Mazda3 makes Car of the Year 2014 shortlist

All-New Mazda3 has been chosen as a finalist for the Car of the Year 2014 award, validating Mazda’s unconventional approach to building uncompromising vehicles.

Mazda’s refreshing new compact was nominated together with six other cars from 30 candidates vying for Europe’s oldest and most cherished automotive prize.

Freshly introduced in Europe starting in October, the new Mazda3 was the only Japanese model among the final seven and only one of two non-European cars.

It would be the most prestigious title so far for the latest generation of Mazda’s all-time bestseller, which has already won autoguide.com’s Car of the Year in the U.S.

The new Mazda3 was also a finalist for Green Car of the Year as well as 2014 Canadian Car of the Year: Best New Small Car in two price categories.

In addition, it made the “10 best cars” lists recently at publications like Focus (Germany) and Car and Driver (U.S.).

The latest Mazda3 thereby follows in the footsteps of its predecessors: The first two generations won more than 130 awards around the world, and both have been here before as finalists.

Like its new-generation siblings – the Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6 – Mazda truly challenged convention with the All-New Mazda3.

Hatchback or sedan, it features the complete line-up of ultra-efficient lightweight SKYACTIV Technology underneath its stunningly aerodynamic ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ exterior.