The all-new generation of the iconic roadster has earned yet another accolade – the title of Car of the Year Japan.
Looking utterly modern but still keeping the exact successful recipe that made it famous since 1989, the Mazda MX-5 was an easy bet to for the title back home – all votes accounted for the MX-5 took home the victory with 442 against 41 votes to spare ahead of the second placed Honda S660. Meanwhile the BMW 2 Series was able to reach for the third spot on the podium and with 177 votes it also took its own accolade – Import Car of the Year in Japan. “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,” commented Mazda Vice President of product planning Kiyoshi Fujiwara while accepting the prize. He was also very thankful of the jurors for bestowing the accolade and to the development team that was responsible for the MX-5’s creation in its current generation.
Further during the event the smallish Suzuki Alto was the Small Mobility award winner, while America’s favorite eco car – the Tesla Model S – took home the Innovation prize. Meanwhile, Toyota’s fuel cell powered Mirai was not eligible for the most important award sections but was still appreciated with a special accolade for helping popularize hydrogen powered fuel-cell vehicles. The MX-5’s most interesting engine is the 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G four-cylinder that churns out 155 bhp (155 kW) and 148 lb-ft (200 Nm) of torque, mated either to a six speed manual or six speed auto gearbox.