The all-new Mazda2 has won Japan’s most coveted automotive award.
In one of the closest finishes in the history of Japan’s Car of the Year award, the Mazda2 beat out the Mercedes-Benz C-Class by just 19 votes. Garnering a total of 423 votes, the Mazda2 helped the Japanese automaker claim Japan’s top award twice in three years with the CX-5 taking the honors in 2012.
For Japan’s Car of the Year, a total of 59 jurors with 25 votes a piece must give 10 votes to their best car and spread their remaining 15 votes among their next best four cars. Of those 59 jurors, 22 gave a maximum 10 votes to the Mazda2 while 18 jurors gave a maximum 10 votes to the C-Class. The BMW i3 was in third place with 340 votes while the Subaru Levorg finished fourth with 124 votes. Rounding out the top five was the Suzuki Hustler with 65 votes.
“With the Mazda2, we have rewritten the rule book for compact cars. Our new Skyactiv technology, excellent mileage, reasonable pricing and unique design all contributed to our victory today,” commented Mazda’s EVP, Kiyoshi Fujiwara.
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