IT WAS an evening of glamour and glitz, as the CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2017 honoured the best passenger vehicles in the market.
For the awards, a total of 53 vehicles were nominated across 31 categories.
The awards, organised by Star Media Group, also recognised the automotive industry as one of the key pillars of the economy.
Heads and representatives of car companies received the awards at a gala dinner at The Royale Chulan Damansara Hotel in Petaling Jaya last week.
For the second year running, Honda Malaysia won top honours with the Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P (two-wheel drive) taking the “Car of the Year” title.
The sporty 1.5-litre turbocharged sport utility vehicle (SUV) also won the Best SUV/Crossover - Mid-size 4X2 as well as the Most Well-Specced Mid-size SUV/Crossover categories.
Honda Malaysia group vice-president Akkbar Danial received the awards from Transport Minister Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
Also present were Star Media Group group managing director and chief executive officer Datuk Seri Wong Chun Wai and chief revenue officer Lim Bee Leng.
Priced at RM167,700 without insurance, this top-grade 2017 Honda CR-V won as it is more powerful, continues to offer sedan-like handling, provides class-leading interior spaciousness and practicality, and is packed to the brim with comfort features.
Also, it has a comprehensive suite of Honda Sensing safety systems that break new ground in its segment, as these driver-assist technologies are typically found in cars from premium marques.
Last year, the sporty 1.5-litre turbocharged Honda Civic TC-P sedan clinched the “Car of the Year” title at the inaugural awards.
Some of the award-winning cars, along with several recently launched vehicles, will be presented at the CarSifu Auto Show 2017, to be held at Mid Valley Megamall in Kuala Lumpur from Oct 25 to 29.
Boustead Petroleum Marketing and Silverstone Marketing are Star Media Group’s partners in the awards and auto show.
CarSifu Editors’ Choice Awards 2017 Winners
Car of the Year: Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P
Best SUV/Crossover - Mid-size 4X2: Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P
Most Well-Specced Mid-size SUV/ Crossover: Honda CR-V 1.5 TC-P
Best Large-size Luxury Executive Car: BMW 740Le xDrive
Most Well-Specced Luxury Large-size Car: BMW 740Le xDrive
Business Ride of the Year: BMW 740Le xDrive
Best SUV/Crossover - Compact: Honda BR-V (V grade)
Best Family Ride priced under RM100,000: Honda BR-V (V grade)
Best SUV/Crossover - Large-size 4X4: Renault Koleos 4WD
Most Well-Specced Large-size SUV/ Crossover: Renault Koleos 4WD
Best Multi-Purpose Vehicle (MPV) priced below RM200,000: Kia Grand Carnival EX
Best Family Ride priced from RM100,000 to RM200,000 (Three Seating Rows): Kia Grand Carnival EX
Most Well-Specced Mid-size Car: Hyundai Elantra Sport
Most Well-Specced Large-size Car: Kia Optima GT
Most Well-Specced Luxury Mid-size Car: Volvo S90 T5
Most Well-Specced Luxury Large-size SUV/Crossover: Jaguar F-Pace R-Sport
Best Compact Hatch: Proton Iriz 1.6-litre Premium CVT
Best Economy Car (1.0-litre to 1.5-litre): Peugeot 208 Puretech
Best Compact MPV: Toyota Sienta (V grade)
Best Mid-size Car (C-Segment): Mazda3 G-Vectoring Control (High Skyactiv)
Best Large-size Car (D-Segment): Volkswagen Passat 2.0 TSI Highline
Best Mid-size Luxury Executive Car: Mercedes-Benz E 250 Avantgarde
Best Luxury SUV/Crossover - Compact: MINI Cooper S Countryman
Best Pick-up Truck: Mitsubishi Triton VGT Adventure X
Sporty Luxury Large-size Sedan of the Year: Porsche Panamera
Best Design: Lexus LC 500
Hybrid Luxury Vehicle of the Year: Mercedes-Benz C 350 e
Hybrid Vehicle of the Year: Hyundai Ioniq HEV Plus
Diesel Engine of the Year: Mitsubishi 2.4-litre MIVEC Turbo Diesel
Petrol Engine of the Year: 1.2-litre turbocharged Peugeot 3- cylinder PureTech