The editors and writers of Top Gear Philippines have named the Mazda 6 the recipient of its 2013 Car of the Year award, the second year they have handed out the distinction after the Toyota 86 won the maiden one last year. The story is featured in the December/January issue of the magazine.
In winning the award, Mazda's excellent midsize sedan earned 103 points out of a possible 150. Six judges out of a 15-man panel gave the 6 their first-place votes. The judges were editor-in-chief Vernon B. Sarne, associate editor Paulo Subido, features editor Dinzo Tabamo, consumer editor Botchi Santos, technical editor Ferman Lao, motorsports editor Mikko David, off-road editor Robby Consunji, copy editor Sharleen Banzon, online writer Patrick Tadeo, art director Jaykee Evangelista, publisher Jeff Reyes, and writers Brian Afuang, Jason dela Cruz, Andy Leuterio and Niky Tamayo.
The judges were asked to list their top five choices for the award, with the picks earning assigned points (10, 7, 5, 3 and 1).
"There was a thick, dark cloud of gloom hovering above the Mazda brand entering 2013," wrote Sarne in the story. "Thanks to the 6, that cloud was lifted faster than you could spell 'Skyactiv'. The third-generation model of the award-winning sedan created ripples in the market and through the ranks of hard-to-impress motoring writers."
The Honda CR-Z (78 points) and the Lexus IS350 (52 points) finished first and second runners-up, each getting three first-place votes. The new Toyota Vios, the best-selling car in the Philippines, was third runner-up with 28 points and no first-place votes. The Hyundai Accent Hatchback CRDi was fourth runner-up with 22 points and one first-place vote. The Ford Ranger Wildtrak and the Mazda CX-5 AWD Sport got the other two first-place votes.
"The Mazda 6 may have revived the moribund midsize-sedan class, with the Chevrolet Malibu and the Honda Accord following in its wake," wrote Sarne, who gave his first-place vote to the IS350. "Suddenly, Mazda is cool again, and executive sedans are relevant once more."
To see the complete list of votes of all 15 judges, get a copy of Top Gear Philippines' December/January issue.