There’s this thing called the Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards (AFPCA). Every year, they ask the public to vote for their favorite automobile brand and model. The results from this poll, plus unit sales from said brand/model, then gets added up to determine the new Automobile of the Year. And the top pick for 2017 – 2018 is the Toyota Fortuner.
This is the Fortuner’s third consecutive year to win the AFPCA, which is a rare feat it only shares with the Toyota Vios. And fittingly, it also happens to be the top selling SUV in the market today. It collected total score of 6,323.4 points (consolidated sales + votes) or 2,000+ more than its nearest rival.
Aside from the Automobile of the Year, there were also 12 recipients of the Model of the Year award.
Mini | Toyota Wigo
Subcompact | Honda City
Subcompact Sedan | Honda Civic
Midsize Sedan | Honda Accord
Subcompact SUV/Crossover | Honda BR-V
Compact SUV/Crossover | Honda CR-V
Midsize SUV/Crossover | Mitsubishi Montero Sport
Large SUV/Crossover | Honda Pilot
Pickup | Toyota Hilux
MPV | Mitsubishi Adventure
Van | Nissan Urvan
Sports Car | Subaru WRX
Then there’s the Premium/Luxury category where the Lexus RX350 came out as the 2017 – 2018 Automobile of the Year. It scored a total of 1,569.9 points, allowing it to win by a mere 50 point advantage. The RX350 was also the 2017 – 2018 Midsize SUV/Crossover of the Year and is Lexus Philippines’ best-selling model.
Likewise, these are the Premium/Luxury category’s Models of the Year.
Subcompact | BMW 1-Series
Compact Sedan | Lexus IS360
Midsize Sedan | Lexus ES350
Large Sedan | LS460
Compact SUV/Crossover | Lexus NX200t
Large SUV/Crossover | Lexus LX570
MPV | Mercedes Benz B-Class
Van | Honda Odyssey
Sports Car | Lexus RCF
The Auto Focus People’s Choice Awards is organized by Sunshine Television Production and Marketing Services Inc. (STV). Since 2005, it aims to determine the country’s most popular automobile brands and models. The unique scoring system attributes 80% to the public votes (April 1 to October 31) and 20% to unit sales. The awards only covers “Completely Built” and “Newly Imported” units registered with the LTO from January to October 2017.