Starting October 10, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) will begin their 12th testing season to find the country's best car of 2015. With firm commitments from almost all car manufacturers and distributors, this year’s Testfest promises to be a busy one for the participating members.
The staging area for both qualitative and quantitative testing will be at Fontana Hot Spring Leisure Parks & Casino. Participants are set to go through a predetermined route inside the Clark Freeport Zone for the Quantitative testing. Some of the contenders for this year are vehicles from Aston Martin, BAIC, BYD, Ford, Foton, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lexus, Lotus, Mazda, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Rolls Royce, Subaru, Suzuki, Tata, Toyota, Volkswagen, and Volvo. A golf tournament and the awarding ceremony is scheduled to be held on November 13, 2015 to coincide with the Fontana Clark Auto Motorama 2015 to be held from November 13 to 15, 2015.
New this season is CAGI’S partnership with auditing firm R. G. Manabat & Co., a Philippine partnership and member firm of the KPMG network of individual firms affiliated with KPMG International Cooperative (KPMG International). The company has helped CAGI refine the COTY-P and TOTY-P Awards process and methodology, and shall conduct an independent validation of the Testfest results.
Categories for this year's COTY-P and TOTY-P are Basic Subcompact; Subcompact, Premium Subcompact; Compact Car, Executive Car, Luxury Compact Car; Ultra-Luxury Car, Subcompact Crossover; Compact Crossover; Compact SUV; Midsize SUV; Pick-up 4x2; Pick-up 4x4; Subcompact MPV; Compact MPV; and Large MPV/Van. The entries that top their respective classes then become the candidates for COTY-P and TOTY-P.
The 2015 testing season is open to all “all-new” or “significantly updated” vehicles launched to the local market from October 2014 to October 2015. For purposes of definition, “significantly updated” refers to vehicles that have had significant mechanical or electronic changes to the powertrain, drivetrain, suspension or activity systems that affect the way they drive or operate.
Since its beginnings in 2004, CAGI has been giving more than a decade’s worth of awards to the most outstanding vehicles available in the market. Independently recognizing the best vehicles in each class without the sway of advertising revenue is CAGI’s contribution to raising consumer awareness. The group takes pride of the fact that their operations are free from any support from manufacturers and dealers, save for the vehicles submitted for testing.
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 the Manila International Auto Show, Worldbex Services International, Manila North Tollways Corporation, North Luzon Expressway, SpeedLab, Columbia Sportswear, Eleksis Marketing Corporation, and LG Electronics. Media partners include BusinessMirror, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, and The Philippine Star.
The Car Awards Group, Inc. is represented by the following media entities:Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, Daily Tribune, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, Manila Times, Mindanao Daily News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, AQ Magazine, Brand Magazine, C! Magazine, Gadgets Magazine, Motorcycle Magazine, Power Wheels Magazine, Speed Magazine, Stuff Magazine, Top Gear Philippines, Autodeal.com.ph, Autoindustriya.com, CarGuidePh.com, Carmundi.com.ph, Interaksyon.com, Kotse.com, ManilaSpeak.com, MotionCars.com, SprocketPH.com, TessDrive.com, TimeAttackManila.com.ph, Yugatech.com, Auto Focus, Auto Review, Motoring Today, Stoplight TV, Motoring sa DZME, DZMM, The Motoring Page on Mellow 94.7 FM, and Inside Motoring on DZRJ 810 AM