Prior to determining the 2012-2013 Japan Car of the Year (JCOTY), the organisers pick 10 finalists which are also listed as the 10 Best Cars of the Year. This year, there were 30 models nominated, of which 16 were foreign brands. selection of the 10 Best Cars of the Year is by votes from a judging panel of motoring journalists.

Here are this year’s 10 Best Models (in no particular order):

Toyota 86/Subaru BRZ (considered as same model)
Alfa Romeo Giulietta, Citroen DS5 and BMW 3-Series

Mazda CX-5, Range Rover Evoque

Volkswagen up!, Honda N-Box

Nissan Note, Suzuki Wagon R

Click here to view the full list of models nominated this year  |  Click here to view last year’s 10 Best models

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