Mazda CX-5 Gets Japan Car of the Year Award, GT 86 / BRZ Follow

The Mazda CX-5 has received the Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) award, with a ceremony being held recently inside Zepp Diver City in Tokyo Bay. The crossover was followed by the Toyota GT 86/Subaru BRZ, but while the first received 363 votes, the sportscars were 45 votes behind. We have to explain that there were 60 jurors, each awarding 25 votes: 10 to the top car and 15 spread among the next best four vehicles.
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Thus, we can say that Mazda’s Skyactiv technology, which aims to cut weight and emissions while improving ride & handling, managed to defeat the assets of the Toyobaru, rear-wheel drive handling, high revving boxer engine and reasonable price.

“It was a long road. In the early days of Skyactiv development, I had a lot of opposition from colleagues suggesting this technology was not the answer. But we stayed true to our goals, and here we are today, fully recognised by the COTY jurors. Thank you!” Kiyoshi Fujiwara, the so-called ‘Godfather’ of Skyactiv technology said.

Here are the final results of the 2012 JCOTY:
  • Mazda CX-5 363 votes
  • Toyota GT86/Subaru BRZ 318
  • BMW 3-Series 282
  • Range Rover Evoque 218
  • VW Up! 152
  • Suzuki Wagon R 68
  • Citroen DS5 51
  • Alfa Romeo Giulietta 29
  • Nissan Note 10
  • Honda N-Box 9
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