While Nissan has seen better days since the dramatic ouster of Carlos Ghosn, this COTY win for 2020 as chosen by the Automotive Researchers’ and Journalists’ Conference of Japan (RJC) will no doubt bring some much-needed cheer to the embattled Yokohama-based Japanese carmaker.

The RJC had this to say about the Nissan Dayz – a popular kei car model sold domestically.

“The all-new Nissan Dayz has changed the typical perception of kei cars. The newly developed platform, engine and Xtronic continuously variable transmission significantly enhance power, performance and fuel efficiency, and the car features a spacious cabin and luggage compartment. And even better, the model is the first kei car to offer the ProPILOT system and the ‘SOS call’ advanced automatic accident reporting system.”

Nissan also took home the Technology of the Year award in the shape of the ProPILOT 2.0 autonomous drive system which debuted in the Nissan Skyline sedan, otherwise known as the Infiniti Q50 in foreign markets.

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