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Nissan Sakura and Mitsubishi eK Cross EVs win Car of the Year Award in Japan

It’s the first time that EVs captured the main Japan COTY trophy and the Import Car of the Year award in the same year. It’s also the first time that a ‘K-minicar’ has won the Japan COTY award and the first time that one manufacturer won three awards in one night.

For the first time in the 43-year history of Japan’s Car of the Year awards, fully electric ‘K-minicars’ — the Nissan Sakura and Mitsubishi eK Cross EV — captured the country’s highest automotive award.

As joint partners in the Renault-Nissan-Mitsubishi Alliance, Nissan and Mitsubishi collaborated to create the electric ‘Sakura’ and ‘eK Cross EV’ K-cars which share platforms, powertrains and underpinnings. But this potentially game-changing K-car combination was not finished with one award. The two sister cars went onto win the ‘K-car of the Year’ special prize as well.

Many jurors praised the EV’s size, 64hp powertrain and 180 km range, all for an equivalent price of around £12,000.

For further information, please contact www.jcoty.org

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