The latest car to be crowned Japan Car of the Year is the fifth-generation Subaru Impreza. First making its public debut during the 2016 New York Auto Show, the all-new Impreza brings home the second Car of the Year title for Subaru, the first being the Legacy back in 2003.
“It is a great honor that the Impreza has been recognized with this distinctive award. I would like to thank our customers, suppliers and shareholders for their continued support for Subaru and I am grateful to all those who contributed to this achievement. We will continue to enhance our efforts to offer an ‘enjoyment and peace of mind’ driving experience to all customers,”said Yasuyuki Yoshinaga, president and CEO of Fuji Heavy Industries.
For this generation of Impreza, it now rides on a new architecture called Global Program which is set to underpin Subaru models in the near future. Subaru adds that this platform promises to deliver “Enjoyment and Peace of Mind”, as well as a more dynamic driving experience to all drivers and greater comfort for passengers. This platform is also slated to be the basis of future hybrids from the automaker.
In Japan, the Impreza is available in two body styles as a sedan and a hatchback. It is also available with two engine choices with the FB16 1.6 liter flat four engine in the base model and the FB20 2.0 liter flat four in higher trim levels. Motor Image Pilipinas, the official distributor of Subaru vehicles in the country, have yet to announce the arrival of the 2017 Impreza in the country.