Volvo's XC60 crossover has just scored big. The compact crossover has been named Japan Car of the Year for 2017-2018.

It's a big honor for Volvo, marking just the second time a foreign car has won the award. The XC60 scored 294 points, a massive 52 ahead of the second-place BMW 5 series. The highest placing Japanese model was the new Toyota Camry with 232 points. The new Suzuki Swift finished fourth.

Volvo Japan CEO Takayuki Kimura said, "This is the first time in Japan COTY’s 38-year history that Volvo has won an award. To be honest, I would have been happy with the Import Car of the Year. But to come away with the overall Japan Car of the Year is totally unexpected and sincerely humbling. I dedicate this award to the 100 dealers and 1400 staff across the nation."

The XC60 crossover debuted earlier this year with Volvo's newest design language featuring Thor's Hammer headlights. It's longer, lower, and wider than before for more space and a sleeker look. It's available with a range of engines that includes a plug-in hybrid model.