The Mazda6 has been judged the outstanding car of 2016 by the Australian Automobile Association in its annual Australia’s Best Car awards.
The Touring took out the coveted Judge’s Choice title – as the most complete vehicle launched over the last 12 months – as well as best Medium Car under $50,000.
Australia’s Best Cars is run by the nation’s peak motoring organisation – the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) – on behalf of the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RACWA, RACT and the AANT.
Judges evaluate vehicles across a range of categories and the awards are designed to assist new car buyers with their choices and to set the standard for new vehicles on the market.
Considering a vehicle’s value for money, design and function and on the road performance, the Mazda6 Touring proved to be top choice for judges.
“Earning the ‘Judge’s Choice’ is based on getting every part of the equation right, this being value for money, its design and how it drives on the road. Based on this, what Mazda has got with the Mazda6 is one very good car,” said Australia’s Best Cars chief judge Mark Borlace.
Mazda also picked up the award for best Small 2WD SUV under $35,000 with the Mazda CX-3 Maxx variant.
“Having the Mazda6 and the Mazda CX-3 recognised as Australia’s Best Cars, particularly Judge’s Choice, is fantastic,” said Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders.
“The nation’s car clubs represent the majority of private buyers, and the judges know exactly what these people are looking for in a car.
“Mazda makes cars that people want to buy for their own use and we match our product to these buyers, so awards of this nature tells me we are hitting the mark with our customers.
“We sincerely thank everyone for placing their trust in Mazda and to Australia’s Best Cars for these wonderful accolades.”
AUSTRALIA’S BEST CARS 2016 – CATEGORY WINNERS
Micro: Kia Picanto Si
Light: Suzuki Baleno GL
Small under $35k: Kia Cerato S
Small above $35k: BMW 125i Sport Line
Medium under $50k: Mazda6 Touring
Medium above $50k: BMW 330i Luxury Line
Large under $70k: Hyundai Genesis
Family Wagon: Kia Carnival Sli
Sport under $50k: Ford Focus ST
Sports $50k-$100k: BMW M240i Sport Line
Small 2WD SUV under $35k: Mazda CX-3 MAXX
AWD SUV under $50k: Subaru Outback 2.5i Premium
AWD SUV $50k-$65k: Land Rover Discovery Sport TD4 150 SE
AWD SUV $65k-$125k: Mercedes-Benz GLC 250d
4×4 Dual Cab Utes: Ford Ranger XLT 3.2