The all-new Mazda 3 has been named as Thailand Car of the Year 2019 (TCOTY 2019) by the Thailand Automotive Journalist Association.
Scoring a total of 408 points, The Mazda 3 finished well ahead of six other competitors. Coming in second is the Toyota Corolla with 205, followed by the Honda Accord with 204.
Other TCOTY 2019 finalists include the BMW X3, MG HS, Subaru Forester, and the Toyota Camry. For the cars to be eligible for the award, it has to be an all-new model assembled in ASEAN, and launched in Thailand between 1st October 2018 and 30th September 2019.
The Thailand COTY award, now in its fifth year, is organised by the Thailand Automotive Journalist Association. The cars are judged by a panel of over 60 car journalists from various media outlets.
Locally, the Mazda 3 is available in both sedan and hatchback variants. The C-segment will be imported directly from Japan, with prices starting from RM139,620.