“That the CX-5 has retained its title as the Best SUV under $40,000 against a wave of new competitors is further testament to the overall strength of Mazda’s line-up. While the BT-50 was unopposed in the Best Ute category in 2014, it still remains a class-leading workhorse.”

Mazda was thrilled to accept these highly respected awards.

“Mazda’s four brand pillars are evident in every new generation passenger vehicle we develop, including SKYACTIV Technology, KODO design, our state of the art in-vehicle connectivity system MZD Connect, and our advanced i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies; awards like this recognise our vision and the path we are taking with our all new range of Mazda cars and SUVs,” said Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders.

“It’s extremely satisfying to see All-New Mazda2 receiving recognition as best in its class so soon after arriving in Australia and then to have it and Mazda3 in contention for the top award, both in their first year on sale.

“I’m also very proud of CX-5 – the nation’s best-selling SUV – and Mazda BT-50, our commercial vehicle option; to have both judged by Drive’s expert panel of automotive media as the best, three years in a row, says a lot about the quality and leading technology these vehicles have.”