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Design awards and honours

Mazda vehicles embody the design priciples of Stylish, Insightful and Spirited to provide the ultimate driving experience. Over the years, this has resulted in numerous design/car awards and honours. Here are some of the highlights.

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Mazda RX-8
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Mazda RX-8 Total awards: 37
YearCountry/RegionAwardFrom
2005U.K.Best Sporting CarFleet Magazine
2005U.K.Car of the Year 2005 (Best Coupe)What Car ?
2004AustraliaCar Of The Year 2003Wheels Magazine
2004HungaryPlayboy Car of the Year 2004Playboy
2004IcelandCar of the year 2004: Sports car categoryUnion of car journalists in Iceland
2004JapanGolden Clay Trophy - Japan Car Design AwardCar Styling
2004New ZealandCar of the YearDriver Magazine
2004SingaporeCar of the Year 2004/2005 Coupe of the YearWheels Asia
2004SingaporeCar of the Year 2004/2005 Grand WinnerWheels Asia
2004U.K.Coupe Car of the YearBBC Top Gear
2004U.K.Car of the Year 2004 (Best Coupe)What Car ?
2004U.S.A.All Star, Best CoupeAutomobile Magazine
2004U.S.A.Best Sports CarCNN money
2003AustraliaBest Sports Car under $57,000 (Australia's Best Cars Awards)Australia's Best Cars Awards
2003AustraliaQueensland Car Of The Year awardThe Courier-Mail
2003CanadaBest New Sports/Performance Vehicle (Canadian Car of the Year Award)Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2003JapanCar of The YearCar Top
2003JapanJapan Automobile Hall of Fame: 2004 Most Excellent Developer AwardCommittee of Japan Automobile Hall of Fame (JAHFA)

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Mazda MX-5
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Mazda MX-5 Total awards: 19
YearCountry/RegionAwardFrom
2005AustraliaCar of the YearWheels Magazine
2005New ZealandCar of the YearNew Zealand Motoring Writers' Guild
2005JapanCar of the YearJapan Car of The Year Executive Committee
1996AustraliaTop Ten CarsWheels Magazine
1995AustraliaTop Ten CarsWheels Magazine
1994AustraliaTop Ten CarsWheels Magazine
1993AustraliaTop Ten CarsWheels Magazine
1992AustraliaTop Ten CarsWheels Magazine
1992AustraliaBest Sports CarRACV
1991AustraliaTop Ten CarsWheels Magazine
1991AustraliaBest Sports Car under $45,000NRMA
1990AustraliaTop Ten CarsWheels Magazine
1990AustraliaBest Sports CarNRMA
1989/90AustraliaBest Sports CarMotor
1989/90AustraliaBest CarMotor
1989AustraliaBest Sports CarCar Australia
1989AustraliaCar of AustraliaCar Australia
1989AustraliaCar of the YearWheels Magazine
1989AustraliaTop Ten CarsWheels Magazine

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Mazda6
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Mazda6 Total awards: 105
YearCountry/RegionAwardFrom
2005AustraliaWinner of Wheels Active Safety ProgramWheels Magazine
2005DenmarkBest Company CarBil Magasinet
2005U.K.Car of the Year 2005 (Best Estate Car)What Car ?
2005U.S.A.Best WagonCargo Magazine
2004Australia2004 Top Ten Cars, Best Medium CarThe Age, Melbourne
2004Australia2003 Car Of The Year: Medium Car SegmentCar sales.com
2004CanadaCanadian Car of the Year Award: "Best New Station Wagon"Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2004CanadaCanadian Car of the Year Award: "Best New Family Car"Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2004DenmarkBest Company CarBil Magasinet
2004Hong KongBest Wagon 2004Mr. Car Magazine & Metro Finance Radio
2004Hong KongBest Sports WagonMr. Car Magazine & Metro Finance Radio
2004IsraelExecutive's Car Of The Year 2005Yedihot Achronot
2004Israel2004 Car of the YearYedihot Achronot
2004Israel2004 Executives Car of the YearYedihot Achronot
2004U.K.Car of the Year 2004 (Best Estate Car)What Car?
2004U.S.A.Best Family CarCNN money
2004VenezuelaCar of the Year 2005Foundation for the Development of the Automotive media (Fundauto)
2003AustraliaAustralia's Best Car Awards: Best Mid-Size Car Over $25,000Australia's Best Cars Awards
2003ChinaCar of the Year 2004: "Best Design"Car of the Year in China
2003ChinaCar of the Year for 2004 in ChinaAuto Club Motor Trend Magazine
2003FinlandCar of the Year 2003 (Journalists' Choice)Tuulilasi Magazine
2003MacedoniaCar of the Year 2002Macedonian Journalist Organization
2003New ZealandNew Zealand Car of the YearNew Zealand Motoring Writers Guild
2003New ZealandCar of the YearDriver Magazine
2003SloveniaSlovenian Car of the YearNational Journalists Assosiation
2003U.K.Car of the Year 2003 (Best Estate Car)What Car ?
2003U.K.Fleet News Award 2003 (Best Upper Medium Car)Fleet News Magazine
2002New ZealandCar of the Year; National Business ReviewNational Business Review (Weekly)
2002ScotlandNew Car of the YearAssociation of Scotish Motoring Writers
2002SingaporeBest Medium Family Sedan / HatchbackThe Straits Times
2002SwedenFamily Car of the YearMotor Furanrin

