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December 8, 2018

Japan's 2018-2019 Car of the Year is the Volvo XC40

After being declared the 2018 European Car of the Year, the first-ever Volvo XC40 adds yet another feather to its cap: the Japan Car of the Year 2018-2019.

Volvo’s first-ever compact crossover scored 363 points, beating out the competition that included the all-new Toyota Corolla, Mazda CX-8, and Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross.

JCOTY jurors praised the XC40 for its “easy-to-handle size” making it perfect for Japanese road conditions. They also lauded its high-quality Scandinavian interior, abundance of storage space solutions, and well-balanced handling that’s both sporty and comfortable. And being a Volvo, advanced safety equipment is standard.

The XC40’s win marks a back-to-back win for Volvo at the Japan Car of the Year awards. Last year, its mid-sized crossover, the XC60 was judged the year’s best. Volvo is only the second non-Japanese carmaker to win the top automotive honor there.

2018-2019 Japan Car of the Year
  1. Volvo XC40 – 363 points
  2. Toyota Corolla Sports – 314 points
  3. Volkswagen Polo – 197 points
  4. Toyota Crown – 170 points
  5. Mitsubishi Eclipse Cross – 156 points
  6. Mazda CX-8 – 111 points
  7. Alfa Romeo Stelvio – 106 points
  8. BMW X2 – 47 points
  9. Honda Clarity PHEV – 36 points

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