Mazda MX-5 Miata is elected the World Car of the Year 2016

Drivers of the world, rejoice! A real driver’s car has won the 2016 World Car of the Year award today. The new Mazda MX-5 Miata, also called simply Roadster in Japan, has been widely praised for its driving dynamic characteristics and rightfully considered as the best among them all.

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The MX-5 Miata has recently had a new version added, the MX-5 RF, with a retractable hardtop, also at the New York Auto Show, the same place where the WCOTY award was presented. The MX-5 Miata is 3.92 m long, 1.74 m wide and 1.24 m tall, with a wheelbase of 2.31 m.

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This driving machine is powered by 2 engine options: a 1.5 4 cylinder and a 2.0 4 cylinder, both from the SKYACTIV-G petrol family. The 1.5 produces 96 kW and 150 Nm. The 2.0 produces 114 kW at 6,000 rpm and 201 Nm at 4,600 rpm, mated to 6-speed manual or automatic transmission options.

The Mazda MX-5 Miata has beaten 22 contenders and, in the final round, the Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC. The WCOTY has also named the Audi R8 Coupé as the 2016 World Performance Car, the BMW 7-Series as the 2016 World Luxury Car and the Toyota Mirai as the 2016 World Green Car.

Gustavo Henrique Ruffo

I have been an automotive journalist since 1998 and have worked for many important Brazilian newspapers and magazines, such as the local edition of Car and Driver and Quatro Rodas, Brazilian's biggest car magazine. I have also worked for foreign websites, such as World Car Fans and won a few journalism prizes, among them three SAE Journalism Awards and the 2017 IAM RoadSmart Safety Award. I am the author of "The Traffic Cholesterol", a book about bad drivers that you can buy at Hotmart, Google Play, Amazon and Kobo.