Mazda MX-5. The 2016 Car of the Year

Mazda MX-5

Mazda MX-5 was recently rewarded as 2016 Car of the Year and 2016 World Car Design of the Year. In addition it is the F2M boss favorite car. Enough to inaugurate the new focus2move section dedicated to Icons.

Boldly going where no other car has gone before is the 2016 Car of the Year – the Mazda MX-5. For the first time in history, one car has taken the honors of both the World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year awards at the International Auto Show in New York. Perhaps it is easy to see why this car is so highly esteemed in the world market. Before the year ends, the Mazda MX-5 (Miata) looks to roll its 1 millionth unit off assembly lines and it’s no wonder. This ever-popular fast boxcar has turned heads since it debuted in 1989. With its latest version, the MX-5 goes back to its roots and remains loyal to its fun-to-drive appeal while managing a stronger and safer body in a lighter shell. Let’s take a closer look at the beauty and brawn tightly packaged in this first place roadster.

Hugging every corner, the Mazda MX-5 remains as light on its feet as ever! Staying true to its classic proportions and body style with an improved fuel economy of 30 combined miles per gallon, makes it easy to see why this 25-year-old roadster can still pack quite a punch. Its 155-horsepower Skyactiv 2.0-liter, direct-injection four-cylinder engine hits the 60mph mark at around six seconds. Adorned with modern specifications for safety and technology upgrades, the MX-5 delivers and although this generation is a bit shorter, it provides a roomier feel for passengers. While the trunk space often gets a bad reputation, it can accommodate a few backpacks or a couple of carry-ons like nobody’s business. And what more is needed for a jaw-dropping iconic roadster?

The body lines tend to take on a curvier design noted in the arcs of the fenders and the tapering to the tail. The light clutch provides ease of driving if you opt for the manual transmission, giving it a smooth sailing in stop-and-go traffic patterns. Weighing less than the competition in its class, the Miata features a redesigned transmission and an interior with a stand-alone centrally located navigation screen for access to all of your infotainment needs. For some, a con is this screen as it may appear to “disrupt the mood” with its central placement on the dashboard, but that seems to be the only con out there. In US, the 2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata starts at $24,915 for the base Sport model.

This best-selling sports car earned its awards by 73 voters from 23 countries across the globe. As the popularity continues, the company has decided to take the 1 millionth Miata straight from the production line in Japan to a museum where it will forever be on display as a roadster icon for the whole world.

With peak buying seasons in the months of July and August, the Mazda MX-5 (or Miata as it is known in the United States) has seen its largest sales in this country. Japan checks in as the second highest selling market for this car which comes as no surprise as it houses the head of the company behind this iconic roadster. In 2000, the sportster took home another honor and this time it was setting a popular world record. The Guinness Book of World Records recognized the Mazda MX-5 as the world’s top-selling sports car. Its popularity and selling prowess has continued to climb as can be seen with its market sales from the previous four years.

Previous totals sold in the United States are recorded as 8,591 sold in 2015; 4,745 in 2014; 5,780 in 2014; and 6,305 in 2012. Since arriving on the scene in 1989, records indicate Mazda has sold 389,000 Miatas in the U.S. alone and a total of 900,000 across the globe. As the best-selling market for this tiny powerhouse, the U.S. has reported 2,409 already sold so far in 2016 from January to March. With such momentum, 2016 looks to be another productive year of sales continuing with the trend of this little number proudly boasting its “Car of the Year” honors.

From a fun-to-drive little ride to today’s epitome of a roadster, Mazda’s MX-5 has stood the test of time. Sporting ground-hugging curves and affordable MSRP stickers, this car remains a favorite among many Americans and several throughout the world. With a Guinness World Record and the unprecedented honor of both World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year, the future looks bright for the MX-5. Taking a sample from the classic renderings of the European compact sports car, Mazda created more than just a new model when they launched their MX-5 aka Miata back in 1989. With an effortless style that appeals to multiple generations, the Mazda MX-5 has become an iconic roaster placing itself in a category of its own. Such a head turning and crowd pleasing automobile that boasts impressive sales numbers spanning 25 years, it’s well deserved that the 2016 Mazda MX-5 is at the top of the pack without a glance in the rearview mirror.

About the author:

Matthew Young is a Boston based freelance writer. As an aspiring automotive journalist looking to make a name for himself in the industry, he is passionate about covering anything on 4 wheels. When Matthew is not busy writing about cars or new emerging tech, he usually spends time fiddling with his camera and learning a thing or two about photography. You can tweet him @mattbeardyoung