The people grinning from ear to ear in the photo above are the key officers of Berjaya Auto Philippines, the local distributor of Mazda vehicles. They were extremely ecstatic last night at the awarding ceremonies of the 2013-2014 Car of the Year organized by the Car Awards Group Inc., an association of motoring journalists that include a few staffers from Top Gear Philippines, because the Mazda 6--as we reported the other day--was officially crowned the group's new COTY. This marks the first time CAGI's Car of the Year is also our COTY awardee.
The Ford Ranger Wildtrak, meanwhile, was honored with the Truck of the Year award, which is why the folks in the photo below--the key executives of Ford Philippines--were themselves flaunting their pearly whites.
Last year's awardees were the Mitsubishi Mirage (Car of the Year) and the Mazda BT-50 (Truck of the Year).
"Voting for the 2013-2014 COTY and TOTY was tough," said CAGI president Ferman Lao, who also happens to be our technical editor. "The continually increasing improvements, value and competitiveness the new models brought to their respective classes, made distinguishing between the standouts and the middle of the pack very difficult."
Here is the complete list of category winners and special awardees:
Car of the Year - Mazda 6
Truck of the Year - Ford Ranger Wildtrak
Basic Subcompact - Mitsubishi Mirage G4 GLX MT
Subcompact - Hyundai Accent CRDi Hatchback MT
Premium Subcompact - Ford Fiesta Titanium Sedan
Executive Car - Mazda 6
Sports Car - Honda CR-Z Modulo MT
Compact 4x2 Crossover - Mazda CX-5 2.0 Pro
Compact 4x4 Crossover - Mazda CX-5 2.5 AWD
Midsize Crossover - Kia Sorento LX FWD
Premium Crossover - Volvo V40
SUV - Chevrolet Trailblazer 4x2 AT
Van - Foton View Traveler
4x2 Pickup - Isuzu D-Max LS 4x2 AT
4x4 Pickup - Ford Ranger Wildtrak
CAGI Motorsports Award - Hyundai Asia Resources Inc.
Speedlab Tuner's Choice Award - Honda CR-Z
Bosch Technical Innovation Award - BYD F5
AAP Road Safety Award - Volvo S60 T6 Polestar
MIAS Show & Go Award - Subaru BRZ
Filinvest Lifestyle Award - Mini Paceman Cooper S
Caltex Techron Green Award - Kia Carens
Conspicuously absent from the honor roll is Toyota, which, as the runaway sales leader in the Philippine market, is probably just whistling away while reading this.
Congratulations to all the winners!