• Bloomberg


Mazda Motor Corp.’s Demio compact car won Japan’s 2008 RJC Car of the Year award, topping six other nominees, including Honda Motor Co.’s Fit compact and Toyota Motor Corp.’s Mark X Zio minivan.

The redesigned Demio, equipped with a 1.3- or 1.5-liter engine, went on sale in July. Hiroshima-based Mazda plans to start selling the model under the name Mazda2 in Europe and China later this fiscal year.

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