The Subaru Impreza 2017, won the Auto Prize of the Year in Japan after overtaking the Toyota Prius by 49 votes. In a tough fight for third place, the Audi A4 2017 received 149 votes, only four more than the new Volvo XC90.
The Subaru Impreza 2017 is built on a new global Subaru platform that will allow the Japanese brand to produce a new series of models over the next decade.
The panel of judges of the Japan Car of the Year Japan (COTY) Award of 2010, made up of 59 journalists specializing in the automotive industry, awarded the Impreza 2017 with 420 points to give Subaru its second prize in 13 years Of history of the organization.
Each jury had 25 points to distribute among the five finalist models with a maximum of 10 points for a single vehicle and the remaining 15 among the rest.
The reading of the results had an exciting ending since after counting the first 20 ballots, the Subaru Impreza had 138 votes for 129 of the Toyota Prius. However, the difference widened from nine to 27 points after accounting for 40 ballots and in the end, the prize went to Subaru by 420 votes to 371 from Toyota. The Nissan Serena won the Innovation Award for its driver-assist Propilot system, automatic sliding doors and the most practical seating configuration in the industry.
On the other hand, the Daihatsu Move Canbus won the Small Mobility Award; The BMW M2 won the Emotional Award, the super-sporting Honda NSX took the Special Jury Committee Prize for its revolutionary twin-turbo V6 hybrid engine train technology.
Last year the winner was the Mazda MX-5 2016 roadster, which beat the Honda S660 mini coupe by only 44 votes, in one of the most closed polls in history, with which the Hiroshima-based firm achieved its second Auto Prize of the Year in Japan after the Mazda2 victory in 2014.