Mazda CX-3 takes 2016 Thailand Car of the Year title

Compact SUV edges out the Honda Civic and BMW X1 after a two-stage scoring event involving 10 finalists.

The Mazda CX-3 has won the 2016 Thailand Car of the Year award, now in its second year and hosted by the Thai Automotive Journalists Association (TAJA).

The Thai-built compact SUV was chosen as the top choice among 10 finalists by regular car-testers from the Thai media with TAJA accreditation.

In second and third places were the Honda Civic and BMW X1 respectively. The other finishers in the winning order were Mercedes-Benz GLC, Mercedes-Benz GLE, BMW 7-series, MG 5, MG GS, Honda BR-V and TR Transformer 2.

The CX-3 is being sold in Thailand with 156hp 2.0-litre petrol engine priced between 835,000 to 1.045 million baht. The 105hp 1.5-litre diesel goes for 1.155 million baht.

The 2015 title went to the Ford Everest SUV, which edged out the Mazda 2 and Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, accordingly.

Criteria for the annual award include Thai assembly and official market launch between 1 October 2015 and 30 September 2016.

More than 50 testers took part in the two-stage scoring event, and they had to base their decisions on various aspects of the vehicles like design, performance, safety, technology, practicality, pricing and eco-friendliness.

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