The Mazda CX5 has been crowned Japan’s Car of the Year for 2012, beating off stiff competition from fellow Japanese manufacturers in the form of the Subaru BRZ and Toyota GT86, as well as European products from BMW, VW and Land Rover.
Each juror is given 25 votes – he or she has to give 10 to their highest placed car, spreading the remaining 15 votes among their next best four cars.
The Mazda CX5 crossover received 363 votes compared to its next closest competitor – the BRZ/GT86 – which scored 318.
The significant margin of victory shows just how revolutionary Mazda’s Skyactiv philosophy to building cars is, the technology manifesting itself through the car’s “great handling and economical, clean diesel engine.”
Other premium products from the likes of BMW with its 3 Series and Land Rover with its new Range Rover scored 282 and 218 votes respectively. It was a landslide victory for the impressive Mazda CX5 SUV.
Mazda’s ‘Godfather’ of Skyactiv technology, Kiyoshi Fujiwara:
“It was a long road. In the early days of Skyactiv development, I had a lot of opposition from colleagues suggesting this technology was not the answer. But we stayed true to our goals, and here we are today, fully recognised by the COTY jurors.”
Engines range from a 165hp 2.0-litre petrol to a pair of 2.2-litre turbodiesel engines in 150hp and 175hp guise.
A range best 0-62mph time of 8.8 seconds means you’ll never be lacking performance, but it won’t come at the expense of fuel economy either.
The lowered-powered diesel version of the Mazda CX5 will return 61.4mpg with 119g/km CO2, meaning just £30 road tax per year.
The use of high-strength but lightweight steels in the chassis means nimble, agile handling and dynamics, but strong levels of safety, too.
For more information on the brilliant Mazda CX5 crossover, or to book a test drive, why not visit our dedicated Mazda showrooms in Bookham, Surrey or Orpington, Kent. Alternatively, you can contact our sales team on 0844 539 6753 today.