The Mazda6 has added another prestigious title to its growing list of awards, the Maxol/UMWA Northern Irish Car of the Year 2003.
The Mazda6 was voted for by the panel of journalists from the Ulster Motoring Writers Association beating off competition from Citroen, Lexus and Honda to take the title. It also took the Family Car category, beating the Saab 9-3 into second place.
The panel of judges praised the Mazda for its driving experience, a range of spirited engines and fine chassis as well as Mazda itself for the dramatic turn around in fortunes over the last 18 months.
The award is the latest in a long line of awards for the Mazda6 which include:
|Auto Express Driver Power||Overall winner|
|Auto Express||Auto1 Champion|
|What Car?||Estate of the Year|
|Scottish Car of the Year||Overall winner|
|Fleet News||Best Upper Medium Car|
|Men and Motors||Best Family Car|
|Diesel Car of the Year||Family Class Winner|
|Fleet World||Best User Chooser Car|
It is not just the media who have given the Mazda6 a vote of confidence, sales last year exceeded 6,000, which was ahead of the original target of 4,500. This year sales are continuing very strongly with an expected volume for the year in excess of 12,000.
The Mazda6 was designed to offer a fun drive, giving back to the driver the pure pleasure of driving that is perhaps lost in many other family cars, and to offer some of the sporty heritage from the Mazda MX-5.
In its 13 years the Mazda MX-5 has itself racked up an impressive amount of awards from around the world and it certainly seems that the Mazda6 is following firmly in the Mazda MX-5's footsteps both in the accolades from the media and in delivering the pure fun of driving this great driver's car.Published 13 May 2003