November 20, 2003
Mazda RX-8 wins 2004 Car of The Year in Japan
Tokyo, Japan – Mazda’s four-door, four-seater rotary sports car, the RX-8, was named ‘2004 RJC Car of The Year’ and the RENESIS rotary engine that powers the RX-8 was also named ‘2004 RJC Technology of The Year.’ The selection was held on November 18 at a ceremony hosted by the Automotive Researchers’ & Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC).
Mazda wins the RJC Car of The Year award for the second consecutive year, following the Mazda Atenza (known as ‘Mazda6’ in overseas markets).
To be eligible for the prestigious 2004 RJC Car of The Year award, cars must be manufactured in Japan with a planned annual production of over 5000 units and launched between November 1, 2002 and October 31, 2003. 19 new models were in the running for this year’s award that was judged by a panel of 74 RJC members.
RJC is a non-profit organization with membership consisting of automotive journalists, leading academics, lawyers, and other influential community members. Established in 1991, RJC carries out its activities with the aim of ‘contributing to the sound development of the Japanese automotive industry through enthusiastic research and review.’
In line with this aim, every year the organization presents four awards: ‘RJC Car of The Year,’ ‘RJC Import Car of The Year,’ ‘RJC Technology of the Year,’ and ‘RJC Person of the Year.’ The winner of each award is selected based upon members’ votes.