The Mazda MX-5 was the only vehicle to win two awards in the 2016 World Car Awards: It was named the World Car of the Year as well as the World Car Design of the Year. The World Car Awards were established in 2004 by a group of journalists, with the World Design Award being established two years later.
This year, the awards were determined by a 73 journalists from 23 different countries, who narrowed finalists for the World Car of the Year down to the MX-5, the Audi A4, and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. The panel announced the MX-5 was the winner on March 24 at the New York International Auto Show.
The MX-5’s other win, the World Car Design of the Year, marks it as the first Japanese car to win the award in the award’s 10 years of existence. The World Car Awards established this award to recognize innovation in automotive design. Mazda’s General Manager of Design Ikuo Maeda said the award is “proof that our designs can connect with people all over the world.”