MAZDA has scored four nominations — the most by any car maker — for the prestigious World Car Awards to be announced next month.
The all-new Mazda MX-5 and all-new Mazda CX-3 have been named as finalists for the overall World Car of the Year title,while the MX-5 and the CX-3 are listed as finalists for the World Car Design of the Year award.
The new CX-3 has been a standout from other compact crossovers with its sprightly 120ps (118hp) and 150ps SKYACTIV-G petrol, plus 105ps SKYACTIV-D diesel engines, while inside the cabin, all versions of the sophisticated CX-3 feature MZD-Connect with 7-inch colour touchscreen and Multimedia commande.
Sport Nav models are fitted with Mazda’s Active Driving Display system – a segment first head-up display system.
The fourth gen of Mazda’s iconic MX-5 has already claimed a host of influential awards including being named 2016 Japan Car of the Year, 2016 What Car? Best Convertible and 2015 Auto Express Roadster of the Year.
With a choice of 131ps 1.5-litre or 160ps 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engines, the nine model all-new Mazda MX-5 core range, has been enhanced with the launch of limited edition all-new Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro.
The lightest MX-5 since the first gen, the latest MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than the outgoing car, with the smallest overhangs and lowest centre of gravity yet ensuring handling is as dynamic as the car looks.
The annual World Car Awards are judged by a panel of 73 leading automotive journalist and the winners will be announced at the New York International Motor Show on March 24th.
Other major awards are World Luxury Car, World Performance Car and World Green Car.
2016 World Car of the Year finalists (in alphabetical order) are:
Audi A4 Sedan / Audi A4 Avant
Land Rover Discovery Sport
The 2016 World Luxury Car will be chosen from one of these top five finalists:
BMW 7 Series
Mercedes-Benz GLE Coupe
The 2016 World Performance Car top five finalists are:
Audi R8 Coupe
Honda Civic Type R I
Mercedes-AMG C 63 Coupé
Range Rover Sport SVR
The 2016 World Green Car top five are:
BMW 330e Plug-in-hybrid
Toyota Prius (Hybrid)
Toyota Mirai (Hydrogen Fuel Cell)
Volkswagen Passat GTE
A design panel consisting of six highly respected world design experts was asked to first review each candidate, and then establish a short-list of recommendations for the jurors.
The design experts are in alpha order: Masatsugu Arimoto (Japan – Freelance design journalist), Anne Asensio (Vice-President, Design – Dassault Systemes), Gernot Bracht (Germany – Pforzheim Design School), Patrick le Quément (Designer and President of the Strategy Committee – The Sustainable Design School), Sam Livingstone (U.K. – Car Design Research and Royal College of Art) and Tom Matano (USA – School of Industrial Design at Academy of Art University in San Francisco)
The five finalists for the 2016 World Design Award are:
Land Rover Discovery