Mitsubishi Mirage is 2012-2013 Car of the Year-Philippines

 

2012-2013 Car of the Year-Philippines

Mitsubishi Mirage

After having tested around 81 new vehicles introduced to the Philippine market from October 2011 to October 2012, the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) declared the Mitsubishi Mirage the 2012-2013 Car of the Year-Philippines at an awards ceremony held tonight at the 2013 Manila International Auto Show.

CAGI is composed of several members of the Philippine motoring press, including a few from Top Gear Philippines. Our technical editor, Ferman Lao, is the group's current president.

The Mazda BT-50, meanwhile, was named 2012-2013 Truck of the Year, a new award the group handed out this year. Trucks now have a separate category because, as TopGear.com.ph writer Niky Tamayo explains, "trucks will never win COTY." However, only pickups were included in this category this year. SUVs might be thrown in starting next year, according to Tamayo.

Below is the list of winners:

Car of the Year - Mitsubishi Mirage

Truck of the Year - Mazda BT-50

Basic Subcompact Car - Mitsubishi Mirage GLS MT

Subcompact Car - Hyundai Accent CRDi

Compact Car - Ford Focus Titanium (sedan)

Midsize Car - Toyota Camry 2.5V

Compact Crossover 2WD - Mazda CX-5

Compact Crossover AWD - Honda CR-V 2.4 EX AWD

Midsize Crossover - Hyundai Santa Fe 2WD

Large Crossover - Ford Explorer FWD 2.0T

Premium SUV -Jeep Grand Cherokee

SUV - Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0 V6 GLS

Compact Van and MPV - Toyota Avanza 1.3E

Van and MPV - Peugeot 5008

Luxury Van and MPV - Honda Odyssey 3.5 V6

RWD Sports Car - Hyundai Genesis 2.0T

FWD Sports Car - Mini Coupe Cooper S

Luxury Compact Crossover - Ranger Rover Evoque

Premium Midsize Car - Volvo S60 D3

Pickup 4x2 - Ford Ranger XLT MT

Pickup 4x4- Mazda BT-50

Special awards:

Clark International Speedway Motorsports Award- Hyundai Automotive Resources, for its sponsorship of the Lateral Drift Championship

Speedlab Tuner Award -Toyota 86

Bosch Technical Advancement Award -Foton Thunder

AAP Road Safety Award -Ford Focus with Ford Active City Stop

Eton Centris Urban Warrior -Subaru XV

Standard Insurance Award -Chevrolet Trailblazer

Caltex with Techron Green Award -Toyota Prius C

RCBC Savings and Loans Best Value for Money Award -Kia Rio 1.2 LX

So...comments?

UPDATE: We have just been informed by CAGI president Ferman Lao that theSubcompact Hybridcategory was scrapped at the last minute because there was only one qualified entry--the Toyota Prius C--in this segment.

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  • The Stig Apr 04 2013 @ 10:26pm
    congrats!
  • Johnry Apr 04 2013 @ 10:31pm
    How is the mazda the truck of the year not the hilux? o.O
    • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 02:07pm
      The new BT-50 is bigger, more powerful, can tow more, can carry more, more interior tech, higher ground clearance and higher water wading depth than the Hilux.

      I forget... What was your reason for expecting the Hilux to win again?
      • warak1422 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:36pm
        wala pa Wildtrak 3.2 dyan ha,,,na late lang ang launching hehe
      • The Stig Apr 05 2013 @ 08:00pm
        LOL
  • JTV360 Apr 04 2013 @ 10:33pm
    I hate to say this but, di ba parang small-time ang dating ng Pinas niyan na budget car pa ang nanalo ng COTY? Anyways, just my $0.02..
    • RS500 Apr 04 2013 @ 10:35pm
      Golf GTi nga eh Car of the year din samantalang budget car din un sa europe
      • JTV360 Apr 04 2013 @ 10:47pm
        Malayo naman ang Golf sa Mirage bro, it seems you didn't get my point.
        • RS500 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:11pm
          ah yes medyo na iba siguro iniisip ko sir. my apologies.
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:24am
          To note... Mazda2 has also won World Car of the Year. As has the Volkswagen UP, which is also the same size as the Mirage.
    • John Rigor Apr 04 2013 @ 10:58pm
      Winning car of the year is not about the cost, but it's about the innovation it brings to the people.

      I think the Mirage deserves COTY award. It gave us Filipinos a cheap car that doesn't feel cheap. I mean, the car rides well, has enough power, space and toys, and is really fuel efficient. Try driving one and you'll see why it's a good car.
      • JTV360 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:01pm
        Na test drive ko siya sa MOA yung may free concert tickets pa. Not that good IMO. NVH levels is terrible. I just think the Focus should've won.
      • JTV360 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:13pm
        If it was called the "Bang For The Buck Award", I might not have a problem with it winning it all.
        • John Rigor Apr 06 2013 @ 10:55am
          "Bang for the buck" is one important category. I mean what makes the Nissan GTR lengendary? It's the fact that it could still whoop cars that are thrice or four times its price.

          To be honest, I was actually rooting for the 86 or the Accent Diesel. But I also think the Mirage deserves it. In some ways, the Mirage is just like the GTR. It brings once unattainable technologies down to the masses, and I think that's enough reason why it deserves the award.
    • jigsaw Apr 04 2013 @ 11:11pm
      Nananaginip ka ba na big-time ang Philippines when it comes to automotive industry? The Philippines is a small market looking at a global perspective. There's nothing wrong if a budget car won the COTY. Budget doesn't necessarily equate to being cheap.
      • JTV360 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:18pm
        Eh di lalo nga tayong ii-smallin, that was my point in my first comment. Budget is cheap! I can just imagine the face of Jeremy when he sees this.
        • 17Sphynx17 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:23pm
          And imagining the face of Jeremy clarkson changes the reality of the market how? Does his face make the Philippine automotive market disregard its realities and needs in light of it? Hmm.... I mean seriously, how should what we "value" costing less in other market define us as a person?

          If a man can purchase a BMW and he opts to buy a Toyota, does it make him less of a person?
      • FanBoy Apr 04 2013 @ 11:21pm
        I find the 86 more qualified than the Mirage. :/ Kahit na mahal pero, the 86 really brings EXCITEMENT once again sa market natin kasi
        1. a relatively cheap sports car
        2. a breakthrough talaga
        3. exciting
        But again, this is just my point. I also think Focus is also a very very good contender (paging Torpydoo, you may now comment).

