Kia Sorento earns Automobile of the Year title

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After a three-month nationwide poll, the Kia Sorento was declared as the Philippines' Automobile of the Year at the 2010 Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards.

The Kia Sorento garnered a total of 42,626 votes from print and online channels, nearly twice as many as the votes earned by the 2009 winner, the Hyundai Grand Starex.

"This annual exercise empowers the public to express its choices and preferences among the current-model automobiles available in the country without necessarily making a purchase but by just casting its vote," said Auto Focus' producer and Sunshine Television's chairman and chief executive Ray "Butch" Gamboa. "Ultimately, this annual exercise that determines the most preferred models in each category and the most of popular automobile in a given year hopes to improve the overall quality of vehicles that are being sold in the country."

2010 Auto Focus People's Choice Awards
Category Winner Runner-up
Subcompact Sedan of the Year Kia Rio Toyota Vios
Compact Sedan of the Year Chevrolet Cruze Audi A4
Midsize Sedan of the Year Hyundai Sonata Audi A6
Large Sedan of the Year Porsche Panamera Turbo BMW 7-Series
Sports Car of the Year Hyundai Genesis Coupe Audi R8
Asian Utility Vehicle of the Year Isuzu Crosswind Toyota Innova
Minivan of the Year Kia Carens Toyota Previa
Fullsize Van of the Year Hyundai Grand Starex Kia Carnival
Pickup of the Year Nissan Navara Mitsubishi Strada
Compact Sport-utility Vehicle of the Year Hyundai Tucson Kia Sportage
Midsize SUV of the Year Kia Sorento Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Large SUV of the Year Porsche Cayenne Chevrolet Suburban

Members of the Philippine motoring media were also asked to vote for the 2010 Auto Focus People's Choice Awards' special categories. 

2010 Auto Focus Media's Choice Awards
Best On-Board Entertainment Setup Isuzu Alterra
Most Functional Passenger Cabin Honda Jazz
Most Comfortable Ride Lexus LS460
Best Safety Features Volvo XC60
Most Fuel-efficient (Gasoline) Honda Jazz, Toyota Vios
Most Fuel-efficient (Diesel) Ford Focus TDCi
Best Value for Money Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Best Engine Performance  Subaru Impreza WRX STI
Best Handling Subaru Legacy
Best Design Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Award-winning vehicles and other cars from various brands will be on display at the Auto Focus Motor Show and Auto Expo from November 4 to 7 at the SM Mall of Asia concert grounds. During the car show, visitors can check out the vehicles and even test some of the units just before they buy a new car for the Christmas season.

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