Journalists select their own winners in Auto Focus People's Choice Awards

Definitely a more credible list
Oct 24, 2011

As you know, the 2011-2012 Auto Focus People's Choice Awards were formally presented last week, and most of you basically ridiculed the results. You wondered how poor-selling cars could win most of the awards, with the Nissan Teana even bagging the top award of Automobile of the Year. Well, your guess is as good as ours. When the winners are determined by votes that could be bought by the car companies themselves, you end up with fantastic results. What's even more fantastic is that we will now see print ads in newspapers of these car companies congratulating themselves for "winning" such awards.

To the organizers' credit, they tried to balance out the picture by also giving out Media's Choice Awards. They asked motoring journalists to pick the best vehicles in various categories and in various classes. We think this was their way of saying: "Guys, these are the awards that really matter."

Interestingly (and quite expectedly), the Teana did not win a single award in the midsize sedan class in the eyes of the motoring media.

Among the Top Gear staff, those who cast their votes were associate editor Paulo Subido, associate features editor Dinzo Tabamo, online managing editor Barbara Lorenzo, motorsports editor/photographer Mikko David, columnist Al Mendoza and design critic Brian Afuang.

So here now is the complete list of the cars chosen by the press. As usual, you may have your say in the comment box below. Never mind the wrong classification of some cars--at least the picks are infinitely more credible.

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2011-2012 Auto Focus Media's Choice Awards

BEST ON-BOARD ENTERTAINMENT SETUP

 Subcompact - Ford Fiesta

Compact - Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Midsize sedan - Audi A6

Large sedan - Lexus LS460L

Sports car - Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

AUV - Isuzu Crosswind

Compact SUV - Mini Countryman

Midsize SUV - Nissan Murano

Large SUV - Isuzu Alterra

Minivan - Toyota Alphard

Large van - Hyundai Grand Starex

Pickup - Isuzu D-Max

Open - Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coup

MOST COMFORTABLE RIDE

 Subcompact - Mercedes-Benz B-Class

Compact - Mercedes-Benz C-Class

Midsize sedan - Lexus GS460

Large sedan - Mercedes-Benz S-Class

Sports car - Lexus IS300

AUV - Toyota Innova

Compact SUV - Mazda CX7

Midsize SUV - Lexus RX450h

Large SUV - Lexus LX570

Minivan - Toyota Alphard

Large van - Kia Carnival

Pickup - Mitsubishi Strada

Open - Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

BEST SAFETY FEATURES

Subcompact - Volvo C30

Compact - Lexus IS300

Midsize sedan - Volvo S60

Large sedan - Volvo S80

Sports car - Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

AUV - Toyota Innova

Compact SUV - Volvo XC60

Midsize SUV - BMW X6

Large SUV - Volvo XC90

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Minivan - Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Large van - Kia Carnival

Pickup - Mitsubishi Strada

Open - Volvo V60

BEST VALUE FOR MONEY

Subcompact - Ford Fiesta

Compact - Chevy Cruze

Midsize sedan - Honda Accord

Large sedan - Hyundai Genesis

Sports car - Hyundai Genesis Coupe

AUV - Toyota Innova

Compact SUV - Hyundai Tucson

Midsize SUV - Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Large SUV - Isuzu Alterra

Minivan - Kia Carens

Large van - Kia Carnival

Pickup - Mitsubishi Strada

Open - Suzuki SX4 Crossover

BEST ENGINE PERFORMANCE

 Subcompact - BMW 1-Series

Compact - BMW 3-Series

Midsize sedan - BMW 5-Series

Large sedan - Porsche Panamera

Sports car - Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

AUV - Toyota Innova

Compact SUV - Subaru Forester

Midsize SUV - BMW X6

Large SUV - Porsche Cayenne

Minivan - Mercedes-Benz R-Class

Large van - Hyundai Grand Starex

Pickup - Nissan Navara

Open - Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

BEST DESIGN

 Subcompact - Ford Fiesta

Compact - Hyundai Elantra

Midsize sedan - Hyundai Sonata

Large sedan - BMW 7-Series

Sports car - Mercedes-Benz SLS AMG

AUV - Toyota Innova

Compact SUV - Hyundai Tucson

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Midsize SUV - BMW X6

Large SUV - BMW X5

Minivan - Toyota Alphard

Large van - Hyundai Grand Starex

Pickup - Mitsubishi Strada

Open - Mercedes-Benz E-Class Coupe

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