Mazda CX-5 is 2012 Car of the Year in Japan image

The Mazda CX-5 crossover has been named the 2012 Car of the Year in Japan after it managed to surpass its competition.

With just a few weeks until we will say “goodbye” to 2012, all kinds of “Car of the Year” awards start to pop up and the latest of them is involving the Mazda CX-5, which has received the award in its home country, Japan. The Japanese crossover has received a total of 363 votes, 45 more than the second placed Toyota GT 86 / Subaru BRZ, and with the podium being closed by the new BMW 3-Series F30.

“We are thrilled to have the CX-5 receive such a coveted award. Spurred on by this honor, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to the task of crafting cars that only Mazda can, in order to continue winning the support of our fans and customers into the future”, said the Mazda Executive Officer, Kiyoshi Fujiwara.

The 2011 winner of the Japanese Car of the Year was the Nissan Leaf but the CX-5 is actually the fourth Mazda model to receive the Japan COTY title since the MX-5 has won it back in 2005. Besides the Mazda CX-5, with its 363 votes, the Toyota GT 86 / Subaru BRZ has received 318 votes, the BMW 3-Series 282 votes, the Range Rover Evoque 218 votes, the Volkswagen Up! 152 votes, the Suzuki R Wagon 68 votes, the Citroen DS5 51 votes, the Alfa Romeo Giulietta 29 votes, the Nissan Note 10 votes and the Honda N-Box 9 votes.

  • crownmazda

    No wonder that Mazda CX-5 is 2012 Car of the Year in Japan. I was expecting it as it has best looks and smooth features.

    Many many congratulations to them!!

  • Mae

    Congrats Mazda – now just put that new diesel engine coming to the US in it and we’ll have an even bigger winner. Such a great CUV in need of a bit more go.