2012 Mazda CX-5
Reason for award:
Despite being a practical 5-door 5-seater crossover, Mazda CX-5 appeals to the eye with a stylish design and is actually a lot of fun to drive. SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY has delivered the innovative SKYACTIV-D diesel engine, which reduces noise and vibration but still delivers powerful torque and excellent efficiency. Judges were also impressed that SKYACTIV-D has won tremendous support in Japan and begun a new era for diesel engines in the country.
(Translated from Car of the Year Japan’s official website)