Thailand has just finished its first ever car of the year awards and chosen the Ford Everest as its top car of 2015. The Everest won by the slimmest of margins, outscoring the Pajero Sport (Montero Sport) by a only one point.

The panel, which consisted of 25 Thai motoring journalists, were allocated 25 points with a maximum of 10 points awarded per car. Criteria for judging included vehicle design, performance, functionality, comfort, handling and value for money. The Ford Everest garnered a total of 110 points from the judges with the Pajero Sport scoring 109.

For cars to be eligible to join Thailand Car of the Year, it has to be an all-new model sold from November 2014 to November 2015. The car must also be assembled in the country and sells at least 500 units annually. For Thailand Car of the Year, the finalists were a mix of sedans, hatchbacks, crossovers and PPVs. 

Besides the Pajero Sport, the Everest went up against the likes of the Mazda 2, Honda HR-V, Mercedes-Benz C-Class and the Nissan X-Trail. The Mazda 2 came in third place with 106 points, followed by the Honda HR-V with 85 points. Fifth place went to the Mercedes-Benz C-Class with 83 points and rounding up the finalists is the Nissan X-Trail with 56 points.