Suzuki Ciaz sub-compact sedan
Suzuki Ciaz sub-compact sedan

Both new models launched by Suzuki Philippines for 2016—the Ciaz sub-compact sedan and the Super Carry mini-truck—have garnered Car of the Year (COTY) Awards from Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI).

The all-new Ciaz which Suzuki launched in April marks its maiden year as a banner one after having garnered the 2016 COTY Award for subcompact sedans.  Its spacious cabin engineered into a sleek silhouette and fitted with refined appointments, what subtly and completes the Ciaz’s distinction is that it was specifically designed for road conditions in Asia’s emerging markets.  The Ciaz having beat other popular subcompacts including the bestselling Toyota Vios, it’s something we had foreseen with our special report on the new Ciaz from last March.

Super Carry variants at the formal launch in October
Super Carry variants at the formal launch in October

The more recent intro from Suzuki, the Super Carry micro-truck, won the 2016 COTY Award for commercial utility vehicles. Already rumoured of and much anticipated months before its global launch in August, its soft-launch at the Philippine International Motor Show (PIMS) in September, and then its formal introduction last month, the Suzuki Super Carry is the latest evolution of a model that’s become the very definition of the popular multi-cab.

The all-new Super Carry, with innovations that center on a unique Euro 4 compliant 793cc two-cylinder turbodiesel engine, signals Suzuki Philippines’ return to mini-trucks that have been made commonplace by previous Suzuki models brought in as used surplus imports. It’s no surprise then that CAGI evaluators found it necessary to break out the Super Carry into their new commercial utility vehicles (CUV) testing category. Pitting variant against variant, it’s the Super Carry with passenger van body that ultimately won the award.

Press Statement by Suzuki Philippines, Inc., “Suzuki makes it a ‘double’ at the CAGI Awards 2016,” 2016:

Suzuki Philippines bagged awards under the CUV and Subcompact Categories in CAGI’s recently held Car of the Year Awards

Manila, 28 November 2016—Accolades continue to pour in for automotive company Suzuki Philippines this year as it recently bagged a “double” at the prestigious Car Awards Group, Inc (CAGI) Gala Awards Night held at the One Rockwell East Tower in Makati City on November 22, 2016.

Suzuki Philippines’ all-new Super Carry Utility Van won as 2016 Car of the Year for the Commercial Utility Vehicle (CUV) Category while the Suzuki Ciaz 1.4 bagged the 2016 Car of the Year award under the Subcompact Category.

As the first diesel engine model Suzuki introduced to cater to the Philippine market, the all-new Super Carry exudes uncompromised strength, high quality performance and superior loading capacity. Along with the pressing issues the country is currently experiencing, Suzuki’s first entry to the utility commercial vehicle segment is equipped with a Euro-4 diesel engine – enabling the vehicle to address the growing needs of the micro, small and medium enterprises in a manner that truly cares for the environment.

Suzuki Ciaz 1.4, meanwhile, is not all about being snazzy and glitzy. It thrives on best-in-class performance and fuel efficiency, while providing unmatched comfort and roomy interiors for passengers, easy maneuverability, and robust luggage capacity rarely found in other sub-compact sedans in the market.

Suzuki Philippines (SPH) General Manager for Automobile Shuzo Hoshikura, delightfully enthused, “Suzuki Philippines is once again thankful and humbled by this recent accolade, which serves as a testament to our relentless passion in producing top-quality vehicles that cater to the needs of the automotive and commercial markets. We are grateful to our loyal customers, and the trust they have generously bestowed on us will continue to motivate us to develop better and more reliable vehicles in the coming years.”

Established in 2004, CAGI members are composed of the tri-media from broadsheet, magazines, radio, TV and from the web. The group recognizes winners of the year through independent and comprehensive testing with qualitative and quantitative criteria.  Vehicles are being reviewed based on all vehicle attributes, including safety features, competitive price and appearance.

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