The Suzuki Jimny has won the 2019 World Urban Car award. This makes a Suzuki car in the 'Top three in the World' finalist in the World Urban Car category for three consecutive years. This year, the Jimny was also a top three finalist in the World Car Design of the Year category.
Toshihiro Suzuki, representative director and president of Suzuki Motor Corporation said, “We at Suzuki are greatly honoured to receive this award. The Jimny is the one-and-only, compact, authentic off-roader, and we have kept true to this concept for almost 50 years. It now has many fans around the world, who enjoy its excellent performance and one-of-a-kind functional design, both on and off-road. We accept this award on behalf of our fans, as well as with pride and confidence in our passion to build exciting cars to be the foot of our customers everyday lives.”
Hiroyuki Yonezawa collecting the Urban Car of the Year trophy for the Suzuki Jimny at the 2019 World Car Awards at the New York Motor Show.
The 2019 World Urban Car winner was chosen from an initial entry list of five cars from all over the world, then a short list of three finalists as announced in Geneva on March 5th. The 2019 Top Three in the World finalists are: the Hyundai AH2/Santro, the Kia Soul and the Suzuki Jimny.
The World Urban Car award was introduced in 2017 because it's an award whose time has come. World Car Awards Program co-chair, Mike Rutherford, commented, “Everyday cars in many -- perhaps most -- parts of the world will have to become smaller if road and parking space is to be found for them in increasingly packed towns and cities whose populations are swelling annually.”
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