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Subaru Levorg is Japan’s 2020 Car of the Year

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The all-new Subaru Levorg has been named 2020-2021 Car of the Year Japan. The wagon beat the new Honda Jazz and the Toyota Yaris to grab the title.

The last time Subaru won the title was with the Impreza Sport back in 2016. This is also the third time Subaru is winning the Japan Car of the Year award.

Having sold12,594 units as of the 6th of December, the all-new Levorg even exceeded the company’s monthly sales target by 2,200 units in Japan.

Most notably, the innovative nature of new Levorg has been well received as a 94% of customers have chosen the trims equipped with “EyeSight X”, Subaru’s advanced driving assist system.

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The Levorg was selected as the overall Car of the Year in Japan by a jury panel comprising 60 members, for striking a good balance between “advanced safety”, “sportiness”, and “practicality/utility”.

“It is a great honor that the Levorg has been recognized with this distinctive award,” said Tomomi Nakamura, president and CEO of Subaru Corporation.

“I would like to thank our customers and all other stakeholders for their continued support for Subaru. We will continue to enhance our efforts to offer an ‘enjoyment and peace of mind’ to all customers.”

In addition to Car of the Year Japan, the other awards given were Import Car of the Year that went to the Peugeot 208, Design Car of the Year award that went to the Mazda MX-30, Technology Car of the Year award that was clinched by the Audi e-tron Sportback, Performance Car of the Year award that was grabbed by the BMW Alpina B3, and the “K Car of the Year” award that went to the Mitsubishi eK Cross Space.

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All-New Subaru Levorg Wins 2020-2021 Car of the Year Japan

Tokyo, December 7, 2020 – Subaru Corporation is pleased to announce that the all-new Subaru Levorg has been named 2020-2021 Car of the Year Japan. This is the third time Subaru has been awarded the honor, following the Impreza Sport/G4’s win in 2016.

Based on the Grand Touring Philosophy pursued among Subaru engineers to develop a car that allows the driver and passengers to ”go further with more comfort, safety and enjoyment,” the all-new Levorg has been developed as a performance wagon with evolutionally enhanced values of “advanced safety”, “sportiness” and “wagon practicality/utility” utilizing Subaru’s latest technologies.

By December 6th, 2020, total order for the new Levorg counts 12,594 units, exceeding the pace of its monthly sales target of 2,200 units. Most notably, the innovative nature of new Levorg has been well received as a 94% of customers have chosen the trims equipped with “EyeSight X”, Subaru’s advanced driving assist system.

“It is a great honor that the Levorg has been recognized with this distinctive award,” said Tomomi Nakamura, president and CEO of Subaru Corporation. “I would like to thank our customers and all other stakeholders for their continued support for Subaru. We will continue to enhance our efforts to offer an ‘enjoyment and peace of mind’ to all customers.”

2020-2021 Car of the Year Japan Awards
Passenger cars officially announced in Japan between November 1, 2019 and October 31, 2020 are eligible and a jury of up to 60 members selects the winner by voting. In addition to “Car of the Year Japan” and “Import Car of the Year,” awards are granted in “Design Car of the Year,” “Technology Car of the Year,” “Performance Car of the Year” and “K Car of the Year” categories in the 2020-2021 Car of the Year Japan Award.

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The 2021 German Car of the Year is a Honda

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For the first time ever, a Japanese car has won the German Car of the Year award. The honour goes to none other than the Honda e – the brand’s first battery electric vehicle for Europe.

Besides the German Car of the Year 2021 award, the Honda e also clinched the ‘New Energy’ category in the annual event.

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Prior to the award, the Honda e triumphed in Autocar’s ‘Britain’s Best Car’ Awards 2020 in the ‘Best Car Tech’ category, and it was recently named ‘City / Small Car of the Year’ in the News International Motor Awards 2020.

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In Germany, the Honda e has also added a EuroCarBody 2020 award from Automotive Circle to its German Car of the Year title, just months after receiving two prestigious Red Dot awards for outstanding design, including top ‘Best of the Best 2020’ honours.

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The Honda e has since been on display at the world-renowned Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany.

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Honda’s first battery electric vehicle for Europe, the Honda e, has been named ‘German Car of the Year 2021’ in the country’s prestigious annual Car of the Year Awards, becoming the first vehicle from a Japanese brand to do so. The car also won in the ‘New Energy’ category.

This is the latest in a series of prestigious accolades to be given to the Honda e since its launch in Spring 2020, including the top honour in the Red Dot Design Awards.

The German Car of the Year awards are decided by a jury of leading German car journalists. The panel tests and reviews the latest cars, ranking them according to their usability, driving characteristics, market relevance and level of innovation. 

The winners of five categories – Compact, Premium, Luxury, New Energy and Performance – then go head-to-head to decide an overall winner.

“For Honda e to be the first Japanese car to be awarded German Car of the Year is a great honour and one we are incredibly proud to receive”, added Katsuhisa Okuda, CO & President of Honda Motor Europe.

“Customer and media response to the Honda e since it was first unveiled has been overwhelmingly positive. The Honda e is a perfect example of a product with a unique design, featuring cutting-edge technology and advanced intelligent connectivity to keep owners connected with their everyday life. We are very thankful for this award.”

“Honda e represents a new type of mobility where the car plays a central role in creating a “seamless connection” between various facets of life,” commented Tomofumi Ichinose, Honda e Large Project Leader.

“Honda e was also developed to be the best urban commuter in response to environmental issues, especially in city areas. Development of Honda e was a big challenge, however at the same time, it was fun to envision a beautiful and brighter future in which Honda e plays its part. Team members and I are delighted to receive this award, a recognition that the vision this car represents has value.”

This latest award for the Honda e follows notable success and recognition from across Europe. In the UK, the Honda e triumphed in Autocar’s ‘Britain’s Best Car’ Awards 2020 in the ‘Best Car Tech’ category, and it was recently named ‘City / Small Car of the Year’ in the News International Motor Awards 2020.

In Germany, the Honda e has also added a EuroCarBody 2020 award from Automotive Circle to its German Car of the Year title, just months after receiving two prestigious Red Dot awards for outstanding design, including top ‘Best of the Best 2020’ honours. The Honda e has since been on display at the world-renowned Red Dot Design Museum in Essen, Germany.

In Belgium, Honda’s urban electric supermini has been nominated for an Autogid Magazine award, in the ‘Electric Small’ category, and is also in the running for ‘Hungarian Car of the Year’, after being named the ‘Most Exciting Novelty/New Car’ by Vezess.hu last year. Elsewhere in Europe, the Honda e has been nominated in Spain’s Axel Springer Motor Awards in the ‘small cars’ category and in Italy it’s in the running to be named Quattroruote’s ‘Car of the Year’. Meanwhile in Denmark, the car has been shortlisted for Denmark Car of the Year 2021.

The Honda e was launched earlier this year and is an important model in Honda’s commitment to electrify 100% of its European mainstream models by 2022. Setting new benchmarks for contemporary car design and advanced e-mobility, the Honda e has been designed without compromise with a focus on functionality and usability. It features a seamless, sleek and modern appearance, with cutting-edge technology and advanced intelligent connectivity to keep owners in sync with everyday life.

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