The Mazda CX-3 has been recognized as Car of the Year in Thailand, as announced by Mazda Motor Corporation. Mazda’s compact Crossover SUV  has been awarded the highest accolade in Thailand by the Thai Automotive Journalists Association.

Coincidentally, the Mazda CX-3 model is assembled in Thailand, along with the equally popular Mazda2. The CX-3, launched between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016, was eligible for Thailand Car of the Year 2016. The CX-3 was chosen as the top pick among ten finalists by a judging panel comprising over 40 automotive journalists.

The CX-3 was the fifth model in Mazda’s new-generation line-up of vehicles featuring SKYACTIV technology and KODO-Soul of Motion design. It combines premium styling with dimensions and packaging that make it easy to use in any situation and performance that makes it a genuine pleasure to drive.

Production of the award-winning CX-3 began at Auto Alliance (Thailand), Mazda’s production facility in Thailand, in October 2015 and 4,787 units of the model were sold in the country in 2016.

Mazda is displaying the updated CX-3 for the first time at the 38th Bangkok International Motor Show, from 27 March until 9 April.

The Mazda CX-3 is also shipped to Malaysia for sale. The CX-3 takes up a SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter engine that is good for 154hp @ 6,000rpm and 204Nm @ 2,800rpm. As this is a CBU unit, the CX-3 comes with i-Stop idling stop system as standard.

On the aesthetic front, the CX-3 as mentioned embodies a more evolved KODO design language, as well as being equipped with one of the latest LED lighting system ever incorporated into a Japanese mass mobile as yet. DRLs and Adaptive front LED headlights are included for addition safety and outlook purposes. From the rear, LED lights perfectly complement the overall appearance of the compact Crossover SUV.

Inside, finely crafted leather trimmings with red stitching adorn the compact Crossover. A large 7-inch infotainment screen takes centerstage, flanked by retro-styled air vents. The seats are a complex mix of smooth and perforated leather and suede, while the door panels get red stitching too. Other parts within the dash and door trim areas are also laced with aluminium inserts for a mix of luxury and modernity seldom found in mass production Japanese made vehicles.