Mazda SA was named recipient of two prestigious awards at the 3rd Annual Gumtree Pre-Owned Vehicle Awards event on the 29th October at a gala event in Johannesburg.
The Mazda CX-3 2.0L Individual derivative won in the extremely competitive 'Cross-over under R315K' category for the second consecutive year. The model also proudly took the much sought after People's Choice Award, voted for by the public on www.gumtree.co.za.
The winning CX-3 comes with Mazda's 2.0L 16-valve SKYACTIV petrol engine that goes from 0-100km/h in 9.5-seconds, one of the only vehicles in its category to break the 10-second barrier. The automatic gearbox maximises efficiency and therefore the Mazda returns impressive fuel economy regarding its normally aspirated petrol status, with a figure of just 6.1-litres per 100km. The automatic gearbox also offers a sport mode that alters throttle response and shifting time, while you can always opt to change manually with the paddle shifters situated behind the steering wheel. Overall, the engine is smooth and stays well composed even at higher engine revolutions.
The Mazda CX-3 is designed and built to the highest standard of performance and reliability. This standard is backed up by a 3-year unlimited kilometre service plan. To provide complete peace of mind motoring, a 3-year unlimited factory warranty, a 3-year roadside assistance and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty are also included.
"With an ever-increasing popularity of crossover vehicles and twice as many used cars sold in South Africa than new ones every year, we are proud to have the Mazda CX-3 honoured by the industry and more notably the South African public, in this very important sector." - Comments Ms Daphne Greyling, Head of Sales at Mazda Southern Africa.
The awards focus on 16 key areas, which include; value, lifestyle fit, and performance. These focus areas were decided with the express view of helping the pre-owned customer make an informed decision. The awards recognize vehicles that deliver resale value, quality, durability, overall performance and economy of pre-owned buyer.
The 2019 Gumtree Autos Pre-Owned Awards uniquely acknowledge that reality by giving local pre-owned car buyers an accessible guide for their choices.
The expert panel of judges considered a shortlist of five finalists in each category. The judging criteria included interior quality, standard features, durability, performance, both fuel and maintenance economy, and resale value. Only 2017 models with at least six months of depreciation data were considered.