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The Mazda MX-5 has been named as the winner of the UK Car of the Year Awards.

Announced on the same day as the much longer established European Car of the Year Awards, the UK event placed the roadster ahead of the Volvo XC90 SUV, with the Skoda Superb Estate taking third.

Both the European and UK awards are voted for by panels of motoring journalists and demonstrated the appeal of the Mazda to UK audiences. In the European awards the MX-5 was placed only third to the winning Vauxhall Astra and the Volvo, but the British jury of the Euro CoTY had the Mazda as a clear winner.

The UK awards were established in 2014 by Cox Automotive, a leading global automotive services business with 2,000 employees in the UK alone. The 27 journalists on the awards panel each chose a winner in 12 vehicle categories, before deciding the overall car of the year from their favourites in each class.

The awards process included for the first time in 2016 a media driving day featuring all of the category winners, hosted by Cox Automotive at its Manheim Bruntingthorpe auction centre in January.

The full list of category winners were:
Best City Carsmart Forfour
Best SuperminiMazda2
Best Small HatchVauxhall Astra
Best Family CarSkoda Superb
Best Executive CarJaguar XE
Best Luxury CarBMW 7 Series
Best Estate CarŠkoda Superb Estate
Best MPVFord S-Max
Best SUVVolvo XC90
Best CoupeFord Mustang
Best Open Top CarMazda MX-5
Best Performance CarMcLaren 570S

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.