        Mirage, is an okay car. Pero, I think the point of JTV360 also counts, well rooted.
        • jigsaw Apr 04 2013 @ 11:45pm
          Can 86 carry 5 people? I know the Mirage can, at one-third of the price :)
          • carwiki Apr 05 2013 @ 08:38am
            Agree. 86 only carries 4 people. 2 short-heighted people on the back and another two in the front for the tall people. :P
          • DePendot Apr 05 2013 @ 11:42am
            owner type jeep din kaya, 1/10th of a price. nyahaha! ano to paramihan ng sakay??? :-p peace!
    • 17Sphynx17 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:20pm
      I don't think it even matters whether or not the COTY is awarded to a budget segment car. I mean it is called Philippine COTY for a reason right? At least when you see the winner, you have to be relateable to the market serving the COTY award (I believe). I mean, if we say awarded it to a Ferrari/Lambo/Porsche, that would just simply alienate the Philippine market in general. Why even bother with a COTY then?
      • JTV360 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:28pm
        No, of course I'm not sayin' that exotic cars should win lol. But I get your point.
  • RS500 Apr 04 2013 @ 10:36pm
    Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0 V6 GLS? ha? bakit di pa yung diesel?
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:31am
      Diesel not qualified. Candidate must be a variant with major mechanical differences to last year's model. A brand new engine counts. A simple grille change and extra toys don't.
    • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 11:58pm
      Why not the Trailblazer? It's a much better pick I think.
  • wertyamatz22 Apr 04 2013 @ 10:37pm
    amazing! bagong labas lang car of the year awardee na!
  • mon7410 Apr 04 2013 @ 10:43pm
    Pickup 4x4 - Mazda BT-50?...... weh?> haaha
    • FanBoy Apr 04 2013 @ 11:03pm
      At the test kasi, Ranger 4x4 was not yet in the PH :)
      • 17Sphynx17 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:15pm
        maybe it's because the ranger 4x4 was only 2.2 while the BT50 already had the 3.2 in our shores. Just saying...
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:32am
      The Ford Ranger 3.2 was not yet on the market during the nomination period. And what's wrong with the BT50? It's basically a Ranger 3.2 with traction control, stability control, a six speed automatic and a nicer interior. Don't knock the car till you've actually driven it.
      • warak1422 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:42pm
        4 me, the design of BT50 is baduy hehe
  • GTi Apr 04 2013 @ 10:45pm
    How did the gasoline V6 Montero end up being SUV of the year?
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:33am
      SUV of the year is only a sub-class, not an overall trophy like truck of the year. ;)
      • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 08:22pm
        Which went to BT-50
      • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 11:58pm
        Why not the Trailblazer?
      • GTi Apr 06 2013 @ 06:30pm
        Yeah, but still... Is it really THAT good? I get that its definitely fast, but then there's that 5km/L gas mileage...
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 06 2013 @ 07:02pm
          Fuel economy not part of the program... but we're trying to include it.

          Personally? Top-of-the-line Montero versus Top-of-the-line Trailblazer? TB na. Fantastic truck. Smooth ride, nice leather, nice, punchy engine. But since price is part of the equation, the question is whether the TB is 400k better than the Montero V6. And here, doubts about the interior start counting against the TB.

          • GTi Apr 06 2013 @ 10:52pm
            True. But fuel economy is one of the most important items in most buyers' shortlists. It'd be great if this is included, and then published.
            • Niky Tamayo
              Niky Tamayo Apr 06 2013 @ 11:58pm
              Understandably, a "realistic" fuel economy test is a very, VERY hard sell. And that's what was planned... one that simulated driving in traffic at low target speeds, stopping every so often and then going.

              Some are willing to do the test, but many others are not. Can't really count it as part of the score unless everyone does it.

              You can expect even diesel trucks to get much less than 10 km/l on that test, as opposed to the 14-18 they can get on the DOE 300 km run. And the test entails extra cost for them, so you can understand why they're hesitant.

              We could take DOE numbers or EPA numbers, but since not all cars are covered by either, di rin puwede. Until the DOE mandates EPA-style efficiency testing (which we'd be happy to help with :D ) with mixed cycle driving, there's no way to get an apples-to-apples of it.

              We're trying, man... we're trying.
              • GTi Apr 09 2013 @ 11:25pm
                Yeah. Just sharing, our '08 Santa Fe 4x2 CRDi gets 6-7.5km/L city! Would you believe that?! Very far indeed from what manufacturers would claim. Of course that includes VERY heavy-footed driving from a driver who used to drag race, and extended idling time with the A/C on.
              • Niky Tamayo
                Niky Tamayo Apr 10 2013 @ 12:16pm
                Sounds about right. Idling in traffic, cars like the Montero Sport and Traiblazer can do 5-6 km/l... :p ...even if some owners claim they do 8-10 in the city. "Traffic" means different things to different people...
  • JoHunter Apr 04 2013 @ 11:04pm
    I'm sorry but any awards body where the Montero Sport can beat the Range Rover is pretty hard to believe.
    • aargh Apr 05 2013 @ 08:50am
      I think a big consideration in judging is the pricing. Yes the range rover is a lot better than the montero, but when you factor in the price.... If price is taken out of the criteria, then no budget car will ever win the award.
      • Niky Tamayo
        Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:19am
        The Evoque starts at the high 5s, and the 3-door is 6m plus. Its natural competitors, the X3 and Q5, cost over 1m less. The base X5 and X6 are in the same price range, with bigger engines. But hell... the Evoque is certainly luxurious...
      • JoHunter Apr 05 2013 @ 11:00pm
        In that case then price-to-value comparisons should have been made. Like we know the Range Rover is around 7 to 8 times pricier than the Montero Sport, but it's also 10 times better. So the Range Rover should still have won.
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 06 2013 @ 09:44am
          Again, though... the SUV of the Year is not a blanket award.

          If it was, though, we would still have to show that the Evoque was five times better, not only in terms of luxury, but also in terms of space, power, handling and braking.

          That's a difficult ask. And part of the reason why a luxury car has never won COTY-P.
    • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 08:25pm
      This is their fault for making vague categories. There should have been an "Affordable SUV" and a "Premium SUV" which incidentally went tot the Grand Cherokee for some reason (I forget what was new about this vehicle which has been around since 2010 for 2012).

      I would also add that crossovers and SUV shouldn't be 2 distinct classes anymore. There is simply not enough practical differences (no their ground clearance is not enough difference) between these two vehicles.
      • Niky Tamayo
        Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:19pm
        I hear you. Classification has always been tricky... but while crossover and SUV buyers may cross-shop sometimes, true SUVs and crossovers have radically different philosophies.

