Volvo takes back-to-back Japanese COTY award

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Words: Nile Bijoux
11 Dec 2018

Volvo has taken Japan’s premier Car of the Year award for the second year in a row, seeing off competition from the Toyota Corolla Sport, Volkswagen Polo and Toyota Crown.

Accepting the trophy in front of 60 Car of the Year jurors and over 200 industry colleagues, Volvo Japan CEO, Takayuki Kimura, said, “After the XC60 won last year, we are ecstatic with this back-to-back victory and I’d firstly like to thank our nationwide staff for this award. The XC40 is the perfect size and competitively priced for the Japanese market so we hope to transfer this award into solid sales.”

Meanwhile, in the special awards categories, the Honda Clarity PHEV (plug-in hybrid) won the Best Innovation Award, while the BMW X2 captured the Emotional Award. The Daihatsu Tocot took home the Small Mobility gong, and also the unofficial award for the oddest named vehicle ever.

Toyota may have missed out on the top ranking gong but its Gazoo Racing team did receive the COTY steering committee’s ‘Special Achievement Award’ for its hugely popular victories at the Le Mans 24-hours and the World Rally Championships.

In a second ‘Special Achievement Award,’ the Honda N-Van was also honoured. So it looks as if everyone went home happy.


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