The Mazda2 has been voted the 2008 World Car of the Year (WCOTY).
From an initial entry list of 39 new vehicles from all over the world, the 2008 WCOTY title was announced on 20 March 2008 at the New York International Auto Show. The Mazda2 edged out the Ford Mondeo and Mercedes-Benz C-Class to take the overall award.
Based on the recommendations of a design panel consisting of 4 highly respected world design experts, the Mazda2 was also voted by the jurors onto the short-list of top 3 design finalists, together with the Audi R8 and Volvo C30.
Since it first went on sale in 2003, the Mazda2 has enjoyed widespread popularity due to its convenient size and superb storage and functionality. The second generation all-new Mazda2 was introduced in Japan in July 2007, and soon gained popularity thanks to its fun-to-drive attributes and the emphasis Mazda placed on the new generation’s modern attitudes with stylish exterior design complemented by low running costs and excellent fuel economy, achieved by reducing the vehicle’s weight by approximately 100kg.
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