Judging committee for the 2017 MAI-COTY (Car of the Year) Awards has finalised the judging criteria and decided on the categorisation of each car for the awards on November 3.

With over 316 different cars to choose from, the placing of cars in the correct category is important to ensure each has a fair chance of winning.

This year, eligibility for the awards is no longer limited to new cars launched over a set period.

Instead, every car currently on sale in Malaysia will be judged to ensure cars launched a few years ago that continue to dominate their segment are given due recognition.

To acknowledge the efforts of manufacturers selling hybrid and PHEV cars, categories for those receiving full EEV tax exemptions have been added, allowing for a like-for-like comparison to be done independent of conventionally powered variants of the same car that may also be offered to Malaysian buyers.

MAI-COTY panel of judges chairman Yamin Vong said this would be the most comprehensive effort yet to find the best cars in Malaysia.

As with previous editions, the judging panel will comprise of motoring journalists and professionals with a wealth of experience in testing cars.

Joining them this year are three new additions who have a long working history in industries related to cars – Datuk Dr Teoh Siang Chin, Azmi Abdullah and Professor Sulik Sulaiman.

Teoh, a medical doctor by training, practitioner of expedition medicine and an Occupational Safety and Health specialist will be highlighting the safety features in each category, while Azmi, a former Petronas employee who was seconded to the Sauber Petronas Formula 1 team where he played an important role in engine and lubricants development, will judge the merits of the various engines used by the car manufacturers, and Sulik, being responsible for training a generation of Malaysian car designers and having worked on designs such as the Project 4 for McLaren Formula 1 and Yamaha YZR500 in MotoGP will be judging the design merits of each car, with the best one being awarded a special design MAI-COTY honour.

“With the addition of specialist judges and a more comprehensive judging criterion, the Malaysia Automotive Institute (MAI) hopes that the 2017 MAI-COTY Awards will offer Malaysians a clear picture on the best cars in the market.

“The aim of the MAI is the advancement of the Malaysian automotive industry and the awards play an important role in promoting and recognising excellence among industry players,” said MAI chief executive officer Datuk Madani Sahari.

Following the award ceremony, the MAI will present the Malaysia Autoshow will be held from November 9 to 12 at the Malaysia Agro Exposition Park Serdang (MAEPS) where manufacturers will display segment winners from the 2017 MAI-COTY Awards.


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