Arca South, Ayala Land’s business and lifestyle district in Taguig, is officially instituted as Car Awards Group, Inc.’s (CAGI) venue for the 2017 Test Fest set this coming September and October.
Arca South is being shaped into a 74-hectare master-planned sustainable estate. The expansive former FTI complex is being transformed into a wholly-integrated enclave made up of residential communities, retail and office workspaces and a hotel in its initial phase. It will be a make-shift course for the group’s stringent testing process which involves quantitative (technical) and qualitative procedures wherein the latter uses predetermined consumer metrics like ergonomics, ride, fit and feel of the vehicle. The qualitative method, in particular, applies simulated day-to-day driving which is fit for the two kilometer paved lay-out meted out by Arca South to the group.
“Smooth travel on the road is key to urbanites. Arca South aims to provide a city in sync for urban dwellers as it will be connected to the planned government infrastructure projects: Skyway-C5/C6 Connector Road Project and the South Intermodal Transport System (ITS); offering a pleasant and convenient commute to and within the mixed-use estate.” said Arca South Project Head Stephen Comia.
On the other hand, as the only organization in the country that remains devoted to annually conduct instrumented tests that determines the best vehicles in the market, CAGI for this year opens the doors to the world of two-wheelers with the inauguration of the Motorcycle of the Year.
Aside from the usual testing done for four-wheels since 2004, CAGI will double their efforts to allot a place for the two-wheeler segment. Thus, this rising district south of the metro will be the first venue that will see motorcycles pitted in the group’s said rigorous proven program.
“We will witness history in the making as Arca South will be the first venue where we will conduct tests on motorcycles,” said CAGI president Ronald de los Reyes.
“With the much needed cooperation from the developer, we hope to see our search for the best vehicles in both two and four wheels a success,” he added.
Further enhancing the Test Fest procedures will be world-renowned auditing firm KPMG RG. Manabat & Co., which will take care of the tallying of scores for each vehicle.
<L-R Standing> Car Awards Group, Inc. (CAGI) vice president-internal Joel Quinto, CAGI Technical Director Mariano Tamayo, CAGI VP-External Andy Rodriguez <L-R Seated> Ayala Land Inc. (ALI) Senior Division Manager Stephen Comia, CAGI President Ronald de los Reyes and ALI Corporate Brand Marketing Head Catherine Bengzon sign their partnership for the 2017 Test Fest Season to be held in Arca South in Taguig City.