After winning the 2016 World Car of the Year Award with the MX-5 Miata, Mazda has once again made it onto the shortlist for the 2017 award. The Mazda CX-9, the brand’s full-size CUV, has been nominated alongside 22 other non-luxury cars from brands across the board.
The World Car Awards are a non-profit organization made up of 48 automotive journalists from 22 countries around the world. To be considered a car must be for sale in at least five countries on two different continents.
The World Car of the Year Awards started in 2004, and since then a Mazda vehicle has one three awards. The Mazda2 won World Car of the Year in 2008, and last year the Mazda MX-5 won both World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year. As a World Car of the Year nominee, the CX-9 is also eligible for the Design award.
The winner of the 2017 World Car of the Year, World Performance/Luxury Car Car, World Green Car, World Car Design of the Year, and World Urban Car will be announced at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.
You can find out more about the WCOTY Awards and see the other nominees on their website.