Vios is \'Automobile of the Year\' in Auto Focus People\'s Choice Awards

Sales performance now a factor
Oct 22, 2012


The Auto Focus TV show, produced and hosted by veteran motoring journalist Ray Butch Gamboa, has wrapped up this year\'s People\'s Choice Awards, and officially announced that the 2012 Automobile of the Year is the Toyota Vios. The result isn\'t much of a surprise after the organizers tweaked the awards\' mechanics this year, which now include actual sales to go with the public\'s votes.

Before you dismiss the awards as nothing more than a glorified version of sales reports, you have to know that the votes also played a role in the results. But just because the sales numbers had a lot of weight, Toyota ran away with a cartful (literally) of trophies.

Overall, we feel like the results are more representative of our market. Our only gripe is that some cars were put in the wrong category. The Isuzu Alterra, for instance, should be in the same class as the Toyota Fortuner and the Mitsubishi Montero Sport. The organizers found themselves in a bind when Isuzu insisted that the Alterra was a \"large SUV\" and not a midsize one.


Below are the results:


Automobile of the Year: Toyota Vios

Subcompact Car: Toyota Vios (Runner-up: Hyundai Accent)

Luxury Subcompact Car: BMW 1-Series (Runner-up: Volvo C30)

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

Luxury Compact Car: BMW 3-Series (Runner-up: Mercedes-Benz C-Class)

Midsize Car: Toyota Camry (Runner-up: Hyundai Sonata)

Luxury Midsize Car: BMW 5-Series (Runner-up: Mercedes-Benz E-Class)

Large Car: Chrysler 300C (Runner-up: Hyundai Genesis)

Luxury Large Car: Audi A8 (Runners-up: Mercedes-Benz S-Class and Porsche Panamera)

Sports Car: Hyundai Genesis Coupe (Runner-up: Subaru Impreza STI)

Luxury Sports Car: Chevrolet Camaro (Runner-up: Mercedes-Benz SLK350 AMG)

AUV: Toyota Innova (Runner-up: Toyota Avanza)

Pickup: Toyota Hilux (Runner-up: Mitsubishi Strada)

Minivan: Suzuki APV (Runner-up: Chevrolet Orlando)

Luxury Minivan: Toyota Alphard (Runners-up: Chrysler Town & Country and Honda Odyssey)

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

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

Luxury Compact SUV: Lexus RX350 (Runner-up: Volvo XC60)

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

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Luxury Midsize SUV: Audi Q5 (Runner-up: BMW X3)

Large SUV: Isuzu Alterra (Runner-up: Toyota Prado)

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

Open Category: Subaru XV (Runner-up: Kia Soul)

Luxury Open Category: BMW M5 (Runner-up: Subaru Outback)

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