Year has finally come to an end as the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI), the country’s premier automotive award-giving body, announced this year’s roster of winners. Honda’s all-new Civic RS Turbo CVT was named 2016 Philippine Car of the Year, while the Isuzu D-Max 3.0L 4×2 LS AT took the title as 2016 Philippine Truck of the Year.
The awardees were honored at an intimate ceremony held on November 21, 2016, at the One Rockwell East Tower in Makati City.
The Civic RS Turbo CVT bested 64 other nominees in the car segment. It also won the Compact Car category for 2016. The award comes exactly 11 years since a previous-generation Civic won the title in 2005.
Meanwhile, the D-Max 3.0L 4×2 LS AT not only won the Truck of the Year award, but also the 2WD Pickup of the Year trophy. The Mitsubishi Strada 2.4L GT 4×4 AT, on the other hand, earned the 4WD Pickup of the Year award.
There were also other car category winners. The Suzuki Ciaz GL 1.4 MT won as the Subcompact Car of the Year; the Audi S3 Saloon 2.0 TFSI Quattro as the Luxury Compact Car of the Year; the Mazda 6 Skyactiv Diesel Sedan as the Midsize Car of the Year; the Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI DSG Business Edition as the Luxury Midside Car of the Year; and the Mazda 6 Sports Wagon as the newly added Wagon of the Year. One of the most enthralling entries this year was the Nissan GT-R Premium, which was aptly recognized as the Sport Car of the Year.
The growing number of new crossovers and SUVs in the market today made up for seven of the categories. Starting from the smallest in size, the Mazda CX-3 FWD Sport was named the Compact Crossover SUV of the Year, while the larger Mazda CX-5 Skyactiv Diesel AWD received the Crossover SUV of the Year award. The Luxury Midsize Crossover SUV of the Year award went to the Lexus RX350 Premier. The Mitsubishi Montero Sport won both the 2WD and 4WD categories with the GLS 2.4D 2WD AT and GT 2.4D 4WD AT variants. Mitsubishi also took the Premium SUV of the Year award with the Pajero GLS 3.2 Di-D 4WD AT. Finally, the Maserati Levante Diesel took home the Luxury SUV of Year trophy.
As for the best people- and cargo-carriers, the MPV of the Year award went to the Haima V70 1.5L+6AT Deluxe; the Premium MPV of the Year award to the Honda Odyssey EX CVT; and the newly added Commercial Utility of the Year award to the Suzuki Super Carry Utility Van 0.8L DDIS Turbo Diesel.
Established in 2004, CAGI is said to be the longest-running organization of motoring journalists in the country today. It’s current membership has representatives from the following media entities: The Manila Times, Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, Daily Tribune, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mindanao Daily News, AAP Quarterly, Autocar Philippines, C!, Motorcycle, Power Wheels, Top Gear Philippines, Auto Review, Stoplight TV, 2nerMagazine.com, Carmudi.com.ph, Ignition.ph, InterAksyon.com, Kotse.com, MotionCars.com, Speed By MP Turbo, SprocketPh.com, TessDrive.com, TimeAttackManila.com, DZMM, Mellow 94.7, DZME and ABS-CBN.
The 2016 CAGI Car of the Year was co-presented by Carmudi.com.ph, and made possible by partner KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co. Other sponsors included Ayala Land Premier, Nuvali, Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation, Motolite Batteries, El Cielito Hotel-Santa Rosa, Manila International Auto Show, Worldbex International, SpeedLab, and Johnnie Walker.