The 2015 Mazda MX-5 was named Car of the Year Japan. The roadster managed to fetch 442 votes which put it 41 votes ahead of the second place Honda S660. On the third place of the grid was the 2015 BMW 2-Series with 177 votes. 

The German coupe managed to fetch the title of Import Car of the Year.

"We went through some tough times during the financial crisis and 2011 earthquake, but we stuck to our founding principles and created a winning formula", said Mazda Vice President of product planning Kiyoshi Fujiwara. 

Suzuki Alto got the Small Mobility award, while the Tesla Model S won the Innovation award. Unfortunately, Toyota Mirai didn’t meet the criteria for the main categories but the jury decided to offer a special award for the first hydrogen powered fuel-cell mass-production vehicle in the world. 

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In the US, the 2015 Mazda MX-5 starts from $24,915 and features the 2.0 liter Skyactiv-G engine which can deliver 160 horsepower and 200 Nm peak of torque.

Source: Mazda