- The 2014 Cadillac ATS, Chrysler 300 and Ford Focus did not make the cut for the next Japan Car of the Year prize.
- They were among the originally nominated cars.
- The winner will be announced on November 23 at the Tokyo auto show.
TOKYO — It's Japan Car of the Year time, and once again, U.S. metal seems to have fallen short.
Starting out with a long list of nominated cars, JCOTY jurors then go through the process of whittling things down to a "10 Best" list.
Contenders for JCOTY 2013-'14 are now in and include five domestic products. These are the Honda Fit/Fit Hybrid; Mazda Atenza (Mazda 6); Mitsubishi Outlander Plug-In Hybrid, Subaru XV hybrid and the Toyota Crown.
In the import camp, the chosen ones are the Fiat Panda, Mercedes-Benz S-Class, Mini Paceman, Volkswagen Golf and Volvo V40.
Detroit iron up for original consideration included the 2014 Cadillac ATS, Chrysler 300 and Ford Focus.
Yet maybe Motown shouldn't feel too left out. After all, the likes of the BMW 4 Series, Jaguar F-Type, Porsche Cayman, Range Rover and Mercedes-Benz CLA were also among those that didn't make the final JCOTY cut this time round.
Japan Car of the Year, first run in 1980-'81, is Japan's most prestigious award, yet in all that time, it's a fact that no import car has ever won the big gong.
Prediction? Mazda has substantially moved the goal posts with the excellence of its all-new Atenza (Mazda 6), so it must be a strong favorite. Or will the new VW Golf be the import that finally breaks the JCOTY curse?
This year's JCOTY winner will be announced at the Tokyo auto show on November 23.
Edmunds says: While it's not exactly the Curse of the Mummy's Tomb of the Curse of the Bambino, it is becoming a little annoying to those of us on this side of the Pacific.