New Mazda MX-5 Wins Award

The Mazda MX-5 has won an award for Best Roadster 2006 from Test Drive magazine.

Over 1,000 units of the car were sold within the first two months of release in 2005, as Mazda fans rushed to experience the qualities of the cheap new sports car.

Reviewers for Test Drive magazine said: "The Mazda didn?t just win on a value-for-money footing. It won on the twisting, rain-soaked mountain roads. It won on the mile straight of the proving ground. It won on the fast, sweeping corners of the Rockingham racing circuit."

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They added: "The Mazda is quicker than the BMW, its steering is sharper and its six-speed gearbox sweeter. But you don?t need a satellite-linked data recorder to tell you all that. The grin on your face will do just fine."

With a retail price of £18,900, the car offers stiff competition to rivals in the same market and has surprised few as the choice for roadster of the year.