Mazda MX-5 and CX-3 With Mazda leading the way with a total of four nominations, more than any other manufacturer, the finalists in the 2016 World Car Awards have been announced. The fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 and new Mazda CX-3 have been named as finalists for the overall World Car of the Year title, plus both the MX-5 and the CX-3 are listed as finalists for the World Car Design of the Year award.

Launched quite recently in Malaysia, the new Mazda CX-3’s style, quality and generous equipment tally help it stand out from other small crossovers in the market. Available with 120ps and 150ps SKYACTIV-G petrol, plus 105ps SKYACTIV-D diesel engines, all versions of the sophisticated new Mazda CX-3 feature MZD-Connect with 7-inch colour touchscreen and Multimedia commander, while Sport Nav versions are fitted with Mazda’s Active Driving Display system; a segment first head-up display system.

Having made its Malaysian debut in the third quarter of last year, the 4th-gen Mazda MX-5 has already claimed a host of influential awards including being named 2016 Japan Car of the Year and numerous other recognitions. With a choice of 131ps 1.5-liter (not available domestically) or 160ps 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G petrol engines, the new Mazda MX-5 has is offered with the latest driver’s assistance systems and safety features such as; the i-ACTIVSENSE suite (i-STOP, i-ELOOP, Adaptive Front Lighting, Lane Departure Warning and High Beam Control), four airbags, a head protection function and Mazda’s active bonnet.

The lightest MX-5 since the iconic original, the new Mazda MX-5 is shorter, lower and wider than the outgoing car, with the smallest overhangs and lowest center of gravity yet. These dynamic proportions combined with Mazda’s KODO: Soul of Motion design philosophy ensure the latest version of the Mazda MX-5’s styling reflects its focus on driving pleasure in a uniquely contemporary and dynamic way. Reaffirming Mazda’s dominance of the affordable sports car sector, the Mazda MX-5 maintains the classic rear-wheel drive layout and 50:50 weight distribution it’s famed for, yet developed under the ethos of ‘innovate in order to preserve’, Mazda has enhanced the sports car’s legendary agility, fun and engagement, while simultaneously improving safety, refinement and efficiency.

Mazda Malaysia (Bermaz Motor) has made available four colors for the MX-5: Soul Red Metallic, Crystal White Pearl, Meteor Grey and Jet Black. At RM 226,376 on-the-road with insurance, the new Mazda MX-5 is sure to be a hit among the true Roadster and light sports car enthusiasts in the country.

The yearly World Car Awards’ winners will be announced at the upcoming New York Motor show on 24 March.

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