Mazda CX-3 Wins AJAC’s Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year Award
Compact crossover sweeps AJAC’s Utility awards for 2016
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Scot Rasmussen, Regional Manager, Western Region, Mazda Canada, accepting the award from Kevin Corrigan, Chair of the CGCOTY Committee

Richmond Hill, ON (March 23, 2016) — The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) today chose the Mazda CX-3 as its 2016 Canadian Green Utility of the Year. This is the first year of this award for AJAC, and was given in conjunction with the Green Car of the Year award at the Vancouver International Auto Show, ongoing now. This also marks the first time that AJAC has awarded the Canadian Green Utility Vehicle of the Year award to the same vehicle that already won Canadian Utility Vehicle of the Year.

According to AJAC, a green vehicle can be any vehicle which, for its size and purpose, provides the Canadian consumer with environmentally-friendly returns that compare favourably with other vehicles in its class. This award not only considers fuel economy and emissions, but also accounts for other factors such as market significance and impact. With its small footprint and fuel-efficient SKYACTIV-G advanced internal combustion engine, the CX-3 delivers near best-in-class fuel efficiency without using costly or complex hybrid or alternative fuel technology.

“Winning both of AJAC’s available awards for 2016 Utility of the Year is an exceptional accomplishment, and we are very proud of what we’ve achieved with the CX-3,” said David Klan, Senior Director, Sales, Marketing, and Regional Operations at Mazda Canada. “Not only do you get great styling, class-above quality, and a thrilling driving experience, but the real-world fuel efficiency of the CX-3 also makes it a viable green option for Canadian consumers.”

The CX-3 is powered by a 2.0L SKYACTIV-G engine that delivers 146 horsepower and 146 lb-ft of torque. Paired with a standard SKYACTIV-Drive 6-speed automatic transmission, fuel economy for the CX-3 is rated at  8.2 / 6.7 litres per 100 kilometres (L/100km) in front-wheel drive trim, and 8.8 / 7.3 L/100km when equipped with Mazda’s predictive i-ACTIV AWD system.


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