The Ford Ranger Raptor is our 2018 Car of the Year

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by Drei Laurel | Nov 23, 2018
PHOTO: Top Gear Philippines

Well, that’s a wrap! After another 365 days of launches, test drives, and hype—as well as a suspense-filled voting process—a winner has emerged: The Ford Ranger Raptor is Top Gear Philippines’ Car of the Year.

The American carmaker’s highly awaited performance pickup truck arrived in September after months of anticipation, along with the refresh of the regular Ford Ranger. It immediately won over the public thanks to its signature Raptor design cues, otherworldly suspension, and potent 2.0-liter bi-turbo engine.

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More important, it’s actually pretty attainable. Its P1,898,000 price tag is considerably less than what people were expecting leading up to its launch. So yeah, Ford Philippines was presented its trophy during last night’s Top Gear Philippines Awards. Give the new Raptor a round of applause, everyone.

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We also handed out a bunch of special awards last night, too. Check out all of the winners below:

1) Reader’s Choice Car of the Year: Nissan Terra

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2) Reader’s Choice Luxury Car: Lexus LC

3) Reader’s Choice Value Pick: Suzuki Vitara

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4) Reader’s Choice Family Car: Hyundai Santa Fe

5) Reader’s Choice Performance Car: Aston Martin Vantage

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6) Best in Special Vehicles: Ford Philippines

This is given to the manufacturer who has expanded and excited the local market by making special performance available to Filipino car enthusiasts. The award was given to Ford PH for launching the Ford Ranger Raptor and giving our market a dose of awesomeness.

7) Best in Nationalism: Mitsubishi Motor Philippines

This is given to the manufacturer who has made a significant contribution to the local automotive industry this year. The award was given to Mitsubishi Motors Philippines for investing heavily in a new stamping facility in Santa Rosa, Laguna.

8) Best Dealership Design: Honda Cars Philippines

This award goes to the company that has created a unique buying experience through their dealership design. The award goes to Honda Cars PH and Anthony Cheng, for Honda Baliuag's Zen-inspired full-service facility.

9) Best in Marketing: Nissan Philippines

This award goes to the car company that has made its presence even more prevalent this year through its marketing efforts.

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10) Best in Social Media: Toyota Motor Philippines

This award goes to the company that has active engagement and a growing audience in all of its social-media platforms.

11) Best in Motosport: Mazda Philippines

This award goes to the company that supports efforts to make motorsports accessible to people of all ages. The award was given to Mazda Philippines for its involvement in the Motorsports Development Program.

12) Best in Customer Test Drive: Isuzu Philippines

This award goes to the car company that makes consumer test drives not only accessible, but exciting as well. The award goes to Isuzu Philippines for its nationwide Xtreme Xperience Test Drive.

13) Best in Safety Technology: Motor Image Pilipinas

This award goes to the company that is making advanced safety technology available to its customers, at price points that won’t break the bank.

14) Best Market Disruption: Volkswagen Philippines

This award goes to the brand that has shaken up the auto industry with its pricing and products.

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We’re already looking forward to see what next year has to offer. So, do you agree with our picks?

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