MX5 GETS MORE SIL­VER­WARE

The Witness - Wheels - - MOTORING - — WR.

CAR­RY­ING on the tra­di­tion of its pre­de­ces­sors, the re­cently launched in South Africa, new edi­tion of the all- new Mazda MX- 5 has now col­lected more than 15 prizes from around the world.

Proud win­ner of Ja­pan Car of the Year 2015- 2016 and the Ja­pan Au­to­mo­tive Hall of Fame’s 2015- 2016 Car of the Year; the roadster has been hon­oured with nu­mer­ous ma­jor ac­co­lades glob­ally.

Th­ese in­clude 2016 Wheels Car of the Year for the third time in the model’s his­tory in Aus­tralia, num­ber one con­vert­ible at the Aus­tralia Drive mag­a­zine’s Car of the Year awards, “Best Drop Top” at Scot­tish Car of the Year 2015 and win­ner of the “Red Dot: Best of the Best” prize in Ger­many — which is an award that recog­nises ex­cep­tion­ally ground- break­ing de­signs across many in­dus­tries. More hon­ours come from UK’s

What Car? mag­a­zine, which chose the fourth- gen­er­a­tion MX- 5 as best con­vert­ible over­all in the UK, as well as best con­vert­ible un­der £ 25 000. Mazda’s brand icon also made UK’s Sun

day Times “Top 100 Cars 2016” list, win­ning the two- seater roadster cat­e­gory.

Ranked high­est in the Compact Sporty Car cat­e­gory on the 2015 High­est- Ranked Name­plates and Mod­els list by JD Power; mo­torists have matched the en­thu­si­asm shown by award ju­ries thus far.

Al­most one mil­lion have sold in the 27 years fol­low­ing the launch of the orig­i­nal MX- 5 in 1989. Since then, the leg­endary sports car has cap­tured more than 240 awards around the world. In re­design­ing the model Mazda con­cen­trated on stim­u­lat­ing the sen­sa­tions through which peo­ple en­joy cars.

PHOTO: QUICKPIC

The Mazda MX5 con­tin­ues to win ac­co­lades.

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