The Association of Scottish Motoring Writers (ASMW) has named the Mazda6 ‘Best Family Car’ in its Scottish Car of the Year Awards 2008, commenting that, ‘Rarely has a car ticked all the right boxes when it comes to quality, refinement, and reliability. Mazda has more than met the ambitions of many motorists’.Now in its 11th year, the Scottish Car of the Year is judged by members of the ASMW and more than 50 new models, launched during the past 12 months, were in contention for a 2008 accolade, awarded across eight categories.
“The family car sector has come on leaps and bounds in recent years,” commented Bill Caven, President of the Association of Scottish Motoring Writers. “The quality of the vehicles available has risen dramatically as the manufacturers strive to offer something special. All of which is good news for those families seeking a solid all‑round transporter.
“Mazda has more than met the ambitions of many motorists following the introduction of its all-new Mazda6.”
Mazda6 impressed the ASMW judges, with the panel selecting it above family car rivals Honda Accord, Mitsubishi Lancer, Citroën C5, Kia pro’ceed, Ford Focus, Dodge Avenger and Peugeot 308. Bill Caven added: “Not only does the Mazda6 look rather spectacular, but it also performs to the same high standard of cars costing considerably more.”
Mazda UK managing director Jeremy Thomson added: “We are truly delighted that the Mazda6 has been named Scottish Car of the Year’s ‘Best Family Car’. This 2008 award is further confirmation that the all-new Mazda6 continues to attract family buyers thanks to its people and luggage carrying abilities and very competitive CO2 emissions levels, ideal for family motoring needs.
“The new Mazda6 has built upon the original model’s sportiness and design flair while the new bodyshells, which are significantly stiffer as well as lighter, mean that both the hatchback and the estate models deliver even more responsive handling.”
With a comprehensive range of 25 derivatives, including 10 diesels and nine estates, five equipment levels, four engine choices and a broad £7,020 price span, it’s not surprising that the Mazda6 is one of the company’s best-selling models. The Mazda6 is priced from £15,110 (OTR) for the Mazda6 1.8 5dr S model up to £22,130 (OTR) for the 2.0 Estate Sports Luxury model.
Until 31 December 2008, Mazda is offering the new Mazda Service Plan (valid for the first three annual services), free of charge to customers who purchase a Mazda6. Customers can also take advantage of two typical 6.9% APR* finance offers on all models - Hire Purchase with a 20% minimum deposit over three years, or a Mazda MultiOption (PCP) plan also over three years.
Buyers who order a new Mazda6 Sport or SL model can specify a ‘Smart Nav’ (worth £700 as a Mazda accessory) free of charge. These offers are available for retail sales only, until 31 December 2008.