Toyota Vios repeats as Auto Focus \'Automobile of the Year\' awardee

New model continues winning tradition
Nov 8, 2013


The best-selling car in the Philippines, the Toyota Vios, is once again the \"Automobile of the Year\" in the Auto Focus People\'s Choice Awards. This and the category winners were announced last night at the Prism Plaza in the SM Mall of Asia complex in Pasay City.

In the above photo are Auto Focus producer and host Ray Butch Gamboa (left) and Toyota Motor Philippines executives Sherwin Chualim and Jing Atienza.

The new-model Vios was launched this year. Its predecessor also took home the top award last year. A big factor in the car\'s victory is its sales volume, as 60% of the tally is based on unit sales and 40% on online voting. Thus, just like last year, Toyota bagged the most number of trophies just by the sheer number of vehicles it sells to the public.

There are also several categories this year in which both the winner and the runner-up are exactly the same as last year\'s. Check the list of winners below:

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Automobile of the Year: Toyota Vios

 Subcompact Car: Toyota Vios (Runner-up: Mitsubishi Mirage)

Luxury Subcompact Car: Mini Cooper (Runner-up: Audi A1)

Compact Car: Toyota Corolla Altis (Runner-up: Hyundai Elantra)

Luxury Compact Car: BMW 3-Series (Runner-up: Lexus IS350)

Midsize Car: Toyota Camry (Runner-up: Mazda 6)

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Luxury Midsize Car: Lexus ES350 (Runner-up: Mercedes-Benz E-Class)

Luxury Large Car: Porsche Panamera (Runner-up: Chrysler 300C)

Sports Car: Toyota 86 (Runner-up: Ford Mustang)

Luxury Sports Car: Chevrolet Camaro (Runner-up: Porsche 911 Carrera S)

MPV: Toyota Innova (Runner-up: Mitsubishi Adventure)

Pickup: Toyota Hilux (Runner-up: Ford Ranger)

Van: Toyota Hiace (Runner-up: Nissan Urvan)

Luxury Van: Toyota Alphard (Runner-up: Honda Odyssey)

Compact SUV: Hyundai Tucson (Runner-up: Honda CR-V)

Luxury Compact SUV: Lexus RX350 (Runner-up: BMW X3)

Midsize SUV: Mitsubishi Montero Sport (Runner-up: Toyota Fortuner)

Luxury Midsize SUV: BMW X5 (Runner-up: Mercedes-Benz M-Class)

Large SUV: Ford Explorer (Runner-up: Mitsubishi Pajero)

Luxury Large SUV: Toyota Land Cruiser (Runner-up: Nissan Patrol Super Safari)

Open Category: Subaru XV (Runner-up: Mitsubishi ASX)

Luxury Open Category: Audi Q3 (Runner-up: BMW X1)

Photos by Vernon B. Sarne



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