It's that time of the year again. Yhe Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) is getting ready to crown a new Car of the Year for 2011 - 2012. See which car will take the top honors tomorrow at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City. The awards night will take place after the opening day of the Manila International Auto Show.

Entries were open to all new passenger and commercial vehicles introduced between November 1, 2010 and October 31, 2011. This year, a total of 36 cars in 13 different categories are vying for the title.

In search for the next COTY-P, all the candidate vehicles went through a Qualitative test (based purely on “look” and “feel”) and a Technical test (analyzing acceleration, braking, and handling performance). Results of both tests are then tallied, analyzed and audited to come up with this year's winner.

“We're excited to be awarding the Philippines' 2011 - 2012 Car of the Year at the Manila International Auto Show. It's going to be an unexpected and surprise victory for our winner as it's kept under lock and key by our auditors at MG Madrid & Co. until the unveiling on the awards night,” said CAGI President Ferman Lao.

For eight years running, CAGI has recognized the best vehicles in the market, awarding the coveted title of Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) to the car with the best value for money for consumers. Among the awardees of the Philippine Car of the Year are the Honda Accord (2004), Honda Civic (2005), Mazda 6 (2006), Volvo C30 (2007), Subaru Impreza STI (2008), Subaru Legacy 2.5 Liter GT (2009), and the Chevrolet Cruze (2010-2011).

The COTY-P awards is an annual consumer-oriented event organized by CAGI, a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of more than 50 motoring journalists from various print, broadcast, and online media outlets.