The Mazda CX-5 has been named the 2012-2013 Car of the Year in Japan. It is the second time Mazda has won the prize in the past 10 years and the fourth time in the history of the company.
"We are thrilled to have the CX-5 receive such a coveted award," said Kiyoshi Fujiwara, a Mazda executive officer. "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."
The automaker set itself apart with its new SkyActiv technology and clean diesel engine. SkyActiv encompasses new technology in the body, engine and transmission that aims to increase fuel efficiency while reducing overall weight and emissions. It also improves the car handling and ride quality for a better driving experience. The auto repair and upgrades given to the Mazda CX-5 impressed the judges, along with the thousands of drivers who have purchased the car since it came on the market in February 2012.
The Mazda was closely followed by the Toyota GT86 and the Subaru BRZ. The BMW 3-Series and Range Rover Evoque rounded out the top five vehicles.