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Hyundai Elantra named 2012 Philippine Car of the Year

The 2011-2012 Car of the Year Philippines



After 12 months of testing, the Car Awards Group Inc (CAGI) a non-stock, non-profit organization composed of motoring journalists from various print, broadcast, and online media, has finally announced the Hyundai Elantra as the winner of the 2011-2012 Car-of-the-Year Philippines held at the Philippine Trade Training Center (PTTC) in Pasay City.

In search for the next COTY-P, all the candidate vehicles went through a Qualitative test, based purely on “look” and “feel”, and a Technical test, analyzing acceleration, braking, and handling performance. Results of both tests are then tallied, analyzed, and audited by the MG Madrid & Co.

It was also a double celebration for the Korean carmaker as the fifth generation Elantra took top honors in North America’s Car-of-the-Year last January. With a fresh design, roomy cabin, and generous specs, the Hyundai Elantra is worth every penny.

“This is indeed the year of the Elantra.  This award, together with the COTY awards from North America, Canada and South Africa, is proof of Hyundai’s commitment to consistently seek and deliver the lifestyle and motoring needs of our growing number of customers,” said Hyundai Asia Resources Inc. President, Ms. Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo.


(From left to right) Mr. Edward S. Go, HARI Chairman, holding Compact Car of the Year trophy, Mr. Kee-Moon Kang, General Manager of HMC Asia & Pacific Regional Headquarters, Ms. Ma. Fe Perez-Agudo, HARI President, with the coveted 2012 Philippine Car of the Year Award for the 2012 Hyundai Elantra and Mr. Hoo-Keun Kim, Head of Asia & Pacific Regional Headquarters, holding the Elantra’s special award for Speedlab Tuner’s Choice trophy.


For eight years running, CAGI has recognized the best vehicles in the market, awarding the coveted title of Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P) to the car with the best value for money for consumers. Among the awardees of the Philippine Car of the Year are the Honda Accord (2004), Honda Civic (2005), Mazda 6 (2006), Volvo C30 (2007), Subaru Impreza STI (2008), Subaru Legacy 2.5 Liter GT (2009), and the Chevrolet Cruze (2010-2011).

And aside from its looks, the 2012 Elantra is also full of active safety features, helping you prevent accidents such as the Anti-locking Brake System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Dual Front SRS Airbags equipped in the 1.6L A/T and 1.8L Elantra models.  Its responsive 6-speed transmission (in Manual and Automatic) allow smooth gearshifts that help reduce engine load.  The Elantra’s body is built to be tough with its ultra-high tensile steel reinforcements that help enhance the car’s stability and reduce occupant injury during crash situations.

The 2012 Elantra takes the next step in engine performance in compact cars with more responsive and more fuel-efficient powertrains:  1.6L Gamma and 1.8L Nu engine with Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT).

Congratulations to Hyundai! A job well done!


Meanwhile, here are other category winners on 2011-2012 Car-of-the-Year:


Subcompact Car – Suzuki Swift

Compact Car – Hyundai Elantra

Basic Subcompact Car – Kia Picanto

Crossover – Kia Sportage

Luxury Mid sized Car – Volvo S60 T4

Luxury Compact Crossover – MINI Countryman S

Midsize SUV 4×2 – Mitsubishi Montero Sport 4×2 M/T

Midsize SUV 4×4 – Mitsubishi Montero Sport GTV 4×4 A/T

Luxury SUV – Ford Explorer V6 AWD

Pickup 4×2 – Mitsubishi Strada 4×2 A/T

Pickup 4×4 – Mitsubishi Strada 4×4 A/T





  1. One thing everybody is forgetting is the safety aspect. Does the Elantra 1.6 have dual airbags? No. One cost cutting measure that will cost many life’s…..

    1. The 1.6 automatic transmission variant is already equipped with dual SRS airbags. You might be referring to its manual transmission, which has only driver airbag. But i think that’s common to all entry-level cars in Asian market. Appreciate your comment.

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