Finalists revealed for 2016 ASEAN Car of the Year



With 2016 coming quickly to an end, it is that time of the year once again to find out what the best cars are in the region. ASEAN Car of the Year (ACOTY) is a joint effort between top motoring experts in the car industry from Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand, and 2016 sees the list of panel judges almost doubling from 2015. Yes, we at #MTHRFKNWIN are also part of the judging panel for this year’s ACOTY awards.

What makes ASEAN COTY unique is its transparency – the voting process is well documented and will be released to the public upon announcement of the award winners. Each vehicle will be judged by a panel of motoring journalists from the region. In an effort to make the awards more relevant to consumers, the nominated models will also be judged by insurers and third-party warranty service providers, who will rate each car on their reliability and depreciation.

For example, scores for ‘Pricing and Value’ will carry a higher weightage than ‘Handling.’ Every car model that is officially sold in the three participating countries of ASEAN COTY is eligible for the awards.
As ASEAN COTY is a non-profit initiative, the commercial rights to ASEAN COTY is given to all participating brands and media publications for free.

BEST OF 2015For the Malaysian category, 22 brands were nominated for across a wide range of categories, with a total of 73 vehicles shortlisted for the final scoring. Last year, it was the Porsche Macan was the winner in the inaugural 2015 ASEAN Car of the Year, with the Nissan X-Trail and Mazda 2 trailing second and third respectively. You can view the complete 2015 results, in the respective categories here.

The results for the 2016 ACOTY will be announced in December 2016, and below are the list of finalists in their respective categories. Stay tuned for the final results soon!

Budget Car of the Year
– Proton Iriz
– Perodua Bezza
– Perodua Axia

Compact Hatch of the Year
– Honda Jazz
– Ford Fiesta
– Mazda 2

Compact Sedan of the Year
– Honda City
– Mazda 2
– Volkswagen Vento

Family Hatch of the Year
– Volkswagen Golf
– Mazda 3
– Ford Focus

Family Sedan of the Year
– Mazda 3
– Honda Civic
– Ford Focus

Executive Car of the Year
– Honda Accord
– Toyota Camry
– Mazda 6/ 6 Wagon

Budget MPV of the Year
– Toyota Sienta
– Perodua Alza
– Nissan Grand Livina

Mid-Size MPV of the Year
– Nissan Serena
– Citroen Grand C4 Picasso
– Peugeot 5008

Large MPV of the Year
– Honda Odyssey
– Toyota Alphard
– Ford S-Max

Crossover of the Year
– Subaru XV
– Honda HR-V
– Mazda CX-3

Mid-Size SUV of the Year
– Honda CR-V
– Mazda CX-5
– Subaru Forester

Large SUV of the Year
– Mitsubishi Outlander
– Toyota Fortuner
– Nissan X-Trail

Premium Compact Car of the Year
– BMW 1-Series
– Volvo V40
– Mercedes-Benz A-Class

Premium Family Car of the Year
– Volvo S60
– Mercedes-Benz C-Class
– BMW 3-Series

Premium Executive Car of the Year
– BMW 5-Series
– Mercedes-Benz E-Class
– Audi A6
– Audi A7

Premium Luxury Car of the Year
– Rolls Royce Ghost
– Mercedes-Benz S-Class
– BMW 7-Series

Premium Compact SUV of the Year
– BMW X1
– Mercedes-Benz GLA Class
– Lexus NX

Premium Mid-Size SUV of the Year
– Mercedes-Benz GLC Class
– Lexus RX
– Volvo XC60

Premium Luxury SUV of the Year
– Audi Q7
– Volvo XC90
– BMW X5

Driver’s Car of the Year
– Volkswagen Golf R
– Mazda MX-5
– Ford Fiesta ST

Performance Car of the Year
– Audi R8 V10
– Porsche 718 Cayman / Boxster S
– Mercedes-AMG GT

Coupe/Cabriolet of the Year
– Audi TT
– Ford Mustang
– Mazda MX-5

Grand Tourer of the Year
– Bentley Continental GT
– Porsche Panamera
– Mercedes-Benz S-Class Coupe

Pickup Truck of the Year
– Isuzu D-Max
– Ford Ranger
– Toyota Hilux


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From supercar spotting on the streets of Kuala Lumpur, Won has moved onto the realms of motoring journalism since 2011. He has a keen eye for automotive photography, a penchant for fast cars, and the occasional hunger for munching corners.

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