- Mazda6 wins top award for second year at the 2014 Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car awards
- SKYACTIV-equipped model recognised for combination of style, performance and efficiency
- Mazda6 provides a competitive corporate package, boosting appeal for fleet customers
For the second year in a row, Mazda6 has scooped the top award at the annual Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car Awards. The sixth generation Mazda flagship model beat tough competition in the D segment category including; Hyundai i40, Opel Insignia, Peugeot 508, Toyota Avensis and Ford Mondeo.
Not alone was Mazda6 crowned winner in the D segment category but the all-new Mazda3, Mazda6 Tourer and CX-5 were also shortlisted for C segment, Estate and Crossover categories respectively.
Tony Howarth, Mazda Motor Ireland Managing Director, was delighted to collect the award on behalf of the innovative automaker at yesterday’s (12th May 2014) glittering awards presentation at the Carton House Hotel, Maynooth, County Kildare.
Motorcheck.ie is Ireland’s most comprehensive used-car history resource, specialising in vehicle data and intelligence. The panel of nine motoring experts put each of the shortlisted cars through their paces at a two-day review at Carton House. The judges marked the vehicles on a range of criteria, including driving performance and fuel economy, quality feel and finish, equipment levels, residual values and aftersales packages.
Explaining their selection of the sixth generation Mazda6 as segment winner once again, the expert adjudication panel said some of the key factors in crowning the Mazda6 winner once again were its “exciting driveability and dynamic looks together with driver comfort and an ultra-efficient drivetrain”.
Tony Howarth added: “The Mazda6 is the perfect blend of style, driving dynamics and efficiency, three attributes which are of utmost important to fleet buyers and operators. We’re proud even to be shortlisted for the prestigious Motorcheck.ie Fleet Car awards; it underlines the industry’s trust in the quality, reliability and desirability of our products.”
The Mazda6 was also recently awarded ‘Best Family Car’ at the Irish Car of the Year awards 2014, voted for by the Irish Motoring Writers Association (IMWA), as well as being crowned ‘Best large family car’ by CarBuyer.co.uk. Winning this award for a second year in a row was yet another accolade for the flagship Mazda model which has won over 200 awards globally to date.
The Mazda6 2.2D 150PS Executive model is affordably priced from €29,495 (from €365 per month via Mazda Choices Finance package) and offers a high level of specification with 17” alloy wheels, a Multimedia system featuring a 5.8” touch screen display, Bluetooth with voice control, cruise control, fog lights and start/stop functionality to name just some of the features. With CO2 emissions from just 104g/km and combined fuel consumption from 3.9L/100KM (annual road tax from €190), it is also one of the most efficient yet powerful models in its class.