CAGI Awards Maiden Motorcycle of the Year – Philippines Winners; 2017 Cars and Trucks Recognized Anew

After 13 years of recognizing the best car and truck models on the Philippine automotive stage, Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) finally shares the spotlight to its two-wheel counterparts with the awarding of the first-ever Motorcycle of the Year Philippines (MOTY-P) this 2017.

Named as the very first of the said prestigious accolade at C3 Place in Greenhills, San Juan City last November 27, 2017 were the following:

  • The Suzuki Raider R150 FI: CAGI and Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines Commuter Class (299 cc & below)
  • Suzuki GSX-R 1000 R: CAGI and Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines Leisure Class (300 cc & above)
  • The Suzuki Raider R150 FI was clearly hands down the winner in the Commuter Class (299 cc & below) as it was downright slick and stylish not to mention being gifted with a fuel-injection system that can rival other larger bikes was its biggest asset.

On the other hand, the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 R indeed lived up to its title as “King of Superbikes”, as it did not only turn heads because of its suave sporty design or cringed every nerve in the body for its orgasmic and superior mechanical prowess but absolutely put competition to a halt as it was deemed the safest among all motorcycles tested. Hence, hail to the king.

“Finally, after months of challenges just to stage the very first Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines, we’ve eventually come up with the results,” CAGI Ronald de los Reyes said in his speech.

“This is just the beginning. CAGI in Japanese means ‘key’. Hence, our name stands for something—that we serve as a key to opening new doors for the two-wheel industry. We remain positive at every turn,” he added.

Meanwhile; announced as the proud winner of the much-coveted 2017 CAGI and Car of the Year Philippines title was the Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel after just clawing its way to the top and coming down to the wire in a tight tabulation of over-all results with other two highly competitive finalists in the Volkswagen Jetta BE+ and the Suzuki Vitara GLX.

This top winner first edged out other rivals in its crossover AWD class, such as the Nissan X-trail, Mazda CX-5 and the Volkswagen Tiguan before going up the ranks to compete for the top crown. Having the local consumers’ preference in mind, testers, in particular, were more focused on the essentials and thus, was primarily in tune with what the CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel was offering—high-quality interior and a number of unique distinct features that render it to stand out among the rest.

The 2017 CAGI and Truck of the Year- Philippines award, on the other hand, was bestowed to the Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT after besting the Isuzu D-Max 4×2 in a likewise fierce rubber match of pick-up trucks.

After topping their respective categories, the two went head-to-head in fit, feel, form and functionality with the prior just winning by a hairline in terms of interior quality and the like.

“Like what we stated prior the testing that this year’s line-up of vehicles was composed mostly of crossovers, it then eventually justified the outcome. In the history of CAGI, it was the first time that a crossover vehicle won over-all. Hence, it only means to show that manufacturers now are continuously improving their products to be able to fit the needs of the market. For Filipinos nowadays, they want vehicles that are not too big, not too small, but just right,” de los Reyes conveyed.

“Thus, congratulations to all the winners.”

CAGI has etched six exhausting days in the calendar in a span of three months for the testing of all the new cars, pick-up trucks and motorcycles (three days for cars and trucks, three days for motorcycles) at Ayala Land Premier’s newest development down in Taguig, Arca South.

In this manner, after being scrutinized under the careful eye of the testers and the strict, rigorous process of partner auditing firm KPMG R.G. Manabat & Co., 41 cars and trucks together with more than fifty motorcycles were put in a seemingly torture chamber to be able to come up with best among the rest.

Thus, coming home victorious in the car, truck and motorcycle segments are the following:

2017 Car of the Year- Philippines Winners

2017 Car of the Year Winner – Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel

Category Winners

  1. Chevrolet – Spark LTZ
Basic Subcompact Car
  1. Mazda 2
Subcompact Car
  1. Volkswagen – Jetta BE+
Compact Car
  1. BAIC – Freedom DC (Double Cab)
Compact Commercial Utility Vehicle (Double Cab)
  1. Foton Gratour Midi-Truck
Compact Commercial Utility Vehicle (Single Cab)
  1. Honda BR-V 1.5 S
Compact Crossover 2WD
  1. Subaru XV 2.0is
Compact Crossover AWD
  1. Honda CR-V 1.6 SX Diesel
Crossover AWD
  1. Honda CR-V 1.6 Diesel
Crossover FWD
  1. Suzuki Vitara GLX
Subcompact Crossover
  1. Volkswagen – Golf GTS BE+
  1. Honda Civic Type-R
Sport Compact
  1. Mazda Philippines CX-9
Large Crossover AWD
  1. Hyundai H350
  1. Nissan Premium
Large Van / MPV
  1. Mini – One (Three-door)
Luxury Subcompact
  1. Audi Q2 1.0 TFSI
Luxury Compact Crossover
  1. Mazda MX-5
  1. Maserati Levante S
Ultra-luxury crossover
  1. Isuzu MUX
Mid-Sized SUVs 4×2
  1. Mitsubishi Montero Sport GT
Mid-Sized SUVs 4×4

