THE Philippines’ premier automotive awards giving body—Car Awards Group, Inc. (Cagi)—comprised of esteemed motoring journalists from various media outlets, select the winners of the 2013-2014 Car of the Year Philippines through a series of tests.
The first testing sessions are the qualitative and technical tests. In three days of intensive evaluations Cagi members reviewed 45 of the country’s latest cars, vans, pickups and SUVs at the Filinvest Tent in Filinvest City Alabang. This involves a qualitative test drive of various cars eligible for this year’s two main awards. Cagi members assessed each vehicle’s performance, refinement and comfort, along with other important characteristics that are important to car owners and buyers.
On Day One, Cagi tested the updated Ford Fiesta and Ranger Wildtrak, the Chevrolet Colorado, Trailblazer and Spin, the BYD lineup, the Toyota RAV4 and Vios, the Kia Carens, Sorento and Sportage, the Volvo V40 and S60 Polestar, as well as the Kinglong Van.
On Day Two, Cagi evaluated the Honda CR-Z (Mugen, base and Modulo variants), the Subaru BRZ and Forester, the Hyundai Azera and Accent, all variants of the new Isuzu D-Max, the Mitsubishi Mirage G4 and the Foton View Traveller.
On Day Three, Cagi completed the testing of the Mazda6 and CX-5, various variants of the Nissan Almera, the Mini Paceman Cooper S, additional variants of the Mirage, as well as the Suzuki Swift Dzire and Alto.
From the scores garnered by these cars, Cagi tabulated the results of both the qualitative evaluations as well as the instrumented testing performed by Cagi’s Technical Testing Team to determine the 2013-2014 Car of the Year and Truck of the Year Philippines winners.
Following the qualitative tests where members of Cagi put the different models available for testing through their paces for a subjective evaluation, they proceeded to conduct the rigors of quantitative technical testing.
Unlike the qualitative tests, Cagi’s technical testing is done strictly by the group’s tech and driving experts, as they review a vehicle’s ultimate handling, acceleration, braking and other aspects of performance. All these tests are done with the accuracy of global positioning satellites via the use of a Racelogic VBox, determining acceleration times, braking distances, G-forces and numerous other data.
Cars were subjected to tests that would see them pushed to their limits within a closed road course so as to determine what kind of performance and safety they can offer the Philippine market. The tests were designed to simulate relevant real-world conditions that, ultimately, will demonstrate which vehicles can handle situations such as emergency lane changes and hard braking from 100kph to a standstill.
All the test vehicles were put through the same evaluation exercises—from trucks like the Ranger Wildtrak and Colorado, and even the Azera. The technical tests determined the performance potentials of sports cars such as the BRZ, CR-Z and the Mini Paceman.
After each vehicle is tested and the figures tabulated, the results are combined with the qualitative scores to determine the segment awardees, as well as the winners of the 2013-2014 Truck of the Year Philippines and the coveted 2013-2014 Car of the Year Philippines.