Impreza is Japan’s car of the year
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.