Mazda has taken triple honours in the 2016 UK Car of the Year Awards. The all-new Mazda MX-5 was crowned both the Open Top Car of the Year and the overall winner of Car of the Year Awards, whilst the Mazda2 won the Best Supermini category.
An independent set of awards specifically aimed at naming the best new cars on the market in the United Kingdom, the UK Car of the Year awards are judged by 27 of Britain’s leading automotive journalists with road tests carried out on British roads.
Taking the overall Car of the Year title, the all-new Mazda MX-5 has added to its impressive awards tally, which includes ten new honours in 2016 alone. It won the Imported Convertible category of German magazine Auto, Motor & Sport's 'Best Cars 2106' reader's choice awards, and was voted 'Best Cabrio of the Year' by Portuguese magazine Turbo.
In Australia, the MX-5 was named 2016 Wheels Car of the Year for the third time in the model's history. It was also voted US News & World Report's 'Best Sports Car for the Money 2016', and, in Canada, TSN Motoring TV's 'Sports car of the Year'. Also named 2015-16 Japan Car of the Year and the Japan Automotive Hall of Fame's 2015-16 Car of the Year, the latest incarnation of the iconic roadster has reaffirmed Mazda’s dominance of the affordable sports car sector.
Maintaining the driver-focused ethos that has made the Mazda MX-5 the best-selling two-seater sports car of all time, the SKYACTIV engineering philosophy behind the all-new MX-5 has allowed Mazda to retain the agility, fun and engagement that has always defined it, while at the same time meeting ever-increasing safety and efficiency requirements, alongside improved refinement.
The lightest MX-5 since the iconic original, the all-new Mazda MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than the outgoing car, with the smallest overhangs and lowest centre of gravity yet. These dynamic proportions combined with Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy ensure that the all-new Mazda MX-5’s styling reflects its focus on driving pleasure in an unmistakably contemporary and dynamic way.
Commenting on Mazda’s success in the UK Car of the Year Awards, Mazda Motors UK Managing Director Jeremy Thomson said, “The MX-5 embodies all that is great about our products. It’s the ultimate example of how our SKYACTIV Technology and KODO design philosophy help us deliver stylish, spirited and great to drive cars."