Mazda has taken triple honours in the 2016 UK Car of the Year Awards, including claiming the overall Car of the Year accolade with the all-new Mazda MX-5.
Taking the overall Car of the Year title the all-new Mazda MX-5 has added to its impressive awards tally, which includes 2016 What Car Awards Best Convertible, 2015 Auto Express Awards Best Roadster and 2015 Scottish Car of the Year Best Drop Top. Also named 2015 Japan 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 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.
Commenting on the MX-5, a UK Car of the Year judge said: “With the latest MX-5, Mazda has created the perfect roadster. A lightweight engaging, simplistic and even practical vehicle, which is an absolute pleasure to drive.”
A fellow judge added: “27 years on and still no-one has come close to rivaling what is seemingly a straightforward recipe. Light, compact and simple, driving the MX-5 makes you wonder why anyone would consider anything else. All sports cars should drive like this.”
Mazda’s success in the 2016 UK Car of the Year Awards also extended to the hotly contested Best Supermini category, with the all-new Mazda2 coming out on top against stiff competition in the award for the finest car in Britain’s biggest-selling automotive sector.
Commenting on the all-new Mazda2’s victory, a UK Car of the Year judge said: “It’s huge fun to drive, but not at the expense of affordable running costs or practicality.” Another judge added, “The Mazda2 is such a polished supermini, it sums up everything that Mazda is doing brilliantly right now in a bijou and polished all-round package.”
Launched 12 months ago, the all-new Mazda2 combines Mazda’s unique SKYACTIV technology with its KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy, to bring new levels of technical sophistication, safety and driving pleasure to the supermini sector.