Mazda MX-5 named Telegraph Car of the Year two thousand sixteen
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What is the best fresh car on sale in 2016?
That’s precisely the question we set out to response when naming our Telegraph Car of the Year, and after careful deliberation we are delighted to announce that the winner is the Mazda MX-5.
In addition to being named Best Sports Car, the MX-5 took the overall title because, fairly simply, it flawlessly fulfils what it sets out to do. The title means it joins previous winners the Jaguar XE (2015), Ford Fiesta (2014) and Volkswagen Golf (2013) as gaining The Telegraph’s highest fresh car accolade.
Chris Knapman, Head of Motoring at The Telegraph, said: “Among an amazingly strong list of category winners, the Mazda MX-5 is meticulously deserving of the overall Car of the Year title. Our judges all loved the way it supplies such back-to-basics plainness without sacrificing any of the modern safety or connectivity that buyers expect. That it is also so affordable to buy and run only adds to its appeal.”
Commenting on the award, Jeremy Thomson, managing director of Mazda UK, said: “Taking the Telegraph’s overall Car of the Year title emphasises the broad appeal of our iconic sports car. A car that represents better value than ever: when it was launched in 1990, the 115ps Mk1 MX-5 cost £14,249 (equal to £31,687 in today’s money), yet twenty five years later with vastly more standard equipment, the all-new Mazda MX-5 costs from £18,495, meaning more than ever, the Mazda MX-5 sets the benchmark as the one of the world’s best and most affordable sports cars.
“With a bumper summer of MX-5 convertible sales ahead of us and the arrival of the all-new Mazda MX-5 RF next year, I’m sure the next chapter of the MX-5 success story will be even more exciting”.