We have been wondering about the Philippine Car of the Year awards for some time now. Released annually by the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) and previously a very noisy event publicity-wise, the Philippine COTY seems to have lost steam the past couple of years, and we're left to guess if the motoring journalists behind it are still working to keep it alive. Our feeling of concern is all the more amplified by the fact that the incumbent CAGI president is our very own technical editor, Ferman Lao.
At last, Ferman has happily informed us that the Philippine COTY is alive and well, and that the 2010/2011 batch of winners is set to be formally presented at this year's Manila International Auto Show, scheduled on April 7 to 10 at the World Trade Center in Pasay City. The list of awardees has already been cast in stone, but CAGI has kept it under wraps--until now, that is.
We bumped into Ferman today and we convinced him to divulge the category winners as well as the overall Philippine Car of the Year. He gave us the list but requested that the overall COTY winner be kept a secret until the opening day of MIAS. Here then is the roll of COTY winners. As a rule, the overall COTY is picked from the category winners, so have your say in the poll below.
The 2010/2011 Philippine Car of the Year category winners are: Ford Fiesta (subcompact car); Chevrolet Cruze (compact car); Hyundai Sonata (midsize car); Jaguar XF (premium midsize car); Subaru Impreza WRX STI Sedan (sports car); Kia Soul (subcompact crossover); Mitsubishi ASX (compact crossover 2WD); Hyundai Tucson (compact crossover 4WD); Hyundai Santa Fe (midsize crossover); Nissan Murano (premium crossover); Foton MPX (van/MPV); Toyota Alphard (premium van/MPV); Mitsubishi Montero Sport (midsize SUV); and Foton Blizzard (pickup).
Care to guess which one the overall Philippine Car of the Year is?