The 4th generation Mazda MX-5 is turning out to be one of the Japanese automaker’s most popular nameplates. That’s because besides winning awards all over the hemisphere, the roadster recently won 2 of the highly-coveted titles in this year’s World Car of the Year (WCOTY) awards.
The WCOTY was founded in 2004 by a group of automotive journalists from all over the world, with this year’s judges consisting of 73 media representatives from 23 nations.
The Mazda MX-5 not only clinched the main World Car of the Year title, but it also took home the World Car Design of the Year award. It’s the first automobile in the competition’s history to ever win both titles at the same time.
The impressive feat was announced during the 2016 New York Auto Show. There, Mazda North American Operation President and CEO and Mazda Motor Corporation Managing Executive Officer Masahiro Moro received the awards.
As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it is as young, vibrant, fun, and relevant as ever. Winning these also proves that every Mazda looks as incredible as it drives, and drives as incredibly as it looks.” says Masahiro Moro.
The latest Mazda MX-5 is the brand’s 6th model to embody both their signature KODO – Soul of Motion body design and SKYACTIV technologies. Since its 2015 debut, the roadster garnered prestigious titles such as the 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan and 2016 UK Car of the Year. In addition, it was also given the Best Sports Car recognition in the 2015 Car of the Year-Philippines (COTY-P) awards.
“While I accept this award on behalf of the company, I do so representing every Mazda employee, retail partner and customer around the world who has ever felt the joy of driving a pure roadster,” concluded Masahiro Moro.
Check out more of the award-winning Mazda MX-5 and the rest of the locally-available models from Mazda Philippines at the AutoDeal Car Guide.