After 13 years of recognizing the best car and truck models on the Philippine automotive stage, Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) finally shares the spotlight to its two-wheel counterparts with the awarding of the first-ever Motorcycle of the Year Philippines (MOTY-P) this 2017.
Named as the very first of the said prestigious accolade at C3 Place in Greenhills, San Juan City last November 27, 2017 were the following:
The Suzuki Raider R150 FI: CAGI and Carmudi.com.ph Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines Commuter Class (299 cc& below)
Suzuki GSX-R 1000 R: CAGI and Carmudi.com.ph Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines Leisure Class (300 cc & above)
The Suzuki Raider R150 FI was clearly hands down the winner in the Commuter Class (299 cc & below) as it was downright slick and stylish not to mention being gifted with a fuel-injection system that can rival other larger bikes was its biggest asset.
On the other hand, the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 R indeed lived up to its title as “King of Superbikes”, as it did not only turn heads because of its suave sporty design or cringed every nerve in the body for its orgasmic and superior mechanical prowess but absolutely put competition to a halt as it was deemed the safest among all motorcycles tested. Hence, hail to the king.
“Finally, after months of challenges just to stage the very first Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines, we’ve eventually come up with the results,” CAGI Ronald de los Reyes said in his speech.
“This is just the beginning. CAGI in Japanese means ‘key’. Hence, our name stands for something—that we serve as a key to opening new doors for the two-wheel industry. We remain positive at every turn,” he added.
Meanwhile, announced as the proud winner of the much-coveted 2017 CAGI and Carmudi.com.ph Car of the Year Philippines title was the Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel after just clawing its way to the top and coming down to the wire in a tight tabulation of over-all results with other two highly competitive finalists in the Volkswagen Jetta BE+ and the Suzuki Vitara GLX.
This top winner first edged out other rivals in its crossover AWD class, such as the Nissan X-trail, Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan before going up the ranks to compete for the top crown. Having the local consumers’ preference in mind, testers, in particular, were more focused on the essentials and thus, was primarily in tune with what the CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel was offering—high-quality interior and a number of unique distinct features that render it to stand out among the rest.
The 2017 CAGI and Carmudi.com.ph Truck of the Year – Philippines award, on the other hand, was bestowed to the Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT after besting the Isuzu D-Max 4×2 in a likewise fierce rubber match of pick-up trucks.
After topping their respective categories, the two went head-to-head in fit, feel, form and functionality with the prior just winning by a hairline in terms of interior quality and the like.
“Like what we stated prior the testing that this year’s line-up of vehicles was composed mostly of crossovers, it then eventually justified the outcome. In the history of CAGI, it was the first time that a crossover vehicle won over-all. Hence, it only means to show that manufacturers now are continuously improving their products to be able to fit the needs of the market. For Filipinos nowadays, they want vehicles that are not too big, not too small, but just right,” de los Reyes conveyed.
CAGI has etched six exhausting days in the calendar in a span of three months for the testing of all the new cars, pick-up trucks and motorcycles (three days for cars and trucks, three days for motorcycles) at Ayala Land Premier’s newest development down in Taguig, Arca South.
In this manner, after being scrutinized under the careful eye of the testers and the strict, rigorous process of partner auditing firm KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co., 41 cars and trucks together with more than fifty motorcycles were put in a seemingly torture chamber to be able to come up with best among the rest.
