GAME CHANGER: It gets the most number of votes from judges
KUALA LUMPUR: FORD'S new Ranger 2.2XLT became the first pickup truck in the "New Straits Times/Maybank's Car of the Year" (COTY) 11-year history to be named "Overall Car of the Year 2012".
The game changing pickup truck, which was also named "Pickup Truck of the Year", garnered the most votes from the COTY panel of nine judges.
They cited its ride quality and refinement, all terrain capability, value-for-money proposition and on-board features.
Besides the Ranger's double win, Ford Malaysia also picked up the "Family Car of the Year" award for its new Ford Focus at the COTY awards last night.
Nasim Sdn Bhd chief operating officer Datuk Samson Anand George was named the "Automotive Man of the Year" for his achievements in reviving the Peugeot brand in Malaysia.
BMW's 328i won the "Premium Executive (below RM300,000)" award, while the renewed 528i with its new 2-litre turbocharged engine won the "Premium Executive (above RM300,000) Car of the Year" award.
The Mercedes-Benz B200 and SLK claimed the "Premium Compact Car of the Year" and "Coupe/Cabriolet Car of the Year" awards respectively.
The "Executive Car of the Year" award and "Station Wagon of the Year" title were swept by the Peugeot 508 in sedan and station wagon guise respectively.
Proton Exora Bold clinched the "MPV of the Year" and Saga FLX was awarded with a Special Mention award as the "Best Value Compact Sedan of the Year".
Nissan Elgrand took home the "Premium MPV of the Year" title, while the Special Mention award of "Eco Innovation Car of the Year" went to Nissan Leaf.
The gala dinner event held at Saujana, Subang, was hosted by the New Straits Times and title sponsor, Malayan Banking Bhd.