        We discussed the issue before... I had the same mindset as you, actually, but over time, and after test driving so many crossovers and SUVs, I began to see the logic of the situation.

        You cannot expect a crossover to have the same cargo, towing and off-road capability as a ladder-frame or even a unibody SUV (with a true low range transfer case), and you can't expect a rugged SUV to be as refined as a crossover.

        The validation for the categories is in the fact that most classes are made up of cars that most buyers would consider natural competitors. There are some where it is murky, but it can't be helped, really.

        My take on the SUVs, it should be SUV, Midsized SUV, Large SUV... then "premium" of each category and "luxury" above that. But not all the categories are filled in the Philippines, and not all of them have new entries every year.
        • vgpena Apr 06 2013 @ 12:23am
          I'm pretty sure cargo space is the same between the Santa Fe, the Montero, the Fortuner, the Explorer, Sorento. Only off-roading and towing capabilities are truly different but there are rarely situations where the buyer makes the choice based on these two aspects of the CUV/SUV. Like you said, it gets murky here because the distinction between these two classes of vehicles are very small in a LOT of ways so why try to highlight those distinctions when only a very few could actually benefit from such a distinction (namely car buffs)?

          Isn't the purpose of this awarding body to make clearer the choices to be made by car buyers by giving recognition to the few truly excellent new vehicles in our country? Doesn't nit-picking these small differences make things murkier and more confusing for the average car-buyers?

          Unless you're arguing that by making this distinction car-buyers instantly become more informed of the subtle differences between a crossover and an SUV I think it's more helpful for car buyers and, it seems, even readers of car magazines like (all the people commenting on this topic) to keep your awards to broader, more easily understood categories. Don't you agree?
          • Niky Tamayo
            Niky Tamayo Apr 06 2013 @ 10:01am
            It's not nitpicking, though. Basically, SUVs are light-truck based, Crossovers are not. The problem is that the line is blurring, and yes, to many buyers, there is no difference, but the aim of separating them is to help educate buyers about the differences.

            While I agree with you in part, I also see the logic of the other argument. Yes, perhaps enlightening people as to the differences would be a good thing.

            This is something we do discuss every year, don't worry... eventually the classes may merge, but that will take a while. ;)
            • vgpena Apr 06 2013 @ 05:35pm
              It was merged last year wasn't it? It un-merged this year I think. (Explorer was categorized as an SUV last year and no crossovers too)
  • FanBoy Apr 04 2013 @ 11:04pm
    My heart was for the 86 :( But Congrats sa Mirage. :)
    • warak1422 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:44pm
      my heart and my mind = BRZ hehe
  • FanBoy Apr 04 2013 @ 11:07pm
    What award is 'SUV' given to Montero Sport?
  • 17Sphynx17 Apr 04 2013 @ 11:11pm
    Just a curious question, is there any other subcompact hybrid in our market other than the Prius C? Isn't it somewhat silly then to have it win when it is the only car in the category?

    Also, I just don't get how the Monty v6 ends up winning SUV of the year when the TB is in the running as well? I understand why it is the v6 because it needed to be released last year so the TB is a contender right?

    The Ford Explorer a crossover?

    And I also find it funny that they had to separate compact VAN/MPV and VAN/MPV and another luxury Van/MPV category. Give everyone a prize much? I think the categories are too "bountiful" (for lack of a better word) given our market and the number of models that actually get released or refreshed here.



    My two cents
    • wazdog Apr 05 2013 @ 12:14am
      The Explorer shares a unibody platform with the Ford Taurus and Ford Flex among others. So yes, it is a crossover.
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:36am
      The SUV award is only a class award, not an overall award like Car of the Year or Truck of the Year... but perhaps next year an overall SUV award will be given. The MS won in class over the TB on a combination of refinement (gas V6 versus even the best diesel... no contest), features and performance. The TB is nice, but since price is also considered in the scoring, the high price of the 4x4 TB was a big handicap. As was the tight room in the rear and some of the plastics and interior materials, which didn't impress some judges (I thought the TB interior was excellent, personally).
      • wazdog Apr 05 2013 @ 03:59am
        You must be the only other Filipino aside from me who would rate a petrol engine higher than a diesel. All I hear in the philippines is diesel this, crdi that, low rev torque, etc. I personally can't stand that terrible NVH and I don't see the fuss about the torque. I will give diese credit for the great fuel economy though.
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 04:07am
          I love diesels, but there's no denying that the Mitsubishi 3.0 is sweet. Smooth, torquey and powerful. Not quite as fantastic here as it was in the Outlander (the Outlander V6 would have given the Forester XT a run for its money if marketed properly), but still a great motor.
      • Alllan Apr 08 2013 @ 04:42am
        So the TB failed in having tighter rear space and less quality plastic and interior than the montero.
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 08 2013 @ 11:34am
          Interior space, material quality, fit and finish, entertainment, etcetera, are all graded in the quality testing. From talking with the others, some were not that impressed with the interior finishing. Again, though, I thought it was nice, especially considering the fit and finish of cars like the Fort and Montero are also not great. And it is the only truck in the class that has a nicer ride than the Montero Sport. (personal opinion)

          But in the end, the question would be: is it great for the price? The 4x4 Trailblazer is 1.7m. The Montero Sport 3.0 V6 is 1.45m. Big gap in pricing.

          And that's all there is to it.
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:37am
      VAN/MPV. Not much we could do. Too wide a price range to put them together. Can't honestly compare an Avanza to an Orlando, or an Orlando to an Odyssey. The price differential and market segments are way too far apart.

      And yes, the Explorer is a crossover. Front-wheel drive, transverse engine, unibody based on the Ford Taurus/Flex.
      • 17Sphynx17 Apr 06 2013 @ 06:08pm
        thanks for wazdog and your clarification. I didn't know that fact about the Explorer. Surprising. hehe!

        Although, in terms of the issue of price difference, how could one then categorize a vehicle "compact/subcompact" like say the 1 series or m1? is it lumped in with the subcompact class? Or a luxury subcompact class is created in leiu of it? Or a Merc A Class or maybe even an AMG version of an A-Class (Maybe)?

        The issue I generally have with the "separation" is that these "luxury models" tend to have base models as well which is almost in line with the TOTL of your non-luxury makes. So do the base models from luxury brands duke it out with the regular ones?

        I'm just curious.