Coming home victorious in the car, truck and motorcycle segments are the following:
|2017 Car of the Year- Philippines Winners|
|2017 Car of the Year Winner – Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel|
|1) Chevrolet – Spark LTZ||Basic Subcompact Car|
|2) Mazda 2||Subcompact Car|
|3) Volkswagen – Jetta BE+||Compact Car|
|4) BAIC – Freedom DC (Double Cab)||Compact Commercial Utility Vehicle (Double Cab)|
|5) FotonGratour Midi-Truck||Compact Commercial Utility Vehicle (Single Cab)|
|6) Honda BR-V 1.5 S||Compact Crossover 2WD|
|7) Subaru XV 2.0is||Compact Crossover AWD|
|8) Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel||Crossover AWD|
|9) Honda CR-V 1.6 Diesel||Crossover FWD|
|10) Suzuki Vitara GLX||Subcompact Crossover|
|11) Volkswagen – Golf GTS BE+||Wagon|
|12) Honda Civic Type-R||Sport Compact|
|13) Mazda Philippines CX-9||Large Crossover AWD|
|14) Hyundai H350||Minibus|
|15) Nissan Premium||Large Van / MPV|
|16) Mini – One (Three-door)||Luxury Subcompact|
|17) Audi Q2 1.0 TFSI||Luxury Compact Crossover|
|18) Mazda MX-5||Sportscar|
|19) Maserati Levante S||Ultra-luxury crossover|
|20) Isuzu MUX||Mid-Sized SUVs 4×2|
|21) Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT||Mid-Sized SUVs 4×4|
|2017 Truck of the Year- Philippines Winners|
|2017 Truck of the Year Winner: Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT|
|1) Isuzu D-Max 4×2||4×2|
|2) Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT||4×4|
|First-ever Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines Winners|
|Motorcycle of the Year- Philippines Commuter – Suzuki Raider R150 FI|
|Motorcycle of the Year – Philippines Leisure – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 R|
|Manufacturer & Model||Category||Class|
|1) Kymco Racing King 180cc||Sport Scooter 180-200||Commuter|
|2) MotorstarXplorer 200||Sport Backbone 180-200||Commuter|
|3) Honda Click 150i||Scooter 150-155||Commuter|
|4) Honda Click 125i||Scooter 116-125||Commuter|
|5) Kymco Like w/ Top Box||Retro Scooter 116-125||Commuter|
|6) TVS Apache 200 4V||Standard Backbone 180-200||Commuter|
|7) TVS Rock Z||Underbone 116-125||Commuter|
|8) TVS Max Semitrail||Dual Sport 116-125||Commuter|
|9) TVS Neo||Underbone 100-115||Commuter|
|10) Suzuki BURGMAN 200||Maxi Scooter 180-200||Commuter|
|11) Suzuki Raider J 115 FI (Spokes)||Sport Underbone 100-115||Commuter|
|12) Suzuki GSX-R150||Sport Backbone 126-150||Commuter|
|13) Suzuki Raider R150 FI||Sport Underbone 126-150||Commuter|
|14) Suzuki GD110||Business Model 100-115||Commuter|
|15) Suzuki GSX-S150||Standard Backbone 150-155||Commuter|
|16) Suzuki Address||Scooter 100-115||Commuter|
|17) Honda XRM DS 125||Sport Underbone 116-125||Commuter|
|18) Royal Enfield Himalayan Black||Adventure/Dual Sport 401-499||Leisure|
|19) Royal Enfield Classic 500 Chrome||Standard 500-550||Leisure|
|20) Indian Motorcycle Scout||Cruiser 1200||Leisure|
|21) Indian Motorcycle Scout Sixty||Cruiser 1000||Leisure|
|22) Ural Retro||Standard 750 w/ sidecar||Leisure|
|23) Kymco Exciting 400i||Maxi Scooter 400||Leisure|
|24) Kymco AK550||Maxi Scooter 500-550||Leisure|
|25) Harley Davidson Street Rod||Cruiser 700-750||Leisure|
|26) Harley Davidson Street XG500||Cruiser 500-550||Leisure|
|27) Suzuki GSX-R 1000R||Sport 1000||Leisure|
|28) Suzuki GSX-S750||Standard 700-750||Leisure|
|29) Suzuki SV650||Standard 600-650||Leisure|
|30) Motorstar Café 400 Single Pipe||Standard 351-400||Leisure|
The awarding ceremonies were also only made possible with the strong partnership of co-presenter Carmudi Philippines, together with the support of Ayala Land Premier, Arca South, NLEX Corporation, Worldbex Services International, Manila International Auto Show and SEC.
This was in collaboration with Car Awards Group, Inc. and its media partners: Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Philippines Graphic Magazine, Philippine Star, Cook Magazine, Malaya Business Insight, The Manila Times, JamesDeakin.ph, Carmudi.com.ph, Home Radio, DWIZ, Motortech.ph, ANC, TurbanRider.com, MotorsikloXklusibo, RidePh, Jap Media, Lifestyle on Wheels, Wheels Philippines, Makina and Aliw Media Group.
CAGI has members from the following media entities: Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, Daily Tribune, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, The Manila Times, Bulgar, Mindanao Daily News, AQ Magazine, Autocar Philippines, C! Magazine, Carmudi Magazine Philippines, Motorcycle Magazine, Power Wheels Magazine, Speed Magazine, Top Gear Philippines, Wheels & Gears Magazine, 2nerMagazine.com, Ignition.ph, InterAksyon.com, Kotse.com, ManilaSpeak.com, MotionCars.com, Ride and Drive Phils., Speed by MP Turbo, SprocketPh.com, TessDrive.com, DZMM, Inside Motoring on DZRJ 810 AM, Mellow 94.7, Motoring sa DZME, The Motoring Page on Mellow 94.7 FM, ABS-CBN, Manila Street Kings, Real World Drive and Auto Review.