Since last year, Nissan has been launching new models left and right. And now, it seems to have paid off. The Note, together with all other versions of the model (Note Aura, Note NISMO, and Note Autech Crossover), has just been named the 2021-2022 Japan Car of the Year. With that, it marks the fifth time Nissan has won the award.
The current Note was only launched in late 2020 and served as a replacement to the aging second-generation model. It was offered with an e-Power hybrid powertrain and quiet interior, which Nissan says was able to win customers over. Aside from the powertrain, owners also praised the hatchback for its interior and exterior design.
“We are honored to receive the Japan Car of the Year award for the Note, which represents the new Nissan along with the Ariya. The Note is equipped with e-POWER, a powertrain that will play an important role in the electrification that Nissan is promoting. With this award as encouragement, we will continue to deliver innovations that turn everyday driving into an exciting time for customers,” said Ashwani Gupta, Nissan's Chief Operating Officer.
The Note, which garnered 335 votes, was able to beat other competitors by a large margin. Some of these vehicles include the Subaru BRZ/Toyota GR86, which came in second place with 264 votes, and the Honda Vezel/HR-V in third with 227 votes.
While Nissan snatched the title for Japan's Car of the Year award, the Volkswagen Golf 8 was named Japan's Import Car of the Year 2021-2022. Other special awards include the Design of the Year trophy won by the BMW 4-Series, Performance award with the Chevrolet Corvette, Outlander PHEV with Technology of the year, and the Honda N-One winning the kei-car minicar category.
Given the popularity of the Note in Japan and even winning Japan Car of the Year, we wonder if Nissan has plans of offering it in the Philippines. With its e-Power powertrain, the Note would be a great addition to the brand's current local lineup.