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[SIZE=4]COTY 2011 - 2012 Test Fest Day 5: Picking up the pace[/SIZE]
Words and photos by Christopher Kho

Rain or shine, the tireless members of the Car Awards Group Inc. (CAGI) once again assembled at 7 o' clock in the morning at the All Terra Cyclery in Ortigas Home Depot, Pasig last October 9, 2011 for the fifth test fest day of the 2011 - 2012 Car of the Year Philippines (COTY-P). While the previous weekend's roster saw six titans slug it out for the midsize SUV title, this week's line up had a more utilitarian flair to it.

Six of the toughest pickup trucks the market had to offer were up for wrangling that day. As Toyota recently recovered the No. 1 spot in the industry, they had their heads held up high when they rolled in with their newly-launched Hilux 4x2 G diesel M/T and 4x4 G diesel A/T. The boys from Mitsubishi though were not letting their guards down. Arriving bright and early to let Toyota know that they're ready to take on the title, they came with three Strada's in tow - the top of the line GLS Sport V 4x4 in both M/T and A/T variants, and a GLX V 4x2 A/T. But, as the day unfolded, Mitsubishi's base model L200 GX single cab pickup, despite being bare to the basics, soon emerged as everyone's favorite truck....

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