        This goes again with models like the Camry, Accord, Mazda6, 5 series, A6, s60 etc. The "goodies" are there in both (generally speaking) but price is the main difference right? So does it mean we also separate the car class of luxury just because of price?

        Just a curious observer here and I am enlightened everyday by posts like your niky so I do not claim that I am right or stating a fact here. So TIA for reading and, if ever, replying as well. =)

        Cheers!
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 06 2013 @ 07:13pm
          The categories change over time, as you can see in my discussion with vgpena in another subthread on this article. It used to be easy. The EPA had a footprint classification for cars, SUVs and pick-ups. But the classes have been changing over time. The first Civic was a supermini. The next was subcompact. Then the Civic became a compact in the 90's. But today's Civic is a midsized car. We still call it compact because that's the class, but eventually, we'll be forced to rename the class midsized.

          As for price differences for trim levels... that's a problem. Before my time, the classes were subdivided into many different price ranges. (ex: 700-800k, basic compact, 800k-1.1m, compact, 1.5m-2m, executive compact, 2m luxury compact), but the "basic" division has been dropped this time around. I think it was because there was too much subdivision. Imagine, the Mirage would compete in two different categories, if that were the case!

          We review the classes and the justification for each class (price, size, weight, engine selection, etcetera) each year. No classification is truly perfect. Even if you base classification on strictly objective measures, you get oddballs like the "subcompact" Bentley Continental. I can understand why some people will question some of the classes, but we do the best we can.
          • 17Sphynx17 Apr 06 2013 @ 07:41pm
            Thanks niky for the reply. And I really appreciate it.

          • 17Sphynx17 Apr 06 2013 @ 07:44pm
            Oh, maybe next year instead of subcompact and basic subcompact category, maybe it should be subcompact hatch and subcompact sedan.

            Mirage winning your COTY would mean it would have still won over the accent either way, so the difference of their price makes the mirage more of the justifiable winner based on the objective criteria you all prepared.

            But some vehicle have sedan versions only, or hatch only versions and they are spec'd differently of drive differently to a certain degress. So maybe, just maybe, it would be a bit more justifiable subdivision criteria instead of subcompact and basic subcompact.

            My two cents. =)
            • Niky Tamayo
              Niky Tamayo Apr 07 2013 @ 12:00am
              Sedan versus hatch... no go... I don't think there are enough hatches in the subcompact and compact class for it... and the basic subcompact (mini) class is 99% hatch. (When the Mirage sedan comes in, it'll be a pain to classify!)

  • dheezhee Apr 05 2013 @ 01:24am
    Barely half a year since its launch and the sheer number on the road speaks for itself... Pinoys love the Mirage!
  • bruce Apr 05 2013 @ 01:33am
    Wow! at ang daming category.. i can only say congrats to mitsu!
    • Kyoichi Sudo Apr 05 2013 @ 08:20am
      Salamat bro dahil tanging ikaw lang ang may pinakamatinong comment dto sa article na 'to...
      • bruce Apr 05 2013 @ 10:44am
        Haha.. Nothing to bash and nothing to be ashamed of. The award was given by neutral judges and i believe they have criteria for the judging. We just don't know them which is causing this "confusion". Whatever car wins the PH COTY, there will always be bashing here and there.. There's the saying "you can't please everybody".. :)
      • warak1422 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:46pm
        hehe
  • triple4 Apr 05 2013 @ 01:34am
    The CRV is a crossover? Also, may kalaban ba ang Prius sa hybrid category? Dapat hiniwalay ang mpv and van. More categories means more award means everybody (car manufacturers) happy hehe
    • snoid_zero Apr 05 2013 @ 07:35am
      since the first generation it was a crossover. it has always been a unibody loosely derived from honda civic.
    • BobbyM Apr 08 2013 @ 04:30pm
      the CR-V has always been a crossover like the explorer, unibody and car-based platform. the first gen was called by some as "civic on stilts" since it was based on the civic platform. since gen 2 however, it had its own platform but it is still a unibody and not ladder frame
  • wazdog Apr 05 2013 @ 01:58am
    Interesting how there are so many catergories including the useless "subcompact hybrid" but no luxury sedans or full size SUVs.

    Also, after all the hype and praise for the 86, how did the genesis win the RWD sports car award? And how on earth did the mazda bt-50 win truck of the year?
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:44am
      The BT50 is much better than people give it credit for. This is basically the same truck as the Ranger 3.2 4x4, with slightly better plastics. As such, it has the biggest cabin in the class (same as Ranger) and a lot of toys, plus leather. And it rides a bit better than the stiff Ranger. If Ford had managed to bring in the 3.2 Ranger, they might have won this crown. Then again, entering the 3.2 Ranger next year will likely assure them a win in next years TOTY.

      The 86... well... granted, the 86's handling is 10/10. No questions asked. But as we noted in our review, the Genesis handles better than before. I'd give it 8/10. Then consider the Genesis is more powerful, more luxurious, more spacious and has better ride comfort... and is actually a lot of fun to drive, either on the road or on the racetrack (whether drifting or hotlapping)... kung "most fun on the racetrack" yung award, the 86 would have won it, but COTY looks at the overall experience. Sayang nga lang.
      • Fritsche Apr 05 2013 @ 09:32pm
        Leather, yes... better plastics? big NO NO.
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 09:43pm
          I guess it's subjective. I like Mazda's black plastic better than Ford's gray stuff... but either will do. :p
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:47am
      Oh... no full-sized SUVs this year. No model change for the Suburban or Expedition. Closest is the midsizers, which were the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango, classified as Premium SUVs.
      • wazdog Apr 05 2013 @ 03:20am
        Thanks for taking the time to explain, Niky.

        Regarding the BT50, I think consumers can't get passed the odd looking exterior. People associate macho with pick-ups even more so than with SUVs so giving the BT50 such a sporty and stylish look may have given the impression it wasn't a tough truck.

        Interesting comments on the Genesis coupe. I haven't driven the Genesis or the 86 but from spending time in the showroom I agree the interior quality, design and space is better in the Genesis.

        Btw, why was the Ford Explorer FWD chosen and not the much better value LTD?

        Also, how did the Volvo S60 win against the BMW 3 series?
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 03:40am
          The front end of the BT50 is okay in person. I still don't like the rear tail-lights. But it is indeed a tough truck, just in a different wrapper.

