The Mazda6 has added yet another accolade to its growing list of awards, winning the What Car? Best Estate Car title in What Car?'s Car of the Year 2003 awards.
During 2002 the Mazda6 was awarded the prestigious Scottish Car of the Year and runner up in the European Car of the Year; the What Car? award is the first of 2003 and is considered one of the most prestigious awards in the automotive industry.
To quote the award narrative, "who said you cannot have a practical estate that also looks a million dollars? The Mazda6 estate is concrete proof that you can." Other strengths identified were a fine chassis, strong and gutsy engine, build quality, the unique 'Karakuri' seat function and residual values.
What Car? specifically identified the 'Karakuri' seat as a major strength as it transforms a roomy family car into a load-hauler in a split second.
In winning the What Car? Best Estate Car, the Mazda6 beat the Audi A4 Avant TDi, the Skoda Fabia TDi and the Volvo V70, all very competent cars in their own right, which highlights the exceptional qualities of the Mazda6 to beat cars of this class.
The Mazda6 was also highly commended in the top three for What Car? Family Car of the Year while the Mazda MX-5 also made the top three for Best Roadster along with the Porsche Boxster and Vauxhall VX220.
"The Mazda6 really is a brilliant car and the awards it is winning just demonstrate that the car is being universally recognised as a class leader," said Rob Lindley, Mazda Motors UK Marketing Director. "To get the recognition of a What Car? award is a real boost for the Mazda6 and we were delighted to receive this prestigious award.
"With a busy year ahead we are hoping for similar success with the Mazda2, Mazda RX-8 and replacement for the 323; the Mazda6 has really set the tone for Mazda and all the cars following will meet the same class leading standards."
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