Im­preza is Ja­pan’s car of the year

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Subaru Im­preza chief en­gi­neer Kazuhiro Abe with the 2017 Car of the Year (Coty) Ja­pan award. The Im­preza re­ceived 420 votes to beat Toy­ota Prius by 49 votes. The Audi A4 polled 149 votes to win the Im­port Car of the Year tro­phy, just four votes ahead of the Volvo XC90.

This win gives Subaru only its sec­ond ever Coty tro­phy and its first in 13 years. Abe said when the team started de­vel­op­ing the Im­preza over four years ago, they never imag­ined such a pres­ti­gious award. ‘On be­half of all of my R&D team, I’d like to thank the ju­rors for their sup­port of this car.’ Ja­pan’s Coty or­gan­i­sa­tion is made up of 59 ju­rors who each start with 25 votes and must give their most highly rated ve­hi­cle 10 votes. Their re­main­ing 15 votes are then spread across their next best four cars. Each ju­ror must vote for five cars out of the fi­nal Top 10.

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