          The Genesis Coupe is really a fantastically underrated car. Suwerte ng Lateral Drift series that Hyundai makes it and that Hyundai is sponsoring the drift events... it's such an easy car to drift with the manual transmission and the turbo-four. Really a new age Nissan Silvia... much like the 86 is a new age Miata... both good cars, but only one could win.

          The Explorer V6 already entered last year.

          The S60's only competitor was the 300C. The 3-series didn't enter this year. The local distributor entered last year, if I recall, but couldn't commit to the sched. I really hope they choose to represent next year. We were also supposed to get Lexus this year, but they had the same issues. Sales volumes for most luxury brands in this country are so small that they don't have dedicated test fleets like the mass market guys do.

          That said, the S60 is a great car. Good ride, good interior space, good refinement, good engines, good handling. The 3-series has sweeter steering and better plastics, but the S60 offers a lot for the money compared to the Germans.
          • wazdog Apr 05 2013 @ 03:54am
            Thanks for the reply! I really appreciate your thoughtful (and prompt) responses. It appears we both have out of whack body clocks.
          • warak1422 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:51pm
            The front end of the BT50 is baduy hehe
            • Fritsche Apr 05 2013 @ 09:34pm
              Your opinion doesn't matter here.
              • warak1422 Apr 05 2013 @ 11:15pm
                your existence is useless...go back to the mountains and plant camote hehe,,,wahehehehehe
              • Fritsche Apr 06 2013 @ 07:20am
                wahehehehe? that sounds like a tribal chant... and your telling me to go to your home in the highlands to plant camote for you? okay... I do charity work nmn.
              • Kyoichi Sudo Apr 06 2013 @ 09:34am
                Sir Warak pabayaan na po natin cla, bawian na lng natin ang mga yan kpag Toyota naging COTY nxt yr...

                Kaso kung Mitsu ulit COTY nxt yr, suwerte na lng namin hahahaha...
  • Niky Tamayo
    Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:49am
    Do note that cars not included in the competition were either not eligible because they were not new or did not have major mechanical upgrades, or because the manufacturers did not enter them. Usually, this is because they are unable to meet the schedule requirements or have no test units available for testing. Sad reality is, we are a small market, and it is not always possible for local distributors to have dedicated media test units as in other countries.
  • isaac3654 Apr 05 2013 @ 07:07am
    Actually, para sakin, naisip kong Mirage ang magiging COTY kasi value for money talaga cia. Nagulat lang talaga ako sa 86 vs. Genesis Coupe. Iniisip ko tuloy quantitative ung pag-judge nila and not through the emotion and fun, something you can't put numbers in. :[ Not that I don't like the Genesis ah. I like it kasi it's a GT so it's comfortable and has a posh interior... pero... ehh.. HAHAHA! :))
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:22am
      Judging is both in terms of technical testing and qualitative judging. Yun lang... handling "fun" is only one judging criteria. Kumbaga... Michael Jordan might be the best basketball player ever (or Kobe... hmmm) but if the contest is an athletic decathlon, he probably won't win.
  • carwiki Apr 05 2013 @ 07:31am
    Congratulations. I hope their distributors deserve their awards.
    • warak1422 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:52pm
      hehe parang may ano...hehe
  • DePendot Apr 05 2013 @ 07:48am
    I smell voter fatigue for the 86..

    pag lumabas yung bagong vios. sureball na yun haha! toinks.
  • Kyoichi Sudo Apr 05 2013 @ 08:29am
    I knew it. Haters gonna hate and bashers will bash mode when they see this and I am absolutely correct.

    @JTV360 WTF are you trying to prove here?! Ano nagmamagaling ka dto?! Wag kang masyadong mayabang sir, accept the fact ang Mitsubishi Mirage and COTY just like how we accepted the Hyundai Elantra as last year's COTY...

    Also, Mirage is cheapsh*t? I don't think so. Mas marami pa nga syang toys kesa sa Elantra eh...

    Just my two cents...
    • FanBoy Apr 05 2013 @ 10:32am
      That's not 2 cents, that's awful Mitsu fanboy's comment. Please guard you words, kid.. That wont let you enter into a college someday.
      • DePendot Apr 05 2013 @ 11:37am
        tomo.. its not always bagito=bobito...but it is clearly the case here..
    • domeafavor Apr 05 2013 @ 05:18pm
      Angry mitsu fanboy on the loose! :))
    • The Stig Apr 05 2013 @ 08:18pm
      Wag ka masyadong attached sa brand bro.
    • Fritsche Apr 05 2013 @ 09:40pm
      Hello again.. Mitsubishi fanboy.

      TGP: I thought TOP GEAR was a CLEAN ZONE and Editors reserve the right to delete this type of comments?
    • kit_mmc Apr 06 2013 @ 10:59am
      woah dude, dahan-dahan lang. just be happy na naCOTY ang Mirage. don't mind the bashers & haters, they're profits for improvement. ;)
  • atmar Apr 05 2013 @ 08:38am
    why are there 2 categories for subcompact? mirage won basic subcompact and accent won subcompact......hmmmmmmmmmmm

    they should also have basic midsize suv and so on and so forth......
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:23am
      Terminology: Basic Subcompact is what others consider "Supermini". In other words, Alto, Picanto, Spark, Eon and Mirage. (yes, the Mirage is roughly in the same size and engine range). Subcompact: Accent, Fiesta, Rio atbp.
      • atmar Apr 06 2013 @ 07:18am
        isnt the mirage the same size as the jazz, fiesta etc? or did they have to let it do battle with the likes of the picanto so that it could win.....
  • Carfanatic Apr 05 2013 @ 08:42am
    Congrats MMPC!!! This car is worth every buck.
  • barry Apr 05 2013 @ 09:35am
    congrats to Kyoichi Sudo and the mitsubishi mirage! time to celebrate! haha
    • Kyoichi Sudo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:06am
      LoL! Hahahaha... thanks na na rin bro :)

