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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 the Subcompact Hybrid category was scrapped at the last minute because there was only one qualified entry--the Toyota Prius C--in this segment.

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