Porsche Macan beats Mazda2 for inaugural 2015 ASEAN Car of the Year award

For 48 years long, there wasn’t an award programme to recognise exceptional performers in the ASEAN region. That is, until now.

Twenty-two motoring journalists from three countries – Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand – formed the judging panel. Each judge will then submit their list of nominations and scores for tabulation (download the full list and breakdown here). To be crowned the regional champion, the top three finalists (also winners of their respective categories) must first be sold in the three participating countries during or before the judging phase. They will then have their scores combined.

After this lengthy and meticulous procedure, the Porsche Macan (launched in Malaysia in late 2014) emerged as ASEAN’s Overall Car of the Year 2015 with a score of 254.79 points. The Mazda2 settled for second place, scoring 232.61 points ahead of second runner up, the Nissan X-Trail with 228.02 points accumulated.

As for Malaysia, 22 cars were named winners of their respective categories after beating other finalists (click here to see the list of finalists). Without further ado, here are the winners:

CategoryMake, ModelScore (maximum 100 points)
Budget Car of the YearKia Picanto69.54 points
Compact Car of the YearMazda2 Skyactiv78.48 points
Family Car of the YearMazda3 Skyactiv78.39 points
Executive Car of the YearHonda Accord78.51 points
Family MPV of the YearMazda Biante69.00 points
Premium MPV of the YearHonda Odyssey 73.91 points
Crossover of the YearHonda HR-V78.41 points
Compact SUV of the YearMazda CX-577.18 points
Family SUV of the YearNissan X-Trail72.56 points
Pickup Truck of the YearFord Ranger71.78 points
Coupe of the YearBMW 2-Series73.41 points
Premium Compact Car of the YearVolvo V4075.58 points
Premium Family Car of the YearMercedes-Benz C-Class79.43 points
Premium Executive Car of the YearBMW 5-Series77.55 points
Premium Flagship of the YearMercedes-Benz S-Class81.56 points
Premium Compact SUV of the YearLand Rover Range Rover Evoque74.78 points
Premium Mid-size SUV of the YearPorsche Macan79.73 points
Premium SUV of the YearPorsche Cayenne76.45 points
Premium Coupe of the YearAudi TT75.44 points
Performance Car of the YearMercedes-AMG GT77.18 points
Grand Tourer of the YearPorsche Panamera76.47 points
Driver’s Car of the YearVolkswagen Golf R77.81 points

Speaking at the awards presentation ceremony at the View Rooftop Bar @ GTower, Kuala Lumpur, 2015 ASEAN COTY Secretary Mr. Bobby Ang said, “With ASEAN’s growing importance in the global automotive industry landscape, it is important to create a bridge of acknowledgement for this region in the form of an automotive awards programme. This, we believe, will help car manufacturers address the increasingly demanding needs of customers within the ASEAN region.”2015-ASEAN-COTY-Winners-2

Is your car one of the many winners this year? Share with us your personal thoughts of this list! Also, to view in full detail the scoring mechanism, head on to www.caroftheyear.asia/results to see how each finalist fared towards the end.


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