      Oh kita-kits na lng bukas nila dsobreo, isaac384 at ng mga iba pa ntin kagrupo sa TTGPh ;)
  • barry Apr 05 2013 @ 09:37am
    what? BT-50 is the truck of the year? what happen to his brethren (ford ranger)?
    • carwiki Apr 05 2013 @ 11:19am
      Actually, as noted by niky, the BT-50 has bigger displacement than the Ranger. If we do this in a mathematical way, 3.2 > 2.2 .
    • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 02:10pm
      Because the BT-50's lineup already included the range-topping 4x4 model already. The Ranger only got the puny 4x4 XL variant.
  • foolishofficer Apr 05 2013 @ 09:40am
    Please pay your 2 cents before you present your "2-cent" thoughts. So someone here can have enough to buy an entry level Mirage GLX.
    • FanBoy Apr 05 2013 @ 10:34am
      He's a kid sir, let's forgive him. :)
  • priusv6 Apr 05 2013 @ 10:29am
    Most Common every where car : TOYOTA FORTUNER and MITSUBISHI MONTERO
    • gvm0116 Apr 05 2013 @ 02:10pm
      What does your statement got to do with the topic?
      • warak1422 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:56pm
        ibig nyang sabihin sana nag tie na lang cla hehe
        • gvm0116 Apr 05 2013 @ 08:01pm
          Pastilan bai, pwede sad siya muingon nga vios ang pinakadaghan nga auto nga nagdagan karon. hehehe
    • Fritsche Apr 05 2013 @ 09:41pm
      People's Choice Award?
  • markdejesus76 Apr 05 2013 @ 10:49am
    Let's just give our congratulations to the winners man. Lahat naman sila worth sa nakuha nila. Walang himala ika nga. Mirage is a very good car lalo na yung GLS. Mataas NVH? For the price, reasonable na yung NVH level ng Mirage. Kung Camry yan tas ang taas ng NVH level, aba kareklareklamo yun. AS for the Genesis Coupe vs 86, intangible qualities kasi meron ang 86. For the money, the performance, for the value, walang magagawa ang 86 vs GC. CAGI awards I think is for consumers naman kasi. So reasonable na din na manalo ang GC. Well, just sayin'.
  • aargh Apr 05 2013 @ 11:43am
    Congrats Mitsu. Just when the Mirage is was announced as COTY, Mitsu Phils. announces a recall for the Mirage for front wheel speed sensors which were found to have insufficient waterproofing if penetrated by water from rain and/or during carwash may cause the ABS system not to function correctly.
    • FanBoy Apr 05 2013 @ 11:47am
      At least COTY :)))
      • kit_mmc Apr 06 2013 @ 11:02am
        true. blessing na 'yan for mmc. :D
    • tron05 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:22pm
      The CAGI awards were based on qualitative and instrumented tests and I guess the Mirage managed to get good overall scores. Not sure if weightings are used in scoring but given its price, I think that overall it gives great value. Maybe handling, performance, and quality were on par or even exceeded its selling price.

      I would have loved to see the detailed results of the performance results but the PDF file in CAGI's website seems to be corrupted (heads up CAGI!). http://caroftheyear.ph/media-manager/files/2012-2013-car-of-the-year-performance-results.pdf
    • tron05 Apr 05 2013 @ 05:35pm
      BTW, those who own a Mirage can check if their vehicle is affected here: http://www.mmpc.ph/news/2013/
      Click on the article entitled "Safety Recall Campaign for Mitsubishi Mirage" and a pop-up will appear where you can input your VIN (Vehicle Identification Number).
  • black07 Apr 05 2013 @ 01:10pm
    how is the mazda the truck of the year when i havent even seen one on the road yet..if not the hilux..atleast the ranger.. but not mazda
    • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 02:19pm
      They based it on quality / specs instead of quantity sold. It's like a car review.

      Unfortunately the BT50 is outsold by it's competitors because of it's pricetag
      • black07 Apr 05 2013 @ 09:30pm
        baka kasi its the closest to the 3.2 ranger with almost the same toys..since kakalaunch lang ng 3.2 na ranger..it was only the 2.2 which was judged
        • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 09:54pm
          Yes. No 3.2 4x4 ranger last year.
    • foolishofficer Apr 05 2013 @ 10:22pm
      Agree, it is car reviewer's award. The one I hated most is the award given by a car show. An awardee can be people's choice, affordable and almost single brand winning most categories but you hardly see one of those on the street.
  • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 02:12pm
    I am most surprised by this actually:

    RWD Sports Car - Hyundai Genesis 2.0T

    Not the Subaru BRZ or the Toyota 86? Hehe. Well in all honesty I could go for the Genesis Coupe any day. The other two are only better on the track which I never go to. For any other day, the more comfortable ride is better.
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 02:33pm
      Subaru has chosen not to enter the BRZ. Mukhang strategic decision. See, the BRZ was launched around the cut-off period, so it will qualify for COTY-P 2013-2014. If they enter it next year, no model change yet for Toyota 86 or Genesis Coupe.

      They know the 86 has a price advantage, so if their other scores are all the same, talo sila. So wait till next year, enter COTY without having to fight 86 or Genesis, better chance of winning. Hehe.
      • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 02:50pm
        Even if what you say is true, the 86 still lost to Genesis Coupe. And by your logic, the BRZ would have lost to the 86 so the BRZ would have lost to Genesis Coupe too.
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 03:47pm
          Yup. But next year, unless Hyundai releases a new Genesis variant (350hp V6?), no GenCoupe to fight.

          We'll find out, I guess.
          • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 11:15pm
            By that logic wouldn't there be no RWD Sports Car award then? I read above the compact hybrid category was scrapped because the Prius C was the only entry in it's category.
        • tron05 Apr 05 2013 @ 04:14pm
          I guess that's where the strategy came in. Subaru may have had an inkling that the fight with the GC is gonna be close, so they chose not to go head-on this year. Next year, the BRZ would still be qualified to compete and has no known competitor so has a chance of bagging the award.
  • sergefilsc Apr 05 2013 @ 04:39pm
    Car of the Year is the biggest BIDDER.

    Parts are Scraps from Japan's Tsunami & Floods in Thailand..
    Mirage is an old stock from japan destined for European Market..

    Anyway Great Job Mitsubishi!

    RECYCLE.
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:01pm
      Oh, cool! So you have an inside source high up in Mitsubishi for this sizzling expose? Would you like to write the article for us, and perhaps win a Pulitzer prize for imaginative journalism?
  • wertyamatz22 Apr 05 2013 @ 07:58pm
    Kala ko Elf truck magiging truck of the year
  • TingMatic Apr 05 2013 @ 08:42pm
    What a shame! The 2012-2013 Car of the Year has been recalled due to factory defect! And the 86 was not adjudged as Car of the Year. This is a funny car awards group!
    • carwiki Apr 07 2013 @ 09:22pm
      Hi die-hard Toyota fanboy! First and foremost, ride an 86 first then tell me how's the ride before you say that the 86 SHOULD BE the COTY. For me, the 86 SHOULD NOT BE the COTY. Why? I know that it's an affordable sports car but, how about the ride? Is it comfortable to sit on the back while on motion? Is the suspension fine or stiff? Is it worth the hardships and money? That's the answer. The new car of the year. But it's just my opinion.
      • Kyoichi Sudo Apr 09 2013 @ 08:12pm
        Well said my friend...
  • TingMatic Apr 05 2013 @ 08:45pm
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    • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 09:56pm
      I would also add that they are not consistent either. Last year Luxury SUV was Ford Explorer. This year it's a crossover. What gives?
      • Niky Tamayo
        Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:24pm
        We had a discussion about it and reclassified it. The Explorer is really a gray area, because the previous one was a body-on-frame SUV with a longitudinally mounted engine, while this one is a transverse-engined unibody vehicle. It was considered an SUV last year because it was the continuation of an SUV nameplate, but for all intents and purposes, it's really a crossover.

