Car Awards Group Inc. names Mini Cooper S 2014-2015 Car of the Year

Ford Ranger Wildtrak is Truck of the Year
Nov 26, 2014

Mini Cooper S named 2014-2015 Car of the Year-Philippines

A month after test-driving nearly 70 vehicles, Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) has proclaimed the Mini Cooper S as its 2014-2015 Car of the Year. The car also took the Luxury Compact Car of the Year Award. The fastest car from Mini tested by CAGI to date, the Cooper S has "performance rivaling that of sports cars from past test fests," the press statement said.

Meanwhile, the Ford Ranger Wildtrak 3.2 MT nabbed Truck of the Year honors, duplicating the victory of its AT sibling last year. The Ranger Wildtrak variants took both 2WD Pickup of the Year and 4WD Pickup of the Year awards.

This year, CAGI claims to have seen a record number of affordable small cars as contenders for the coveted title. More than 40 cars were in the subcompact or smaller categories, a reflection of the Philippines' evolving automotive market. Also, there were car companies who didn't bother joining the group's annual testing, including Mitsubishi and Subaru. If this is an indication of the CAGI awards' waning relevance, only time will tell.

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The following are the category winners:

Small cars

* Toyota Wigo - Best Micro Car of the Year
* Hyundai Grand i10 - Best Mini Car of the Year

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(Read our reviews of the Toyota Wigo 1.0 G AT, the Toyota Wigo 1.0 G MT and the Hyundai Grand i10)

Subcompact cars

* Kia Rio 1.4 sedan - Best Basic Subcompact Car of the Year
* Honda City 1.5 E - Best Subcompact Car of the Year
* Honda Jazz 1.5 V - Best Premium Subcompact Car of the Year

Compact cars

* Mazda 3 1.5 S sedan - Best Compact Car of the Year
* Mazda 3 2.0 R hatchback - Best Premium Compact Car of the Year
* Rolls-Royce Ghost - Best Ultra-Luxury Car of the Year

(Read our review of the Mazda 3 2.0 R sedan)

Midsize sedans

* Nissan Altima 2.5 - Best Midsize Car of the Year
* Nissan Altima 3.5 V6 - Best Premium Midsize Car of the Year

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(Read our review of the Nissan Altima 3.5 SL CVT)

Crossovers and MPVs

* Kia Soul diesel - Best Compact Crossover of the Year
* Nissan X-Trail 2.5 AWD - Best Crossover of the Year
* Ford Explorer Sport EcoBoost V6 - Best Large Crossover of the Year
* Suzuki Ertiga AT - Best Subcompact MPV of the Year
* BAIC MZ40 - Best Micro Van of the Year


* Isuzu MU-X 4x2 AT - Best Midsize SUV of the Year
* Toyota FJ Cruiser - Best Large SUV of the Year

(Read our review of the Isuzu MU-X LS-M 4x2)

Ford Ranger Wildtrak named Truck of the Year-Philippines

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