The Car Awards Group Inc., has concluded the second leg of Testfest in Fontana last October, 17. For the second half of testing, the judges drove a total of 28 cars bringing the total to 43 cars tested for 2015 Car of the Year Philippines and Truck of the Year Philippines.
For the second half of testing, the judges drove various cars and trucks from BAIC, Ford, Haima, Hyundai, Mazda, Mitsubishi, Nissan, and Suzuki. Mazda in particular came in full force, bringing eight cars for this year's competition.
BAIC's candidates were the pair of M20 and MZ45 vans. Ford brought with them the all-new Escape, the 4x2 and 4x4 versions of the all-new Everest, and defending 2-time Truck of the Year winner the Ranger 2.2 XLT and Ranger 3.2 Wildtrak. Haima, on the other hand, showed off their new S5 1.5L CVT crossover. It was all crossover entry-list for Hyundai with the two variants of all-new i20 Cross Sport and three for the all-new Tucson.
Mitsubishi returned from the previous week, this time with the updated ASX, while Nissan's entries were the NV350 Urvan, NP300 Navara 4x2 and 4x4, and the Juke compact crossover. Suzuki is contesting this year with the all-new Celerio.
As mentioned above Mazda brought the largest fleet for 2015. This included the Mazda 2 SkyActiv R sedan, Mazda 2 SkyActiv V hatchback, Mazda 6 Sports Sedan, Mazda 6 Sports Wagon, CX-5 FWD PRO, CX-5 AWD Sport, and a pair of MX-5 Roadsters in manual and automatic versions.
Like in the first Testfest, Qualitative testing had all CAGI members drive all participating vehicles around a designated route around the Clark Freeport Zone. Each nominee was then scored according to factors such as design, fit and finish, ergonomics, comfort, access, driving dynamics, response, and functionality. On the other hand, Quantitative testing required expert drivers from the CAGI Technical Team to measure each vehicle's performance on a closed track. Using a Racelogic VBox data logger, The CAGI Technical Team measured and recorded the acceleration, braking, performance, and handling of the cars for testing.
“CAGI is thankful for the support from the car manufacturers and distributors for entering their vehicles into the most thorough and critical consumer oriented vehicle review process in the county. Under stringent supervision by KPMG, we combine the subjective and objective scores to determine which vehicle is truly outstanding” said CAGI president Robby Consunji. “The consumers can be assured of an unbiased representation of a deserving COTY-P and TOTY–P winner at the Awards Night on November 13 at Fontana”, added Consunji. The third and final Testfest is scheduled for Tuesday, October 27, 2015.
The 2015 Car of the Year – Philippines is made possible by event partners Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks & Casino, and R. G. Manabat & Co. / KPMG, and sponsors Bose, Air Asia, HitchPro, the Manila International Auto Show, Worldbex Services International, Manila North Tollways Corporation, North Luzon Expressway, Sonax, Ultra Modular Concepts, Inc. (UMCI), Romac Group of Companies, Columbia Sportswear, SpeedLab, and LG Electronics. Media partners include BusinessMirror, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer and The Philippine Star.
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