The cheap new Mazda MX5 has one an award in Japn
Despite attracting less than half the points of the cheap new Mazda MX5 the new 3-Series still managed to win the best import award.
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Other winners in the Japanese ceremony were the cheap new Suzuki Swift, which took the title of Most Fun car and the nearly new Honda Civic Hybrid, named Most Technologically Advanced.
Mazda's victory is the firm's first since 1982 and it has taken a number of incarnations before the MX5 finally emerged victorious.
The Japanese gongs coincide with the European Car of the Year award, which went to the cheap new Renault Clio III earlier this week.