        I can just imagine the headaches we'll get if Mitsubishi ever refreshes the Pajero. Because that's unibody, but it's a longitudinal mount and is a true SUV, even though it competes head-to-head with the CX9, Veracruz, Pilot, Murano and Explorer, which are all crossovers. :p
        • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 10:56pm
          The Pajero also competes with the Prado. In any case I believe there was no Crossover category last year?
          • Niky Tamayo
            Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 11:00pm
            No Large Crossover, no. Aside from the Explorer, none of the other cars in that market segment were updated that year.
        • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 11:01pm
          I also add that you care correct that it is a crossover. Technically it's an elevated Ford Taurus (Ford's large size sedan) in an SUV body.
          • Niky Tamayo
            Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 11:12pm
            Yup. My argument last year was that it was a crossover because of that. It was classified as an SUV simply because... errh... tradition? :p Same as with new Land Rovers... even if they're unibody, they are considered SUVs. But Land Rovers use low-range boxes and longitudinal mount drivetrains, the Explorer doesn't.
            • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 11:27pm
              I would actually argue to merge the two categories because there is simply not enough practical difference in real life driving between SUVs and CUVs save for their driving layout for 2-wheel-drive ones and perhaps their overall ride height.

              Let's face it, the vast majority of buyers of SUVs in the sub-2M category would consider the Santa Fe and the Sorento both of which are CUVs. Same goes for SUVs above 2M which would include the Explorer, the Pajero, the Prado, the Safari, the CX-9, the Grand Cherokee, the Durango and the Traverse. There is simply not enough practical difference for most buyers to make a distinction between them.

              And to be quite honest, it makes the category that much more prestigious because it effectively names one vehicle as a superior choice above more vehicles. Having so many categories just confuses people (see some of the comments here just for starters).
          • vgpena Apr 05 2013 @ 11:17pm
            typo:

            are* correct
    • Niky Tamayo
      Niky Tamayo Apr 05 2013 @ 10:14pm
      So every single Car of the Year where the 86 has lost... Japanese, Philippine, World... was paid off? Riiiight.

      Last I looked, no one on the panel has received a free Cruze. Or Accord. Or Legacy... or a free Mirage. If that was all that mattered, we could have not wasted countless working hours, travel expenses and testing expenses paid out of our own pockets to do all this. We could have just bought a few thousand softdrink bottles and played for the free Mirages from the Pepsi promo.

      The Car of the Year Philippines charges no entry fee to contestants. There is no voting fee. Judges are all volunteers and unpaid. We have over thirty active judges and the membership of the Car Awards Group consists of writers, hosts, radio personalities and editors from dozens of different media outlets. Are you prepared to call almost every single motoring journalist in the country corrupt?

      Technical testing is transparent and results are publicly available. Manufacturers send representatives to witness the tests and they all know what their results are. There are several drivers, and if you don't think we're trying our hardest in every single car, you don't know racing drivers at all.

      If you so wish, as long as you are a motoring journalist who publishes in a recognized outlet, you can join. CAGI is not an exclusive club. The more judges the merrier, and the more difficult it is for any manufacturer to sway votes. You're welcome to start a writing, TV or radio career reporting or writing about the automotive industry, and then apply for membership. ;)
      • TingMatic Apr 06 2013 @ 06:40am
        Really? So you mean you did not get anything from Mitsubishi but your choice is obviuosly favoring Mitsubishi? CAGI members must be therefore in a class of their own! They do not get paid but choose junk cars! Congrats!
        • Kyoichi Sudo Apr 06 2013 @ 09:41am
          Cge lng bro, shabu pa! Hehehehe...
          • gvm0116 Apr 06 2013 @ 10:54am
            This is a simple case of TAETOK. Tae nga nisaka sa otok bwahahaha
        • carwiki Apr 09 2013 @ 09:19am
          Junk car? Seriously?
    • markdejesus76 Apr 06 2013 @ 09:13am
      Pag nanalo, nandaya? LOLS. Karapat dapat ka iclap-clap. HAHAHAHAHA
      • Kyoichi Sudo Apr 06 2013 @ 09:40am
        Pabayaan mo na bro hahahaha...

        Binayaran din daw ng Hyundai ang CAGI last year eh lols!
  • tron05 Apr 06 2013 @ 12:23am
    To those interested, you can get the technical test results in "the other site that has a k" and see for yourself the numbers.

    I like the 86 and was hoping for it to win. But to be beaten in the slalom by an MPV and a mid-size sedan brings questions to its "supposedly great handling."

    The Mirage GLS MT got good scores across the board and given its price, I think it's a fair choice as COTY. It has one of the best 100-0 kph results (38.9 m), bested only by the likes of the Ford Focus Sport Hatch, Impreza 2.0i, Peugeot 508, Genesis Coupe 2.0 and 3.8, and the Mini Cooper Roadster S... all cars at least double the Mirage's price. All the other basic subcompacts, apart from the GLS CVT, got near or more than 50 meters (those small cars sure do skid... lack of ABS and EBD and smallish tires I guess).

    The GLS MT's 0-100 kph score of 13.5 sec isn't too shabby, given that the Sonic LTZ MT was crawling at 14.6. That Eon GLS is really slow with a 20.0 time, hehe. The 86 MT's 8.2 sec looks unimpressive to the GC 2.0's 7.3, but even more surprising is that it's beaten by the Chrysler 300C's 7.9 sec.

