For the second time in 10 years, Mazda has earned itself the title of Japan’s Car of the Year with their newly revamped 2013 Mazda CX-5. As a new Mazda dealership in Central Florida, Don Mealey’s Sport Mazda has heard first-hand from auto shoppers the lasting impression a spin behind the wheel of the 2013 Mazda CX-5 makes on potential customers. Voted on by 60 local automotive experts and journalists, the CX-5 claimed the title over other popular Japanese autos like the Toyota GT 86/Subaru BRZ which came in second place 45 votes under the CX-5.
This is the first win for Mazda since the 2005 MX-5 Miata and the fourth since the awards first began. Judges chose the CX-5 over other autos due to the Skyactiv technology that the popular crossover has come to embody, as well as the great handling and clean economical diesel engine which, at the moment, is only available in Japan. Kiyoshis Fujiwara, the man behind Skyactiv, accepted the award saying, “Spurred on by this honor, we will continue to dedicate ourselves to the task of crafting cars that only Mazda can, in order to continue winning the support of our fans and customers into the future.”