CAGI Awards Maiden Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines Winners; 2017 Cars and Trucks Recognized Anew

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 Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines Commuter Class (299 cc& below)


Suzuki GSX-R 1000 R: CAGI and 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 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.

2017 CAGI and Car of the Year Philippines Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel displayed at host venue Arca South in Taguig City

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 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.

2017 CAGI and Truck of the Year-Philippines Winner: Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT

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.

The 2017 Car of the Year Philippines Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel and the 2017 Truck of the Year Philippines Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT were announced big winners at C3 Place in Greenhills, San Juan City. (L-R) Honda Cars Philippines, Inc (HCPI) President Mr. Noryuki Takakura, Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) President Ronald de los Reyes, HCPI Spokesperson Atty. Louie Soriano, Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corporation (MMPC) Media Affairs and Activation Rosemary Cruz, MMPC Manager for Advertising and Promotions Arlan Reyes, MMPC First Vice President Mr. Froilan Dytianquin (extreme right) present the victors to the media.

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
Category Winners
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,,, Home Radio, DWIZ,, ANC,, 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,,,,,,, Ride and Drive Phils., Speed by MP Turbo,,, 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.