December 15, 2016 @ 04:51 PM

…and the Car of the Year Japan goes to the Subaru Impreza!

The 420 votes gave the Impreza the win and Subaru’s second COTY in 13 years

It was a tough fight between the Audi A4, Subaru Impreza, Toyota Prius and Volvo’s XC90 in grabbing the coveted title of Car of the Year Japan 2017. But as the votes were casted, the Subaru Impreza emerged as the clear victor as it polled 420 votes, 49 votes more than the hybrid from Toyota. Coming in third was the Audi with 149 votes, which at the same time earned it the Import Car of the Year trophy.

 

“This must be what it feels like to win an Olympic gold. The Impreza’s new global platform has great meaning for the company moving forward and will underpin nearly all of our cars over the next decade. On behalf of all my R&D team, I’d like to thank the jurors for their support of this car,” said Impreza chief engineer Kazuhiro Abe.

 

The 59 jurors of Japan’s COTY were given 25 votes each and must give their most highly rated vehicle 10 votes, with the remaining 15 votes spread across their next best four cars. The difference in votes between the Impreza and Prius were pretty close after 20 jurors’ votes had been read out, but the gap increased dramatically as more and more votes were read out towards the end.

 

There were also other awards being handed out, with the Nissan Serena snatching the Innovation Award with its Propilot driver-assist, hands-free sliding door technology and seat arrangement. The Daihatsu Move Canbus grabbed the Small Mobility award for its packaging while the BMW M2 was given the Emotional Award for its performance and handling. The revolutionary V6 twin-turbo hybrid powertrain had earned the Honda NSX the Special Award from the COTY Japan steering committee.

 

Hussein Zain

 

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