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Mazda Atenza Wins 23 Awards around the Globe
Mazda Motor Corporation's new mid-size Atenza (known as the Mazda6 in overseas markets) has been honored with a total of twenty three awards in 16 countries and regions around the world since it was launched in May 2002. The global recognition and awards achieved during the first seven months since launch make Atenza one of the most successful new-car in Mazda's 82-year history.
In December 2002, Atenza received nine awards both in its home market and abroad, including the "Japan Car Design Award Golden Marker Trophy (commercial production)" and, in North America, a place among Car and Driver magazine's "2003 10Best." The "Japan Car Design Award Golden Marker Trophy" is a commercial production design award hosted by Car Styling magazine. The Atenza Sport hatchback outclassed a field of 29 new vehicles launched in 2002 to receive the award.
The annual "10Best" is presented by Car and Driver, an influential automotive magazine from North America. Established in 1983, the award is now in its twenty-first year. Each year, nominees include all-new vehicles sold in the United States, those that have been significantly upgraded and the previous year's winners. The 2003 "10Best" list was published in the January edition of the magazine. Forty-one models were nominated as candidates for this year's list. After one week of extensive testing, a V6-powered Mazda6 was chosen as one of the "10Best" cars based on voting by the magazine's editorial team.
Mazda's new Atenza is gaining an excellent reputation worldwide for
its superb handling, functionality and distinctive styling. This is
reflected in healthy sales figures for both the domestic Japanese market
and overseas markets. In Japan, cumulative registrations from the vehicle's
launch on May 20 through Nov. 30 reached 18,725 units. Moreover, cumulative
overseas exports from March through the end of Nov. stand at 75,928
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