Toyota gained "The car of the year" in Japan for the first time in 10 years
Administrator World Garage
The winner of the contest "Car of the year in Japan" (JCOTY) was a crossover Toyota RAV4 new generation
The winner of the competition "Car of the year in Japan" (JCOTY) 2019-2020 was a crossover Toyota RAV4 new generation. The last time the model of this brand won the competition 10 years ago, when the 2009-2010 title went to the Toyota Prius hybrid.
A jury of 69 media representatives had to choose the best of 35 new cars launched in the Japanese market from November 1, 2018 to October 31, 2019. There were only 13 models of Japanese brands in the list, but six of them were in the final ten contenders for the title.
As a result, the victory was awarded to Toyota RAV4, which beat the finalists in the face of the new Mazda3 and BMW 3-Series. Experts appreciated the high degree of comfort of the crossover, good and clear handling, as well as the capacity of the trunk. In addition, they noted the possibility of choosing from three all-wheel drive systems: in addition to the traditional Dynamic Torque Control AWD scheme, a modification with two separate clutches on the rear wheels is available, as well as a hybrid version with an electric motor on the rear axle.
In addition, winners in additional categories were named. So, the best foreign car was "three-wheel drive" BMW," the most emotional " called Jeep Wrangler, the prize for innovation was unmanned Nissan Skyline, technically identical Nissan Dayz and Mitsubishi eK became the best key cars.
The winner of last year's JCOTY competition was a compact crossover Volvo XC40, which was able to beat the points of the new Toyota Corolla. The model of the Swedish company won the competition for the second year in a row — in 2017, this title was awarded to the XC60 all-terrain vehicle.