Mitsubishi Mirage 2012-2013 Car of the Year Philippines

Mitsubishi Mirage hailed as the

2012-2013 Car of the Year Philippines


At a grand event on the first day of the 2013 Manila International Auto Show, the Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) has revealed the 2012-2013 Car of the Year – Philippines: the Mitsubishi Mirage.

The culmination of a year’s testing, preparations and deliberations by the Car Awards Group, Inc, the 2012-2013 COTY-P season saw a field of 81 new cars, crossovers, SUVs, trucks, sportscars and vans that competed in 19 different categories, as well as the coveted title of Car Of The Year – Philippines.

“The 2012-2013 Car Of The Year Philippines season was a tough one,” said Ferman Lao, CAGI President. “It wasn’t just in terms of the sheer number of cars that had to be tested, but the continually increasing improvements, value and competitiveness each new model brought to their respective classes.”

The Mitsubishi Mirage GLS MT was given top honors after scoring highly in the subjective testing done at Eton Centris in Quezon City as well as in the instrumented and track tests conducted at the Clark International Speedway in Pampanga by CAGI’s team of technical experts.

New for the 2012-2013 is the title of Truck Of The Year Philippines. The winner of the new title category was determined by a number of factors more specific to pick ups such as approach, departure, breakover angles and other aspects that matter in a pickup truck. After the testing was completed and tabulated, the Mazda BT50 4X4 AT took the win, besting out all the vehicles in the class.

“Congratulations to Mitsubishi Motors Philippines Corp and Berjaya Auto Philippines, Inc. for bagging the top titles in this year’s awards season, and congratulations to the 19 winners in their respective categories, they are this year’s best cars that you can buy.” said Lao. “Thank you to all who have supported and took part in this year’s awards season, and here’s to the next one!”

The 2012 – 2013 Car Of The Year Philippines awards is presented by the Manila International Auto Show and is supported by the Clark International Speedway, Caltex with Techron, Eton Centris Walk, Standard Insurance, BOSCH, RCBC Savings & Auto Loans, Victoria Court, Dole Juice Drinks, Krispy Kreme Doughnuts & Coffee, MG Madrid & Co., Winner Graphics, Automobile Association Philippines and SpeedLab.

The Car Awards Group, Inc, an organization composed of motoring journalists from the country’s premiere print, broadcast and online publications , and is supported by media partners Philippine Daily Inquirer, The Philippine Star, BusinessWorld, The Manila Bulletin, The Daily Tribune, BusinessMirror, The Manila Times, Malaya Business Insight, Sunshine Television, AutoReview, StoplightTV,  AutoIndustriya.com, Kotse.com, Interaksyon.com, Top Gear Philippines, AQ Magazine, Speed Magazine, Manila Standard Today, Jam 88.3, C! Magazine, Wave 89.1, Gadgets Magazine, Motioncars.com, Motorcycle Magazine, World News, Sprocket.ph and PowerWheels Magazine.

The 2012-2013 CAR OF THE YEAR-PHILIPPINES AWARDS ROSTER

2012-2013 Car Of The Year-Philippines      Mitsubishi Mirage

2012-2013 Truck Of The Year-Philippines   Mazda BT50 4×4

CATEGORY WINNERS & SPECIAL AWARDS

BASIC SUBCOMPACT CAR                         Mitsubishi Mirage GLS MT

SUBCOMPACT CAR                                     Hyundai Accent Hatch CRDi

COMPACT CAR                                            Ford Focus Titanium (Sedan)

MIDSIZE CAR                                                 Toyota Camry 2.5V

PREMIUM MIDSIZE CAR                              Volvo S60 D3

RWD SPORTS CAR                                         Hyundai Genesis 2.0T w/ Brembo Brakes

FWD SPORTS CAR                                         MINI Coupe Cooper S

COMPACT CROSSOVER 2WD                    Mazda CX5

COMPACT CROSSOVER AWD                   Honda CR-V 2.4 EX AWD

MIDSIZE CROSSOVER                                  Hyundai Santa Fe 2WD

LARGE CROSSOVER                                     Ford Explorer FWD 2.0T

LUXURY COMPACT CROSSOVER               Range Rover Evoque

SUV                                                                 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 3.0 V6 GLS

PREMIUM SUV                                              Jeep Grand Cherokee

COMPACT VAN and MPV                          Toyota Avanza 1.3E

VAN and MPV                                              Peugeot 5008

LUXURY VAN and MPV                               Honda Odyssey

PICK-UP 4×2                                                  Ford Ranger 2.2 MT

PICK-UP 4×4                                                  Mazda BT50 4×4 AT

CLARK INTERNATIONAL SPEEDWAY MOTORSPORTS AWARD

Hyundai Asia Resources, Inc.

SPEEDLAB TUNER’S AWARD

Toyota 86

BOSCH TECHNICAL ADVANCEMENT AWARD

Foton Thunder

AAP ROAD SAFETY AWARD

Ford Focus with Active City Stop

ETON CENTRIS URBAN WARRIOR AWARD

Subaru XV

STANDARD INSURANCE AWARD

Chevrolet Trailblazer

CALTEX WITH TECHRON GREEN AWARD

Toyota Prius C

RCBC SAVINGS & AUTO LOANS BEST VALUE FOR MONEY AWARD

Kia Rio 1.2 LX

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