Malaysia Car of The Year Award 2018 by MAI
This week we joined the Malaysia Automotive Institute for the 2018 Car of The Year (COTY) Award. Well, to be fair, most automotive publications or societies will always have a COTY award. The guys at Evo, AutoBuzz and Roda Pusing had the “Cars of Malaysia” Award this year. Motortrend and Carlist have COTY awards too. It’s just nice to acknowledge one another.
So, who’s awarding the cars this time?
MAI. And the winners were picked by a panel of 9 judges chaired by Mr. Yamin Vong. Ona side note, MAI has now changed its name to MARii, including Robotics and the Internet of Things under the agency now.
How did they choose the winners?
The winners were jusged based on the following criteria:
1. coherence of exterior (stance, proportion) and interior design (ergonomics, comfort, space);
2. technical specifications and engineering innovations that match the vehicle’s fitness for purpose, enhance the user experience of both the driver and passengers or advance the evolution of the automobile in some way;
3. safety features (passive and active safety aids) and ratings;
4. energy efficiency and environmental friendliness; and
5. value based not on just the lowest purchase price but the best overall value for money.
Entry Level Car of the Year - Perodua Myvi 1.5
This one is a no brainer. Other nominees included the Bezza 1.0 GXtra, Myvi 13, and Kia Picanto 1.2 EX.
Hot Hatch of the Year - Volkswagen Golf 2.0 GTi (Facelift)
Other nominees were the Civic Type R, Mini Cooper John Cooper Works, and the Renault Megane GT. I guess a standard 6-speed manual transmission doesn’t win you awards.
Pick-up Truck of the Year (Twin Cab) - Ford Ranger 2.2 WildTrak
The Ranger beat the Hilux on this one. Other nominees were the Isuzu D-Max, Mitsubishi Triton, and the Nissan Navara Black Series.
Compact Crossover of the Year - Peugeot 3008 1.6 Active
I was expecting the Mazda CX-3, but the Peugeot won. Other were the Toyota CH-R and Renault Captur.
Mid-size Crossover of the Year - Mazda CX-5 2.2 GLS SkyActiv-D 2WD
The diesel won.
MPV of the Year (Below RM200,000) – Kia Grand Carnival 2.2D SX
MPV of the Year (Above RM200,000) – Toyota Alphard 3.5
Entry Level SUV of the Year – Subaru XV 2.0i-P AWD
Mid-size SUV of the Year – Mitsubishi Outlander 2.4 4WD