At a recent award ceremony held inside the Tokyo International Exchange Center on Tokyo Bay, the Subaru Impreza polled 420 votes to triumph over the Toyota Prius by 49 votes and win the 2017 Car of the Year Japan (COTY).
In a close battle for third, the Audi A4 polled 149 votes and captured the Import Car of the Year trophy, just 4 votes ahead of the strong finishing Volvo XC90.
This win gives Subaru only its second ever COTY trophy and its first in 13 years.
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In accepting the award, Impreza chief engineer Kazuhiro Abe said, “When we started developing the Impreza over four years ago, never did I imagine I’d be standing here today with such a prestigious award.”
Japan’s COTY organization is made up of 59 jurors who each start with 25 votes and must give their most highly rated vehicle 10 votes.
Their remaining 15 votes are then spread across their next best four cars. Each juror must vote for five cars out of the final top 10.