The First-Ever Mazda CX-3 is the country’s stand out car and was deemed to make the biggest contribution to the Australian automotive market, according to the Australian Automobile Association.

At the 2015 Australia’s Best Cars awards ceremony, First-Ever Mazda CX-3 received the ‘Judge’s Choice’ award – as Australia’s Best Car – and was also recognised as the nation’s ‘Best 2WD SUV under $35,000’.

Australia’s Best Cars is run by the nation’s peak motoring organisation – the Australian Automobile Association (AAA) – on behalf of the NRMA, RACV, RACQ, RAA, RACWA, RACT and the AANT.

Judges evaluate vehicles across a range of categories and it is designed to assist new car buyers with their choices and to set the standard for new vehicles on the market.

Based on value for money, design and function and on the road performance, the Mazda CX-3 was a clear winner in the ‘Best 2WD SUV under $35,000’ category and stood out ahead of every other car released over the last 12 months in winning the ‘Judges’ Choice’.

“The popular CX-3, which starts from $19,990 (plus on roads) in entry level form, is the sort of vehicle of which Australians just couldn’t get enough,” said NRMA’s chief road tester Jaedene Hudson.

“Compact cars that have the elevated stance of an SUV are the emerging popular type and the CX-3 sets the standard.”

Launched in Australia last March, the First-Ever Mazda CX-3 has taken the popular small SUV sales segment by storm, becoming the top-selling car of its type since launch.

Available in four grades, including the Neo, Maxx, sTouring and the range-topping Akari, the First-Ever Mazda CX-3 has petrol and diesel options and comes in FWD and AWD ensuring there is something to suit every buyer type.

“The First-Ever Mazda CX-3 certainly hits a sweet spot with customers,” Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders said.

“We recognised that there were a few holes in the small SUV market, the Mazda CX-3 with its comprehensive range, dynamic driving performance and stunning looks, fill these.

“Millions of Australians are aligned to car clubs as they are regarded as experts in their field; to receive the recognition that comes with winning these awards is significant. We are delighted to accept these awards.”

First-Ever Mazda CX-3 was also a finalist in Wheels Car of the Year – won by the All-New Mazda MX-5.

The last Mazda to win the Judges Choice award was the Mazda6 in 2013.

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