Mazda MX-5 Wins 2016 World Car Of The Year Award At The New York International Auto Show

Posted: Mar 25 2016, 4:08am CDT | by , Updated: Mar 25 2016, 4:47am CDT, in News | Cars & Vehicles

Mazda MX-5 Wins 2016 World Car of the Year Award at the New York International Auto Show
Mazda's Program Manager for the Mazda MX-5 Nobuhiro Yamamoto (left) and President of Mazda North American Operations Masahiro Moro (right) accept the 2016 World Car Award for Car of the Year at the New York International Auto Show at the Javits Center on March 24, 2016 in New York City. The 2016 Mazda MX-5 received the grand prize as well as the 2016 World Car Award for Design of the Year. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)

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Mazda Motor Corp.’s MX-5 sports car, known as the Roadster in Japan, won the 2016 World Car of the Year award at the New York International Auto Show, the World Car Steering Committee said.

The two-seat, fourth-generation convertible was crowned for being a fun-to-drive car that is almost as light as the original rolled out in 1989, defeating the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. It also took the World Car Design award for 2016 on Thursday, The Japan Times reported.

In other categories, Toyota Motor Corp.’s Mirai fuel cell car won the World Green Car award.

The Mazda MX-5 is the first Japanese car to be selected as the World Car of the Year since 2011, when Nissan Motor Co.’s Leaf electric vehicle won the award.

For Mazda, the MX-5 is its second car to receive the honor following the Mazda2 compact, known as the Demio in Japan, in 2008.

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