The 38th annual Car of the Year Japan 2017-2018 held its final round of selections on December 11. From the 10 vehicles nominated, the Volvo XC60 came out on top and was named this year’s Japan Car of the Year. This was only the second time for an import to receive the award, following the selection of the Volkswagen Golf in 2013.
In addition, a special award was given to Takuma Sato, the first Japanese driver ever to win the Indianapolis 500. He became the first auto racer to be awarded the Japan Car of the Year.
To qualify for the Car of the Year Japan 2017-2018, each vehicle was required to be available to the Japanese market between November 1, 2016 and October 31, 2017, and have an annual sales target of at least 500 units. The selection process was conducted by a group of 60 members including automotive journalists. The committee selects the 10 best cars through voting, which is followed by the selection of the Japan Car of the Year through a different voting process.
Written by Morito Miyazaki
(Translated by Masayuki Shikata)