Throughout the years, the Mazda MX5 has been touted as one of the best selling cars in Australia. But did you know that Australians are not the only ones who are fond of this gorgeous machine? The year 2016 has been a great one for the MX-5. Not only does it continue to sell more units in Australia, it has also received the global automotive industry’s top award.
In a ceremony held in New York City in the US, the MX-5 has been voted to receive the highly coveted World Car of the Year for 2016. The car, which is also the world’s biggest selling sports car, has received the nod of approval of 73 motoring journalists from 23 countries. These journalists assessed more than 50 new vehicles of all shapes, sizes, and price ranges for the last 12 months before voting for the MX-5.
In addition to being voted as the car of the year, the MX5 also took home the World Car Design award in 2016, beating Jaguar XE sedan and the Mazda CX-3 SUV. Masahiro Moro, senior Mazda executive and former chief of the company’s product planning, was ecstatic for MX-5’s big win. “What a day for Mazda,” he said.
The Mazda executive expressed his congratulations to the people behind the iconic vehicle. He also congratulated and thanked MX-5 owners all over the world for making the car a “brand icon” for the last 26 years.
The fourth generation MX-5 has received praises from returning to its roots as a fun-to-drive sports car. According to reports, the new model is almost as light as the original MX-5, which was introduced in 1989. This is fairly impressive since the new MX-5 has more safety features and a much stronger body than the first MX-5.
In other categories, the Toyota Mirai hydrogen car was voted as the World Green Car for 2016. It bested the Chevrolet Volt plug-in hybrid and the fourth generation Toyota Prius hybrid. The Audi R8 V10, on the other hand, was named the Best Performance Car, while the BMW 7 series won the Best Luxury Car award.
Indeed, the MX-5 is definitely an iconic vehicle that has made many car owners and sports car enthusiasts happy over the years. If you’re a proud owner of the MX-5, make sure that this one-of-a-kind car will receive the treatment it deserves. If it requires repairs, find someone who specializes in Mazda rotary to get the best results.