THE Toyota Fortuner was voted 2017 Automobile of the Year in the Standard category while the Lexus RX 350 topped the Premium/Luxury class in the 2017-2018 Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards (AFPCA), organized by Sunshine Television Production and Marketing Services, Inc. (STV).
The awards were handed on Nov. 9 at a Pasig City country club. STV said the Fortuner has clinched the Automobile of the Year title for the third consecutive year. The RX 350, which had won for the second year in a row, also topped the Midsize SUV/Crossover category.
Other models that bested their categories in the Standard class were the Honda City (Subcompact), Honda Civic (Compact Sedan), Honda Accord (Midsize Sedan), Honda BR-V (Subcompact SUV/Crossover), Honda CR-V (Compact SUV/Crossover), Honda Pilot (Large SUV/Crossover), Toyota Wigo (Mini), Toyota Hilux (Pickup), Mitsubishi Adventure (MPV), Mitsubishi Montero Sport (Midsize SUV/Crossover), Subaru WRX (Sports Car) and Nissan Urvan (Van).
Winners in the Premium/Luxury class were the Lexus IS 360 (Compact Sedan), Lexus ES 350 (Midsize Sedan), Lexus LS 460 (Large Sedan), Lexus RCF (Sports Car), NX 200t (Compact SUV/Crossover), Lexus LX 570 (Large SUV/Crossover), BMW 1 Series (Subcompact), Mercedes-Benz B-Class (MPV) and the Honda Odyssey (Van).
STV explained the AFPCA is an annual poll in which 80% of the score is attributed to public votes and 20% comes from a vehicle’s sales result. Journalists covering the automotive beat also vote in their choices for a separate set of awards.