After months of preparations and four Testfests, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI), the country’s premier automotive award-giving body, has named the Mazda 2 the 2015 Car of the Year-Philippines (COTY-P) and the Nissan Navara the Truck of the Year-Philippines (TOTY-P). The announcement was made at the CAGI Gala Awards Night last November 13, 2015 held at the Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks & Casino in Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga.
The overall Car of the Year title was awarded to the Mazda 2 Skyactiv R 4-door, which also won the Best Subcompact Car category. It outshined all the other 65 nominees that vied for the top award, beating them for its merits in performance, aesthetics, driving experience, and price just to name a few. The last Mazda to get the award was the Mazda 6 that won in 2013 – 2014.
Meanwhile, the Nissan NP300 Navara 2.5L 4×2 EL 7AT Calibre earned the Truck of the Year – Philippines award, besting its competitors in the highly contested truck wars. The same variant topped the 4×2 Pickup category, while the all-new Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2L 4×4 AT took home the best 4×4 Pickup award.
“CAGI has completed the most thorough and critical consumer-oriented vehicle review process in the country. We tested 78 cars and trucks from the 2015 model year, involved roughly 1,500 testdrives over 4 days. To all the car manufacturers and distributors who fielded an entry in this year’s COTY Awards, we highly appreciate your trust and confidence for allowing us to test and scrutinize your cars. Above all, thank you for supporting the objective of the COTY Awards to raise consumer awareness,” said Robby Consunji, president of the Car Awards Group, Inc.
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