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Mazda3
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Mazda3 Total awards: 56
YearCountry/RegionAwardFrom
2005AustraliaWinner of hatchback comparisonThe Age, Melbourne
2005AustraliaWinner of hatchback comparisonSydney Morning Herald
2005New ZealandSmall Car of the YearDriver Magazine
2005U.S.A.2005 Top 10 Coolest Cars Selling Under $18,000Kelley Blue Book's kbb.com
2005U.S.A.Best Cars for Families, Best Economy CarParents Magazine
2005U.S.A.Best Economy CarMoney Magazine
2004Australia2003 Top Ten Cars, Best Small CarSydney Morning Herald
2004Australia2004 Top Ten Cars, Best Small CarThe Age, Melbourne
2004Australia2004 Queensland Compact Car Of The YearThe Courier-Mail
2004Australia2004 Best Small CarSydney Morning Herald
2004Australia2004 Best Small CarThe Age, Melbourne
2004AustraliaBest Small CarWheels Magazine
2004Canada2004 Canadian Car of the YearAutomobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2004Hong KongCar of the Year 2004Automobile Magazine Hong Kong
2004HungaryCar of the Year 2004: Middle size categoryAutomagazine
2004IsraelCar Of The Year 2005Yedihot Achronot
2004MacedoniaCar of 2004 in MacedoniaMacedonian Journalist Organization
2004Serbia-MontenegroCar of the Year in Serbia-Montenegro 2004Automobile Godine 2004
2004SloveniaCar of the Year in Slovenia 2004National Journalists Assosiation
2004SpainCar of the Year (Audiences' Choice)Radio Voz Galicia
2004U.S.A.2004 America's Best economy carAuto Week
2004U.S.A.Consumers' Most Wanted Vehicles 2004:Wagon Under $25,000Edmunds.com
2004U.S.A.Consumers' Most Wanted Vehicles 2004:Sedan Under $15,000Edmunds.com
2004U.S.A.2004 Driver's Choice Awards, Best Small CarMotor Week
2004U.S.A.AAA Auto Guide award winner: "under $15,000" categoryAAA (American Automobile Association)
2003CanadaCanadian Car of the Year Award 'Best New Economy Car'Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2003CanadaCanadian Car of the Year Award 'Best New Sports Coupe or Sedan less than $35,000'Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC)
2003CroatiaCar of the Year 2004Jury of experts
2003Czech RepublicCar of the Year 2004 in Czech RepublicAssociation of the automotive journalists
2003DenmarkCar of the year in Denmark 2004MKD (Association of motoring journalists)
2003JapanRJC Car of the Year 2004: Best 6The Automotive Researchers' & Journalists' conference of Japan (RJC)
2003TurkeyCar of the Year in TurkeyHurriyet Newspaper

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Mazda2
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Mazda2 Total awards: 16
YearCountry/RegionAwardFrom
2004Australia2004 Top Ten Cars, Best Light CarThe Age, Melbourne
2004AustraliaBest Light CarNews Ltd.
2003AustraliaTop Ten Cars of 2003: Best Light CarSydney Morning Herald
2003AustraliaTop Ten Cars of 2003: Best Light CarThe Age, Melbourne
2003JapanSmall Car of the YearENGINE
2002AustraliaTop Ten Cars of 2003, Best Budget CarThe Australian
2002AustraliaTop Ten Cars of 2003, Best Light CarSydney Morning Herald
2002AustraliaTop Ten Cars of 2003, Best Light CarThe Age, Melbourne
2002Japan2002-2003 Japan Mycar Best Choice Award (Compact Mini-van Class Award)Gekkan Kuruma Erabi
2002Japan2002-2003 Japan Mycar Best Choice Award (Grand Champion Car)Gekkan Kuruma Erabi

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