2017 Truck of the Year- Philippines Winners

2017 Truck of the Year Winner: Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT

Category Winners
  1. Isuzu D-Max 4×2
  1. Mitsubishi Strada GLS 4×4 MT


First-ever Motorcycle of the Year-Philippines Winners

Motorcycle of the Year- Philippines Commuter – Suzuki Raider R150 FI

Motorcycle of the Year – Philippines Leisure – Suzuki GSX-R 1000 R


Manufacturer & Model Category Class
  1. Kymco Racing King 180cc
Sport Scooter 180-200 Commuter
  1. Motorstar Xplorer 200
Sport Backbone 180-200 Commuter
  1. Honda Click 150i
Scooter 150-155 Commuter
  1. Honda Click 125i
Scooter 116-125 Commuter
  1. Kymco Like w/ Top Box
Retro Scooter 116-125 Commuter
  1. TVS Apache 200 4V
Standard Backbone 180-200 Commuter
  1. TVS Rock Z
Underbone 116-125 Commuter
  1. TVS Max Semitrail
Dual Sport 116-125 Commuter
  1. TVS Neo
Underbone 100-115 Commuter
  1. Suzuki BURGMAN 200
Maxi Scooter 180-200 Commuter
  1. Suzuki Raider J 115 FI (Spokes)
Sport Underbone 100-115 Commuter
  1. Suzuki GSX-R150
Sport Backbone 126-150 Commuter
  1. Suzuki Raider R150 FI
Sport Underbone 126-150 Commuter
  1. Suzuki GD110
Business Model 100-115 Commuter
  1. Suzuki GSX-S150
Standard Backbone 150-155 Commuter
  1. Suzuki Address
Scooter 100-115 Commuter
  1. Honda XRM DS 125
Sport Underbone 116-125 Commuter
  1. Royal Enfield Himalayan Black
Adventure/Dual Sport 401-499 Leisure
  1. Royal Enfield Classic 500 Chrome
Standard 500-550 Leisure
  1. Indian Motorcycle Scout
Cruiser 1200 Leisure
  1. Indian Motorcycle Scout Sixty
Cruiser 1000 Leisure
  1. Ural Retro
Standard 750 w/ sidecar Leisure
  1. Kymco Exciting 400i
Maxi Scooter 400 Leisure
  1. Kymco AK550
Maxi Scooter 500-550 Leisure
  1. Harley Davidson Street Rod
Cruiser 700-750 Leisure
  1. Harley Davidson Street XG500
Cruiser 500-550 Leisure
  1. Suzuki GSX-R 1000R
Sport 1000 Leisure
  1. Suzuki GSX-S750
Standard 700-750 Leisure
  1. Suzuki SV650
Standard 600-650 Leisure
  1. Motorstar Café 400 Single Pipe
Standard 351-400 Leisure


The awarding ceremonies were also only made possible with the strong partnership with co-presenter Carmudi Philippines, together with the support of Ayala Land Premier, Arca South, NLEX Corporation, Worldbex Services International, Manila International Auto Show and SEC.

This was in collaboration with Car Awards Group, Inc. and its media partners: Business Mirror, Manila Bulletin, Philippines Graphic Magazine, Philippine Star, Cook Magazine, Malaya Business Insight, The Manila Times,,, Home Radio, DWIZ,, ANC,, Motorsiklo Xklusibo, RidePh, Jap Media, Lifestyle on Wheels, Wheels Philippines, Makina and Aliw Media Group.

CAGI has members from the following media entities: Business Mirror, Cebu Daily News, Daily Tribune, Malaya Business Insight, Manila Bulletin, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, The Manila Times, Bulgar, Mindanao Daily News, AQ Magazine, Autocar Philippines, C! Magazine, Carmudi Magazine Philippines, Motorcycle Magazine, Power Wheels Magazine, Speed Magazine, Top Gear Philippines, Wheels & Gears Magazine,,,,,,, Ride and Drive Phils., Speed by MP Turbo,,, DZMM, Inside Motoring on DZRJ 810 AM, Mellow 94.7, Motoring sa DZME, The Motoring Page on Mellow 94.7 FM, ABS-CBN, Manila Street Kings, Real World Drive and Auto Review.