The Mazda2 is the 2008 World Car of the Year. From an initial entry list of 39 new vehicles from all over the world, overall honours went to the Mazda2 (known as the Mazda Demio in Japan). It edged out the Ford Mondeo and Mercedes-Benz C-Class to take the overall award.
Based on the recommendations of a design panel consisting of four highly respected world design experts, the Mazda2 was also voted by the jurors onto the short-list of top three design finalists, together with the Audi R8 and Volvo C30.
A jury of 47 international automotive journalists selected the 2008 winner by secret ballot.
There are no present plans to sell the Mazda2 in Canada but a positive decision could well be in the works.