2016-2017 Japan Car Of The Year, which decides “This Year’s Car” for Japan, held the final selection on December 9 at the Tokyo International Exchange Center and gave the top spot to the Subaru Impreza Sport / G4.
This time around there were 35 candidates. Of the total, 9 were domestic Japanese models and 26 were imports. Here were the “10 Best Cars” nominees.
Subaru Impreza Sport / G4 â€“ 420
Toyota Prius â€“ 371
Audi A4 Series â€“ 149
Volvo XC90 â€“ 145
Mercedes-Benz E Class â€“ 114
Arvato 124 Spyder â€“ 107
Jaguar F-Pace â€“ 106
Honda Freed/Freed+ – 41
Nissan Serena â€“ 11
BMW M2 Coupe â€“ 11
Japan Car Of The Year considers passenger cars expected to sell over 5 million units per year released or sold between October 1, 2015, and October 31, 2016. It is judged by 59 car experts including automotive journalists who choose the year’s best.
Audi A4 Wins Import Car Of The Year
The Import Car Of The Year went to the Audi A4 Series. It scored the most points of all of the “10 Best” import models.
Innovation Category â€“ Nissan Serena
In the Innovation category, the award went to the Nissan Serena, which is equipped with the ProPilot driving technology.
Emotional Category â€“ BMW M2 Coupe
The BMW M2 Coupe won in the Emotional category. The judgement said, “It has a high level of maturity for a compact FR sports model and it’s fun to drive.”
Small Mobility Category â€“ Daihatsu Move Canbus
For the separate category of Small Mobility, the award went to the Daihatsu Move Canbus. The judgement said, “It offers a new type of kei wagon.”
Special Category â€“ Honda NSX
The Honda NSX won for the Special category. The judges say they chose it because it didn’t fit easily into any of the other established categories.
(Translated by Greg Scott)