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Volkswagen Golf Mk 7 is Japan#8217;s Car of the Year!

Posted on November 24, 2013 at 6:41 pm

For the first time in the 33-year history of the Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY) awards, a non-Japanese model has won the overall Car of the Year title and it is the Volkswagen Golf Mark 7 . This is quite an incredible achievement for Volkswagen as an imported model sold in a market where there are strong domestic carmakers which make fine products. The jury, consisting of Japanese journalists and experts in the field, is certainly sending a message to the Japanese carmakers that while they may produce fine cars with superior quality and advanced engineering, the Germans still have an edge in total vehicle design.

In explaining their choice for the overall title, the 60-member jury praised the MQB modular chassis which provides a ‘fine ride and precise handling’ and sets a benchmark for the segment. They also found the Golf to be a fun to drive car in all environments and that it has a reasonable price (in the Japanese market) helped it score many points.

Being the Car of the Year in Japan is a significant award for the Golf but it has also been winning awards for its excellence in other countries since its launch in late 2012. Besides being the 2013 European Car of the Year . it is also the overall winner in the 2013 Autocar ASEAN Car of the Year awards . the second time that the Golf has won the overall title in the award#8217;s 10-year history.

Based on number of votes awarded by each juror, the rankings for the models which had earlier been selected as the ‘ Best 10 Cars of 2013-2014 ’ are as follow:

1. Volkswagen Golf #8211; 504 points

2. Honda Fit/Fit hybrid #8211; 373 points

3. Volvo V40 #8211; 167 points

4. Mercedes-Benz S-Class #8211; 149 points

5. Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV #8211; 99 points

6. Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) #8211; 96 points

7. Toyota Crown Royal/Athlete/Majesta #8211; 59 points

8. Fiat Panda #8211; 27 points

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9. Subaru XV Hybrid #8211; 18 points

3rd generation of the Honda Fit/Fit Hybrid (Jazz in Malaysia)

Also notable is the fact that half the finalists for the JCOTY this year are non-Japanese models. The highest-placed Japanese model was the new generation of the Honda Fit/Fit Hybrid (Jazz) which was runner-up. Honda must have been hopeful that the model would be overall winner again as the first and second generation were overall winners.

Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) received a special award for its #39;Emotional Appeal#39; with its design which is fairly close to that of the concept car known as the Shinari that introduced Mazda#39;s new design philosophy known as #39;KODO – Soul of Motion#39;

Special awards were also given to the Mazda Atenza, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, Suzuki Spacia/Mazda Flare and Daihatsu Move.


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