Another set of awards has been given, and this time Mazda 2 took the top honors. The award, 2008 World Car of the Year was awarded at the 2008 New York Auto Show. Mazda 2 edged out Mercedes C-Class and the Ford Mondeo to win the citation. The award was chosen based on the reviews and the opinions of 47 international auto journalists. Before Mazda got the nod, the past three years saw the Lexus LS460, the BMW 3-Series and the Audi A6 as the winners of the prestigious award.
Now getting this award is no joke. In fact just to get into the shortlist to be considered by the jury, the cars in question need to qualify based on certain merits and factors. In order for a vehicle to qualify, the vehicle should be available in at least two continents. In the end, the Mazda 2 qualified for the award and even managed to upset some of the best names in the industry.
Aside from this award, the auto show also features two major awards. The World Performance Car of the Year went to Audi R8 which incidentally also won the World Design Award. The BMW 118d with Efficient Dynamics won the 2008 World Green Car.
The new Mazda is packaged as a supermini and is geared for the small car market. The car features a 1.5 liter 4 cylinder and 102 bhp. The Mazda 2 can go from 0 to 60 miles in about 10.00 seconds and its top speed cna reach up to 117 miles per hour. Some of the standard equipments that go with every Mazda 2 inlcude the stability control, alloys, cruise control, air conditioning, multi-function steering wheel, mp3 socket, electric rear windows and the remote central locking.
Aside from these standard features, the Mazda 2 also scored big on safety crash ratings. The European New car Assessment Programme or the Euro NCAP has awarded the supermini of Mazda with five stars for adult occupant protection. Though the car is lightweight, its strong body compensated for this whcih uses high and ultra high tensile steels. This car scored 34 points for adult protection and got the highest posisible score- five stars. Aside from giving that much needed protection for adults, children are also the focus of Mazda. The car scored 37 points for child occupant protection. Pedestrian safety for the Mazda 2 is a bit down, getting 18 points for a respectable two-star rating.
Thanks to these features and standards that comes complete with every Mazda 2, it is safe to say that rge new Mazda 2 is one of the lightest, the most fuel efficient, the most good-looking and one of the safer cars in the market right now.
By the way, this Mazda 2 as far as I know is still not available in the US market, but plans are underway to introduce this car the soonest possible time.