Subaru's new Impreza - now in showrooms around the world -has won the 2000/2001 Car Of The Year Japan 'Special Award' for its widely acclaimed performance and handling. All passenger cars produced and launched in Japan between 1 November 1999 and 31 October 2000 were eligible. By coincidence, with the award in its 21st year, the 54-strong committee of automotive experts, critics and journalists had 21 new models to choose from.