The soon-to-be launched Subaru BRZ and Toyota 86 have been crowned dual-winners of the 2012 Vehicle Dynamics International Car of the Year, published by UKIP Media and Events Ltd.
The VDI awards' judges, comprised of specialist engineers, technologists and journalists, praised the BRZ and 86 sister cars for their "less-is-more approach". VDI editor Graham Heeps said, "Let's hope this heralds the start of a new wave of fun-to-drive machinery."
The BMW 3 Series was in the hunt for the title and was deemed "highly recommended", finishing ahead of the shortlisted Ford Focus and Porsche 911.
The Subaru/Toyota partnership also saw Subaru senior general manager of product planning Toshio Masuda and TMC chief engineer Tetsuya Tada share top honours for Dynamicist of the Year.
Toyota's hard work continued to pay off with the brand securing the award for Dynamics Team of the Year with VDI highlighting this was not just because of the 86, but also the company's new emphasis on driving performance. Toyota's European executive responsible for chassis and dynamics Bruno Reinke said, "This award shows that we are heading in the right direction, and we will continue to make cars with a more dynamic character right across our range – from small city cars, through to sports cars and luxury vehicles."
Mazda and the team behind its SkyActiv chassis program received a special mention from VDI while its new chassis came runner-up to Tenneco’s ACOCAR active suspension that took out Innovation of the Year.
Toyota is set to launch the 86 in June 2012 ahead of its Subaru sibling.
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