Great Wall Cars, through its Philippine importer and distributor, Statemotor Corp., has joined this year's Car of the Year-Philippines (Coty-P), as organized by the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI).

The Coty-P is an annual, rigorous competition involving both qualitative judging and instrumented performance tests that is open to all new cars and vehicle models available for purchase during the calendar year. Cars competing in Coty-P are scrutinized by CAGI's 150 members, who come from various industry publications and media outlets, and test scores are audited at the end of the competition.

CAGI officers, headed by its Ferman Lao (President), Bam Olivares (VP-internal affairs), Kris Lim (Corporate secretary) and Bess Zamora (Treasurer), recently visited Statemotor Corp. to finalize Great Wall Cars' participation as well as to present plans for this year's awards including the test venue, technical criteria, and media support activities.

Statemotor Corp. president and CEO Allen Roxas confirmed that Great Wall will enter its Wingle pickup and Hover SUV in the competition. "Our company is looking forward to seeing our products, in particular our Wingle and Hover, go up against the best vehicles in their respective classes. I am confident that they will impress the members of the Philippine motoring media, who will serve as the judges," Roxas said.

The Wingle is the latest in a long line of award-winning pickups from Great Wall Motor Co. Ltd. (GW), China's first privately-owned automaker listed in the Hong Kong stock market. The Hover, meanwhile, represents a fashionable and adventurous lifestyle.