Mazda Motor Corporation's new Mazda2 (known in Japan as the Demio)was recently named the 2014-2015 Car of The Year by the Japan Car of The Year Committee. It will be the company's fourth nameplate that will both utilize the Skyactiv Technology and the KODO-Soul of Motion Design Language after the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 vehicles.

"We are both honored and grateful that the Mazda Demio (Mazda2) has received such a prestigious award. This result is thanks to the enthusiastic support of all people who love cars. Inspired by this award, we will continue our quest to build cars that add a certain sparkle to the lives of their owners, and aim to become a one-and-only brand chosen by customers again and again,” said Masamachi Kogai, Mazda's Representative Director, President and CEO.

Cars eligible for the award had to have an expected annual sale of over 500 units and announced or launched in Japan between November 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014. Mazda won the Car of The Year award back in 2012 with the CX-5 and the new Mazda2 is the fifth car from Mazda to win the award.

Currently the Mazda6 is the reigning Car of the Year in the Philippines as awarded by CAGI. The current 2014-2015 CAGI test season is ongoing.