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The Mazda MX-5 is 2016 World Car of the Year

Fourth-gen roadster triumphs against Audi A4 and the Mercedes GLC to take top spot

The new Mazda MX-5 has won the 2016 World Car of the Year award. Hooray!

Announced at this year’s New York Motor Show, the dinky roadster took the top spot, seeing off competition from the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC SUV. Not only that, the MX-5 also claimed the World Car Design of the Year award too; the first time in the competition’s history that one car has taken both accolades.

It caps off a bit of an awards haul for the fourth-generation roadster. These two titles will jostle with over 30 others for space on Mazda’s mantelpiece, including 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan, and 2016 UK Car of the Year.

“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, and proof that every Mazda looks as incredible as it drives, and drives as incredibly as it looks,” explains Mazda’s Masahiro Moro.

“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.”

It also follows the New York unveil of the rather tasty ‘Retractable Fastback’ MX-5 - which could also preview a harder MPS version in the future…

So, tell us: worthy winner?


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