The Mazda MX-5 has been named Car of the Year Japan.
When all the votes were counted, the MX-5 received 442 votes which put it 41 votes ahead of the second place Honda S660. The BMW 2-Series came in third place with 177 votes and earned the title of Import Car of the Year.
In his acceptance speech, Mazda Vice President of product planning Kiyoshi Fujiwara said “We went through some tough times during the financial crisis and 2011 earthquake, but we stuck to our founding principles and created a winning formula.” He went on to thank the jurors and the development team who brought the MX-5 to life.
The Suzuki Alto picked up the Small Mobility award, while the Tesla Model S won the Innovation award. The Toyota Mirai didn’t meet the criteria for the main award categories but it received a special award for advancing the spread of hydrogen powered fuel-cell vehicles.
In the United States, the MX-5 is priced from $24,915 and features a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder engine that develops 155 bhp (155 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque. It can be connected to either a six-speed manual or an optional six-speed automatic transmission.