    So go ahead and take a look at the numbers... it's a very enlightening exercise :-)
    • markdejesus76 Apr 06 2013 @ 09:15am
      the 86 isn't made to be fast on quick turns kasi sa quick turns, wala syang grip. yung BRZ mas mabilis sa 86 in quick turns. Sa 86, magooversteer lagi. :)
      • Niky Tamayo
        Niky Tamayo Apr 06 2013 @ 10:05am
        The 86 is quick, but it lacks grip at both front and rear ends. With stability control on, it doesn't slide, but response to emergency steering inputs is slower. With stability control off, it understeers on slalom entry and oversteers on slalom exit. Suffice to say, for road driving, keep the DSC on.

        The Eon is slow, but that's partly because we test with two on board. With one, I wager that'd be around 16-17 seconds, equal to the Alto 800. Do note, that despite its slowness and the lack of grip from the tires, the slalom time is a very credible 11.5 seconds. It actually handles better than the Mirage. :P
        • tron05 Apr 06 2013 @ 10:59am
          I find it surprising that the tuning of the 86's handling with the DSC off is as you've mentioned. Is it due to the torque ratios used? can better tires (wider? softer compound?) compensate with DSC off? Or was the tuning done because there was a philosophy their team was trying to achieve?
          • markdejesus76 Apr 06 2013 @ 12:41pm
            Sa tuning bro. yung chassi skasi nya, designed to let go of the tires easily (slight understeer on turn in, controllable oversteer thru the exit). Nareresolve sya thru tuning and wider and more grip tires (example is yung BRZ, naka-tune yung front and rear suspension for more grip on corners so less understeer on entry than the 86 pero less oversteer thin thru the exit)
            • Niky Tamayo
              Niky Tamayo Apr 06 2013 @ 06:18pm
              Yup. That's precisely what it feels like. Makes the car more fun and challenging on track, but I like the way Mazda did it with the MX5. The limits are low, but the car is completely neutral.

              Then again, the 86 is definitely more capable. I hope that convinces Mazda to produce a cheaper coupe variant of the next gen MX5.
    • 17Sphynx17 Apr 06 2013 @ 06:32pm
      @tron05

      It is an interesting read.

      I do have a concern though.

      Turns out in the compactvan/SUV lineup, Lifan was a no-show so the Avanza 1.3 was duking it out with itself just 1.5 trim. I think this should also be treated as a situation like that of the Prius C as there are no contenders to make an objective decision. I understand though that even if Lifan showed up, the Avanza would have most likely won, but at least there was actual data obtained.

      Also, why was the Mitsu L200 2.5MT included in the pickup 4x2. Did anything change the past year that was considered significant? (curious question only - maybe there is and I didn't hear about it) Same goes with the Isuzu Dmax 4x2 and even 4x4. They were only aesthetic changes right?

      Cheers!

      • tron05 Apr 06 2013 @ 07:56pm
        @17Sphinx17 - regarding Avanza 1.3 vs Avanza 1.5, these are treated as totally separate entries. If you look at the RWD sportscar and Basic Subcompact, you will notice that there were multiple entries from the same makers. In fact, the 86 MT competes with the 86 Aero, and the Mirage has 4 variants in its class. I think the reason is that a specific model is really sought out for the *OTY winner. After all, apart from the technical tests, the CAGI also used qualitative tests. For instance, I think the Mirage GLS MT is a good COTY winner, but the GLX MT is definitely not.

        The Prius C was different in that it is the sole variant available and other makers didn't have anything to compete with it.

        As for the Mitsu L200 2.5MT, I think this is the cab and chassis version which was not available before. Not 100% sure on this. Not sure with the Dmax as I don't follow the Isuzu brand very much, sorry, hehe!
        • Niky Tamayo
          Niky Tamayo Apr 06 2013 @ 10:52pm
          Truck of the Year was supposed to be an all-new award covering all trucks on the market. Yun lang, Mitsubishi and Nissan were not able to field units in time. Isuzu was able to attend one part, but scheduling difficulties prevented them from completing technical tests. :(
  • MyFordSync Apr 06 2013 @ 02:23am
    Quoting all TGP's exchange of (perhaps heated) comments, there is nothing wrong with brand loyalty, I am one as well. But being brand biased is a different story. It's like insisting your religion na kayo lang ang pupunta sa langit. :-D.

    Mutual respect people! The good thing is the Philippine car industry is getting robust in its own pace.
  • vinci24 Apr 06 2013 @ 11:01am
    madali lang yan TililingMatic...di gawa ka nang sarili mong car awards group then papanaluhin mo lahat nang kotseng gusto mo...ipagpilitan ba ang gusto.
    • myk384 Apr 07 2013 @ 09:20am
      Easier said than done. TingMatic let's see what criteria ba you follow
  • reycoyan Apr 06 2013 @ 11:27am
    Ang daming naiingit sa mirage sa pagkapanalo.sige comment pa dyan.wala na kyong magagawa.mgsara na ang ibang car company..mirage rules!
  • FanBoy Apr 06 2013 @ 11:43am
    I have read Sir Niky's comment, and I salute them for doing it without receiving anything in return. I think the only luxury they got is that they were able to drive this cool cars for free. out of the privileges of being respectable and for devoting time and skills and talents in reviewing cars. Good job :) at para kay TingMatic na diskumpyado, why not sali kas sa judges at tingnan natin if you have the enough judging capabilities and knowledge. Sorry bro, but your comments are just irritating.
    • tron05 Apr 06 2013 @ 07:59pm
      In any online forum/discussino board, there will always be

      - lurkers
      - commenters
      - enthusiasts
      - gurus
      - fanboiz (my term for the uber-extreme, tunnel-visioned fanboy)
      - trolls/cyber-sociopath

      ;-)
  • reycoyan Apr 06 2013 @ 12:13pm
    @ TINGMATIC,tama lang yang profile name mo..sounds may TILILING.Sabagay ganyan tlga ang mga insecure.haha.pano mo masasabi na binayaran mga judges?palibhasa yang kia picanto mo e hindi nanalo.haha
  • Alllan Apr 09 2013 @ 11:32am
    Congratulations sa mga winners at sa mga fanboys na hindi napili yung mga favorites nila (as if they own one), mag move on kayo.. para makatulog na kayo at ng hindi kung ano ano pa naiimagine ninyo against sa mga judges.
  • reycoyan Apr 09 2013 @ 10:46pm
    Guys,,may sticker na ako....ididkit ko na ang "CAR OF THE YEAR"pano yan habang nakasakay ka sa bus e kitang kita mo car ko..alam ko naman na walang kang car.hehehe..Dun naman sa may car,e sori kung hindi mo makikita car ko ,kasi hindi ka na makabili ng gas.matakaw kasi sasakyan mo.face out mo na yan.hahaha
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