The Mazda6 fought off tough competition for this particular award, facing many popular car brands such as Volkswagen, Ford, Hyundai and Vauxhall.
The award for ‘Best Upper Medium’ car was given to the all-new Mazda6 at the prestigious Fleet News Awards, held last night in London, with the new car praised for its ground-breaking Skyactiv technology, its class-leading efficiency and its “exceptional” drive experience.
The new Mazda6 Tourer model was also shortlisted in the ‘Best Estate category’ and the Mazda CX-5 was highly commended in the ‘Best Crossover category’.
The judging panel, chaired by former chief executive of the SMMT Christopher Macgowan, explaining their selection of the all-new Mazda6 as a class winner, summarised: “The Mazda6 offers power with efficiency”.
“Its ground-breaking technology in using lightweight materials and re-engineering the drivetrain has resulted in excellent, highly efficient petrol and diesel engines. The car is well equipped and exceptional to drive, while the judges noted the fleet-friendly badging for a simplified line up.”
Accepting the award last, Head of Fleet at Mazda Steve Tomlinson commented: “It is with great pleasure that we accept this accolade for the Mazda6. Thanks to Mazda’s breakthrough Skyactiv technology, engineers have been able to deliver class-leading environmental credentials without resorting to the smaller engine displacements of some rivals.
“Company car drivers can obtain the seemingly impossible of top-notch diesel performance with unrivalled low emissions and excellent fuel economy courtesy of the all-new Mazda6,” he adds.
The all-new third generation Mazda6 range was launched in January and is powered by the manufacturer’s range of high-efficiency Skyactiv engines, including two petrol and two diesels units mated to six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.
Low CO2 emissions, which are critical to keeping company car-related taxes and operating costs in check, are among the many attributes of Mazda’s unique Skyactiv technology.
The all-new Mazda6 range is priced from £19,595 to £28,045. The 150PS 2.2-litre Skyactiv-D Saloon diesel has class-leading CO2 emissions of just 108g/km and combined fuel consumption of 67.3mpg.
The 2013 Mazda6 range is available now from Perrys Mazda Dealerships found in Barnsley, Blackburn, Huddersfield, Portsmouth and Preston.
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