The award was given to Mazda at the Motor Industry (MI) Awards this week after judges praised its panel welding, joining and repair training.
Mazda was quick to highlight the award’s importance for owners of Mazda cars if they are unlucky enough to damage their car in an accident.
“The award means that customers know they are receiving the highest standard of quality from Mazda’s approved accident repair network,” explained David Wilson-Green, Aftersales Director.
The training course honoured in the awards was the only one recognised in the industry. All mechanics attending the course must have had at least two years’ experience repairing cars. They are then tested on welding, panel repair and joining during the course.
Mazda repair centres are used to repair the full range of Mazda cars. In the UK this includes two of Mazda’s most popular cars, the Mazda2 supermini and the Mazda3 hatchback.
Both have been updated for 2012 with new Skyactiv engines. This means more efficient technology in both diesel and petrol options to bring CO2 emissions down and improve fuel economy.
In the case of the diesel Mazda2, emissions have been lowered to such an extent the car is now road tax and congestion charge free in the UK.
The Mazda range also includes the Mazda MX-5 sports car and the practical Mazda5 people carrier. The Mazda6 executive saloon and Mazda CX-7 SUV complete the UK range.
However, a new Mazda CX-5 compact crossover will be introduced by the Japanese manufacturer into the UK early in 2012.
Using Skyactiv engines, more efficient gearboxes and lightweight materials, the compact crossover will be one of the greenest on the market and in diesel variation will be eligible for zero first year road tax in the UK due to CO2 emissions of just 119g/km.