Mazda3 Takes Home World Car Design of the Year Award
Competition is fierce at the World Car Awards. However, the Mazda3 trounced its rivals and drove away with the 2020 World Car Design of the Year award. Here’s a look at what it takes to win this prestigious honor.
An Eye-Catching Car: Check out the 2020 Mazda3
Speeding ahead of the competition
To earn the 2020 World Car Design of the Year award, the Mazda3 had to overcome some intense competition. Other cars nominated for the honor included the Peugeot 208, the Porsche Taycan, Alpine A110S, and even the Mazda3’s own sibling, the new Mazda CX-30. Despite all that, the Mazda3 managed to pull off a win.
Mazda chairman and CEO Masahiro Moro stated that the automaker is honored by the recognition, the Mazda crew isn’t about to break quarantine to throw a party. “While we’re pleased to receive this good news, we remain focused on the health and safety of our employees, dealers, customers, and communities. We look forward to celebrating with our Mazda family in the future,” he stated.
Another win for Mazda’s Kodo design philosophy
The Mazda3 garnered praise for both its hatchback and sedan models, with special acknowledgment going to the way shadows and light play of the undulating curves on its exterior. But the Mazda3 isn’t first of its make to win a World Car Design of the Year award. Back in 2016, the Mazda MX-5 Miata earned the gold medal, triumphing over the Audi A4 and Mercedes-Benz GLC. This win made the Miata the first Japanese car to win the award.
About the World Car of the Year awards
The World Car of the Year Awards began in 2004, started by a group of international automotive journalists from around the world. For the 2020 awards, a panel of 86 journalists from 25 countries judged the contestants based on specific categories, like luxury, performance, and design.
If you’d like to learn more about the award-winning Mazda3, check out our model overview.
Kimiko Kidd is a native Daytonian. She graduated from Wright State University with degrees in environmental science and sociology. She loves her trusty old Honda Civic, but dreams of owning a 1974 Ford Falcon XB with a custom paint job and a vintage Kawasaki Z1000. In her free time, Kimiko can be found watercolor-painting, baking muffins, collecting rocks, playing old-school Nintendo games, writing her novel, sewing stuffed animals, and cosplaying as her favorite Mad Max characters. See more articles by Kimiko.