The car that won the 2015-2016 Japan Car of the Year was announced on December 7. The special award from the Executive Committee was won by Toyota Mirai, the first fuel cell vehicle for the mass market.
The award was granted due to “the huge significance of Mirai as the first car that brought about general sale of fuel-cell vehicles in the world.” It was placed under the Japan Car of the Year Executive Committee Special Award because the standard annual sales plan to be nominated in the Japan Car of the Year award is 500 units, and the Mirai is only at 400 units.
Incidentally, Toyota has also won a special award last year in relation to its commitment to fuel-cell vehicles.
(Translated by Kimberlee Estampa)