The all-new Mazda 3 has been named 2020 China Car of the Year – the first time a Mazda has won the award.
For the 2020 Car of the Year title, 194 models launched in mainland China between Oct. 1, 2018 and Sept. 30, 2019 were eligible.
Scrutinised by 38 judges including some automotive journalists, the all-new Mazda 3 (specifically the Sedan as there are no hatchbacks in China) was chosen among 10 nominees and came up tops ahead of the fully-electric Porsche Taycan and even the all-new G20 BMW 3 Series!
Just yesterday, it was announced that the Mazda 3 took home the same title in Thailand; ahead of the Toyota Corolla and Honda Accord.
Eligibility wise, it’s a little different in Thailand. For the cars to be eligible for the award, aside from the timeline, it also has to be an all-new model assembled in ASEAN.