Mazda announced that its recently unveiled 2015 Mazda2 just won the Japan’s Car of the Year award. According to the press release, it was a hard ‘battle’ between the Mazda2 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but the Japanese hatchback managed to win the award by 19 votes. BMW i3 took the third place, while the Subaru Levorg finished 4th, ahead of the Suzuki Hustler.
“With the Mazda2, we have rewritten the rule book for compact cars. Our new Skyactiv technology, excellent mileage, reasonable pricing and unique design all contributed to our victory today,” commented Mazda’s EVP, Kiyoshi Fujiwara.
Moreover, the BMW i3 won the ‘Innovation Award’, while the Honda N-WGN received the ‘Small Mobility Award’.
Meanwhile, Toyotas Fuel Cell program took the ‘Special Achievement Award’. Mazda introduced the all-new 2015 Mazda2/Demio back in July after it showed us the Hazumi Concept at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The new vehicle follows the KODO – Soul of Motion design philosophy and arrives with the innovative MZD Connect in-car connectivity system and the i-Activesense active safety technology.
Under the hood, the vehicle carries the Skyactiv-D 1.5-liter diesel engine that produces 105 hp (77 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. In addition, the Japanese hatchback is available with a 1.5-liter petrol engine.