Published: 18 Mar 2016

‘UK Car of the Year’ takes centre stage at Jennings Mazda

The team at Jennings Mazda, part of the multi-award winning Jennings Motor Group, is celebrating a triple win for the brand in the 2016 ‘UK Car of the Year’ Awards - the all-new Mazda MX-5 was named overall ‘Car of the Year’, whilst also scooping the ‘Open Top Car of the Year’ accolade, in addition to the all-new Mazda2 securing the ‘Supermini of the Year’ title.

Judged by 27 of the UK’s leading automotive journalists, the ‘UK Car of the Year’ Awards set out to find the best new cars in the country.

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Commenting on Mazda’s success, James Chorlton, franchise manager at the Jennings Mazda dealership in Middlesbrough, said; “I’m delighted that the all-new Mazda MX-5 has been picked as the UK’s best new car.  The latest generation of the world’s best-selling sportscar, is great fun to drive, super stylish and packed with the latest technologies.  I’d encourage anyone in Middlesbrough to come to our Cargo Fleet Lane dealership to try if for themselves.”

Taking the overall ‘Car of the Year’ title, the all-new Mazda MX-5 has added to its impressive awards tally, which includes 2016 What Car? Awards ‘Best Convertible’, 2015 Auto Express Awards ‘Best Roadster’ and 2015 Scottish Car of the Year ‘Best Drop Top’.

Commenting on the MX-5, UK ‘Car of the Year’ judge, John Challen, said; “With the latest MX-5, Mazda has created the perfect roadster.  A lightweight engaging, simplistic and even practical vehicle, which is an absolute pleasure to drive.”

Fellow judge Matt Joy added; “27 years on and still no-one has come close to rivalling what is seemingly a straight forward recipe.  Light, compact and simple, driving the MX-5 makes you wonder why anyone would consider anything else.  All sports cars should drive like this.”


Customers looking to purchase a Mazda MX-5, are being given the opportunity to take advantage of a limited edition model.  On sale from the 1st March 2016, the Mazda MX-5 Sport Recaro, which is limited to just 600 cars, is based on the 2.0-litre 160ps Sport Nav.

Staff at the Middlesbrough dealership are also celebrating the news that the ‘Best Supermini’ category was won by the all-new Mazda2. A significant achievement in the UK’s biggest-selling automotive sector, the all-new Mazda2 was praised for its fun to drive character, plus its ability to keep running costs down.

Launched last year, the all-new Mazda2 combines Mazda’s lightweight, fuel saving SKYACTIV Technology with its eye-catching design to bring customers new levels of sophistication, safety and driving pleasure.  Having already been crowned 2015 ‘Car of the Year’ by Car Dealer Magazine, the UK Car of the Year ‘Best Supermini’ Award adds to its growing prize count.

Customers who purchase a brand new motor at Jennings Mazda, can also take advantage of a range of after sales facilities, with a service, MOT, accident repair centre and parts department on site.

For more information about the range of products and services available at Jennings Mazda, customers can call in to the Cargo Fleet Lane dealership, contact 0333 414 9750.

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