The iconic Mazda MX-5, which is the world’s best-selling two-seater sportscar, added another award to its trophy tally yesterday – Most Popular Roadster – when the winners of the ‘honestjohn.co.uk Awards 2013’ were revealed at a special ceremony in London.
The awards acknowledge and reward those cars with reviews that generate the most interest from site visitors and which users search for most on the Honest John website – which receives 1.5 million visits every month. This year there were 14 award categories, plus awards for Best Real MPG, Most Rated Car and Car of the Year.
To win the Most Popular Roadster category, the Mazda MX-5 beat off four premium rivals (Audi TT, BMW Z4, Mercedes SLK and Porsche Boxster), to triumph in this new-for-2013 category.
Dan Harrison, editor of honestjohn.co.uk, said: “We may rarely see the sun in the UK, in fact we’re more likely to see snow judging by recent months, yet convertibles and roadsters remain very popular and that’s reflected in what our users are viewing.”
“It may not be the newest two-seater open-top car on the market but the Mazda MX-5 remains the most fun to drive and it’s very affordable. Our users clearly think so too. It proves that a good quality soft-top needn’t cost the earth,” concluded Harrison.
Welcoming another award for the Mazda MX-5, Jeremy Thomson, Managing Director, Mazda UK, commented: “Our Mazda MX-5 is enjoying a long-term love affair with the British public and its popularity is undiminished, even after 24 years of production and almost one million sales worldwide. The upgraded 2013 models and the recently introduced Venture Edition cars make the beautifully balanced, front engine rear-wheel drive, MX-5 sportscar even more desirable.”
This summer, Motorists in the UK have the chance to win a Mazda MX-5 for four months in Mazda’s new ‘fun-in-the-sun’ competition. To enter, drivers should visit the competition’s website (www.mazda.co.uk/funinthesun) for details of how to book a Mazda MX-5 test-drive at their local Mazda dealer where they will be entered in the free prize draw. Entries close on 31 May.
Until the end of June 2013, it is possible to drive away a brand new Mazda MX-5 for just £255 per month, thanks to a great combination of deals Mazda is offering across its MX-5 model line-up. Depending on model, customers can benefit from zero deposit, a choice of 0% APR* or 5.9% APR** finance, a loyalty bonus of £500, for current Mazda owners (with no requirement to part-exchange their existing vehicle) and an additional ‘customer saving’ of £750.
Customers buying their new car with a Mazda PCP and 0% APR finance can also enjoy low-cost monthly payments (from just £255), plus a generous deposit contribution from Mazda of £2,131 (regular models) and £1,155 (Venture Edition models).
*0% APR finance requires 50% deposit (with Conditional Sale over 3 years) and comes with zero deposit on a Mazda PCP (over 42 months). Example shown: Mazda MX-5 1.8i SE Air Con, £255 per month with an Optional Final Payment of £4,964 is based on 9,000 miles per annum over 42 months on Mazda Personal Contract Purchase and includes dealer contribution. At the end of the agreement there are 3 options: (i) Renew: Part exchange the vehicle, where equity is available, (ii) Retain: Pay the Optional Final Payment to own the vehicle or (iii) Return the vehicle. Further charges may be made subject to the condition of the vehicle. **5.9% APR finance comes with zero deposit (with Conditional Sale over 5 years). Available on all new Mazda MX-5 models.
Retail sales only, subject to availability at participating dealers only on vehicles registered before 30 June 2013. Terms and conditions apply. Details correct at time of going to print. Not available in conjunction with any other offer unless specified. Finance subject to status. Applicants must be 18 or over. Guarantees/Indemnities may be required. Mazda Financial Services RH1 1SR.