The Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI), an association of motoring journalists, has awarded the 2017 Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel as the Car of the Year 2017, making it the first time a crossover SUV was given the highly-prestigious award.
The association also bestowed the Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT as Truck of the Year for 2017, and for the first time in CAGI’s history, motorcycles have been added to the awards’ roster, with the Suzuki Raider R150 FI emerging as the Motorcycle of the Year Philippines 2017 (Commuter Class), and the Suzuki GSX-R 1000R as the Motorcycle of the Year Philippines 2017 (Leisure Class).
CAGI president Ronald de los Reyes told Fast Times that there were a number of crossovers present during the three-month testing in the proving ground in ARCA South, Taguig City.
“Like what we stated prior the testing that this year’s line-up of vehicles was composed mostly of crossovers, it then eventually justified the outcome. In the history of CAGI, it was the first time that a crossover vehicle won overall. Hence, it only means to show that manufacturers now are continuously improving their products to be able to fit the needs of the market. For Filipinos nowadays, they want vehicles that are not too big, not too small, but just right,” he added.
This is also the second time that Honda bagged the coveted Car of the Year award, with the 2016’s winner being the Honda Civic RS.
The other winners include:
Basic Subcompact Car – Chevrolet Spark LTZ; Subcompact Car – Mazda2; Compact Car – Volkswagen Jetta Business Edition + Wagon – Volkswagen Golf GTS Business Edition + ; Sport Compact – Honda Civic Type R; Sports car – Mazda MX-5 RF; Subcompact Crossover – Suzuki Vitara GLX; Compact Crossover 2WD – Honda BR-V 1.5 S; Compact Crossover AWD – Subaru XV 2.0i-S; Crossover AWD – Honda CR-V SX Diesel; Crossover FWD – Honda CR-V V Diesel; Large Crossover AWD – Mazda CX-9; Minibus – Hyundai H350; Large Van/MPV – Nissan Urvan Premium; Luxury Subcompact – Mini Cooper 3-door; Luxury Compact Crossover – Audi Q2 1.0 TFSI; Ultra-luxury Crossover – Maserati Levante S; Mid-sized SUV 2WD – Isuzu mu-X 3.0 LS-A Blue Power; Mid-sized SUV 4WD – Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT; Compact Commercial Utility Vehicle (Double Cab) – BAIC Freedom DC; Compact Commercial Utility Vehicle (Single Cab) – FotonGratour Midi Truck; Pick-Up 4×2 – Isuzu D-Max 3.0 LS Blue Power; and Pick-Up 4×4 – Mitsubishi Strada GLS MT.
“This is just the beginning. CAGI in Japanese means ‘key.’ Hence, our name stands for something—that we serve as a key to opening new doors for the two-wheel industry. We remain positive at every turn,” de los Reyes said.