Nissan has won the Japan Car of the Year award for the fifth time. This award went to the third-generation Note hatchback with e-Power hybrid powertrain. Ten finalists competed for the title, including the Toyota Land Cruiser 300 and even the Chevrolet Corvette. But 60 members of the jury, after testing at the Sodegaura Forest Raceway near Tokyo, gave the Note the maximum score of 335. Nissan beat its closest competitor, the Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ duo, by 71 points.
Five variants of the third generation Nissan Note are now available to the Japanese. This is a regular hatchback, a luxury Note Autech, Autech Crossover with increased ground clearance and a separate Note Aura model, which has a sports version of the Nismo. They all come with a sequential e-Power hybrid powertrain, with a choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, with a separate electric motor driving the rear axle. Largely thanks to e-Power, the hatchback was chosen car of the year, but the jury also praised its handling and competitive price.
Ten finalists fought for the victory in the competition. After tests at the Sodegaura Forest Raceway near Tokyo, Nissan scored 335 points, while its closest rival – Toyota GR86 / Subaru BRZ – only 264. Honda HR-V took third place (227 points), fourth place was taken by Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV (206). The jury gave the fifth place to the “eighth” Volkswagen Golf (168). Sixth – to the hydrogen sedan Toyota Mirai (104). The mid-engined Chevrolet Corvette scored only 81 points from the Japanese and seventh, ahead of the Mercedes-Benz C-Class (51 points), Toyota Land Cruiser 300 (45) and BMW 4 Series (19).
The Golf of the Year in Japan became the Best Imported Car of the Year. The BMW 4 Series received the Best Design Award. The 2021-2022 sports car is the Corvette, with the Outlander PHEV taking the Technology of the Year award. Well, Honda N-One became the best kei-car of the Land of the Rising Sun. At the same time, last year special prizes were given to Mazda MX-30 (design), Audi e-tron Sportback (technology), Alpina B3 (sports car) and Nissan Roox / Mitsubishi eK X Space / eK Space (key car). In the main nomination, the victory was won by the second generation Subaru Levorg station wagon.