After rigorous testing and evaluations, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) has crowned the Hyundai Elantra as the 2011-2012 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P).

The Hyundai Elantra was launched early last year, completing Hyundai's updated passenger sedan line up which includes the Accent, Sonata and Genesis. The Elantra is assembled at Hyundai's state of the art plant in Ulsan, South Korea and is sold locally by Hyundai Asia Resources.

Elantra Interior

The new Elantra is not without its share of awards around the world, having garnered the South African Car of the Year as well as being crowned North American Car of the Year at the 2012 Detroit Motor Show.

Being the Philippine Car of the Year awardee, the Elantra (in 1.8 GLS A/T guise) also took top honors in the Compact Car category. The honor roll is as follows:

Basic Subcompact: Kia Picanto 1.0L M/T

Subcompact: Suzuki Swift 1.4L A/T

Compact: Hyundai Elantra 1.8L GLS A/T

Crossover: Kia Sportage 2.0L A/T

Luxury Midsize Car: Volvo S60 T4

Luxury Compact Crossover: MINI Countryman S

Midsize SUV 4x2: Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2.5L 4x2 M/T

Midsize SUV 4x4: Mitsubishi Montero Sport GTV 4x4 A/T

Luxury SUV: Ford Explorer Ti-VCT

Pick-up 4x2: Mitsubishi Strada 4x2 A/T

Pick-up 4x4: Mitsubishi Strada 4x4 A/T

In past years various cars have won COTY-P such as the Mazda6 and the Subaru Impreza STI. Last year, the Chevrolet Cruze took the top spot. The Elantra's win is a testament to the resources that Hyundai has put into designing and engineering their cars as evidenced by their growth in markets all over the world.