MX-5 named World Car of the Year 2016

The Mazda MX-5 has been named the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year at the 2016 New York International Auto Show.

The MX-5 beat the Audi A4 and the Mercedes GLC to the main award, whilst the Jaguar XE and Mazda's own CX-3 couldn’t stop the MX-5 completing on unprecedented double in the design category. This was the first time any car has won the two awards at the same event.

Launched in 2015, the fourth generation MX-5 has won over 30 awards so far, including Japanese Car of the Year 2015-16 and UK Car of the Year 2016, showing how well received the roadster is.

A new version of the MX-5 was displayed at the New York Auto Show, the MX-5 RF, a hard top convertible version, which will be released in 2017.

As one of Mazda’s most iconic lines, the MX-5 Roadster gave a new lease of life to the small roadster sector that had gone through a decline in the 1970s. On its release in 1989 it was an instant success and has been one of Mazda’s best selling models, with almost 1 million models produced.

In the fourth generation, it is sleeker and more rigid than the last model, and with SKYACTIV technology in the body and chassis reducing the weight by 15% compared to the previous generation.

Also fitted with some of the latest safety features, such Blind Spot Monitoring and Rear Cross Traffic Alert, this version is the safest MX-5 yet.

Along with the SKYACTIV Powertrains on offer, in either a 1.5 or 2.0-litre format, the MX-5’s performance is as lively as always. The top speed of the 2.0-litre top end Sport model is 133mph, with a 0-62mph time of 7.3 seconds.

Added: 11 April 2016

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