CAGI hails 2017 Car, Truck, and first ever Motorcycle of the Year Philippines winners

December 5, 2017

Since April, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI), an esteemed group of the country’s motoring media, has been on full throttle in determining this year’s Car, Truck, and the first ever Motorcycle of the Year Philippines (COTY-P, TOTY-P, and MOTY-P, respectively)

As regard, the group has conducted a number of Test Fests in order to really bring out the true potentials of the entire 2017 season entries. And now, the time has come. After several days of Test Fests in a span of 3 months at the Ayala-owned Arca South land in Taguig, the winners have been decided.

Heading the list is the first ever MOTY-P winner… or winners, rather. That’s because the MOTY-P award is of 2 kinds; the Commuter Class and the Leisure Class.

The former was given to the Suzuki Raider R150 FI due to its sleek styling and fuel efficient engine which CAGI claims to rival that of the bigger bikes with increased displacements. The latter, on the other hand, was won by yet another Suzuki, and it’s the GSX-R 1000 R. The said superbike was cited not only for its form and power, but also for its safety as the test riders deemed it the safest and most stable unit they’ve handled.

Next on the awards list is this year’s TOTY-P winner. That award went to the Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4x4 MT. As the nearest rival to the equally-deserving Isuzu D-Max 4x2, the Strada edged out the D-Max in terms of interior quality, fit and finish as felt and observed by the test drivers.

Lastly for the coveted 2017 COTY-P winner, CAGI determined that the Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel deserves the title. The reason being was that CAGI took into account the positive consumer preferences the crossover has received since its local debut a few months ago. Aside from that, the test drivers were more than satisfied with its interior quality and its suit of features and tech that’s uncommon in its class.

“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 over-all. 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,” said CAGI President Ronald de los Reyes.

Congratulations to the 2017 CAGI COTY-P, TOTY-P and the first MOTY-P winners! Refer to the list below for the complete line up of the runner ups and category winners.

The Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) has members from the following media entities: Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, Daily Tribune, Malaya, Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, The Manila Times, Bulgar, Mindanao Daily News, AQ Magazine, Autocar Philippines, C! Magazine, Carmudi Magazine Philippines, Motorcycle Magazine, Power Wheels Magazine, Speed Magazine, Top Gear Philippines, Wheels & Gears Magazine,,,,,,, Ride and Drive Phils., Speed by MP Turbo,,, DZMM, Inside Motoring on DZRJ 810 AM, Motoring sa DZME, The Motoring Page on Mellow 94.7 FM, ABS-CBN, Manila Street Kings, Real World Drive and Auto Review.

About the Author

Randolph de Leon
Randy is a person with disability (PWD), a partially-blinded person with only his left eye functioning. Since childhood, the automobile has always been his passion, and is able to express it through photography and most recently, through writing as well. Outside the motoring beat, Randy spends time manning the media aspect of his business which he co-founded with his sister/college classmate. It's called Dragonlight Wellness and Solutions, a multi-business venture centering on improving peoples' lives through earning.