Car of the Year Japan

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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 2017 to 2018, is the Volvo XC60[1]

The Volvo XC60 is the second non Japanese car to win this award. The first non Japanese car to win was the Volkswagen Golf in 2014. The best car from the United States was the Jeep Cherokee (KL), being eliminated in the final round 2014 (it placed 8th). The supervisory board is made up primarily of Japanese automotive journalists.

The award is not associated with the more recent Automotive Researchers' & Journalists' Conference (RJC) RJC Car of the Year award, which has been issued since 1992.

Recipients of the award[edit]

Car of the Year Japan
Year Winner
2017–2018 Volvo XC60
2016–2017 Subaru Impreza
2015–2016 Mazda Roadster
2014–2015 Mazda Demio[2][3]
2013–2014 Volkswagen Golf
2012–2013 Mazda CX-5
2011–2012 Nissan Leaf
2010–2011 Honda CR-Z
2009–2010 Toyota Prius
2008–2009 Toyota iQ
2007–2008 Honda Fit
2006–2007 Lexus LS430
2005–2006 Mazda MX-5
2004–2005 Honda Legend
2003–2004 Subaru Legacy
2002–2003 Honda Accord
2001–2002 Honda Fit
2000–2001 Honda Civic
1999–2000 Toyota Vitz/Platz/Fun Cargo
1998–1999 Toyota Altezza
1997–1998 Toyota Prius
1996–1997 Mitsubishi Galant
1995–1996 Honda Civic
1994–1995 Mitsubishi FTO
1993–1994 Honda Accord
1992–1993 Nissan March
1991–1992 Honda Civic
1990–1991 Mitsubishi Diamante
1989–1990 Toyota Celsior
1988–1989 Nissan Silvia
1987–1988 Mitsubishi Galant
1986–1987 Nissan Pulsar
1985–1986 Honda Accord
1984–1985 Toyota MR2
1983–1984 Honda Civic
1982–1983 Mazda Capella
1981–1982 Toyota Soarer
1980–1981 Mazda Familia
Japan Import Car of the Year
Year Winner
2015–2016 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer
2014–2015 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2013–2014 Volkswagen Golf
2012–2013 BMW 3 Series
2011–2012 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2010–2011 Volkswagen Polo
2009–2010 Volkswagen Golf
2008–2009 Citroën C5
2007–2008 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
2006–2007 Citroën C6
2005–2006 BMW 3 Series
2004–2005 Volkswagen Golf
2003–2004 Jaguar XJ
2002–2003 BMW 7 Series
2001–2002 Alfa Romeo 147
2000–2001 Mercedes-Benz C-Class
1999–2000 Rover 75
1998–1999 Mercedes-Benz A-Class
1997–1998 Renault Mégane Scénic
1996–1997 Mercedes-Benz SLK
1995–1996 MG F
1994–1995 Mercedes-Benz C200

Most wins by manufacturer[edit]

Total Wins Manufacturer
11 Honda
8 Toyota
6 Mazda
4 Mitsubishi
2 Subaru
1 Lexus


  1. ^ Volvo XC60 Is Japan's Car Of The Year (in Thai). 2017-12-12. Retrieved 2017-12-12. 
  2. ^ De Guzman, Marcus (2014-10-13). "All-new Mazda2/Demio wins the Japanese Car of The Year award". Retrieved 2014-10-13. 
  3. ^ "Mazda2 nets Japan Car of the Year, Cherokee first US model to ever crack top 10 [UPDATE]". 2014-10-14. 

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