Car of the Year Japan
The annual Car of the Year Japan award, also known as Japan Car of the Year (or JCOTY), is given to newly released or redesigned vehicles released to the Japanese car buying market from November 1 of the previous year to October 31 of the current, and each award spans two calendar years. The award has been presented since 1980. The recipient of the award, for 2013–2014, is the Volkswagen Golf, the first non-Japanese car to win the award. The most recent recipient of the award is the 4th generation Mazda Demio (also called Mazda 2).http://www.autoblog.com/2014/10/14/mazda2-japan-car-of-the-year-jeep-cherokee/
One unique event that happened was that the Jeep Cherokee (KL) made the list of the Top 10 cars in Japan before being eliminated in the final round (it placed 8th), the first time an American car has ever made that list.
The supervisory board is made up primarily of Japanese automotive journalists.
Recipients of the award
|2001–2002||Alfa Romeo 147|
|1997–1998||Renault Mégane Scénic|
Most wins by manufacturer
- 日本カー・オブ・ザ・イヤー公式サイト|選考結果 [Japan Car of the Year official website | Selection Results] (in Japanese). Retrieved 24 April 2014.
- De Guzman, Marcus (2014-10-13). "All-new Mazda2/Demio wins the Japanese Car of The Year award". Autoindustriya.com. Retrieved 2014-10-13.