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Mazda2 voted World Car of the Year

The Mazda2 was declared the World Car of the Year for 2008 this week at the New York International Auto Show. It was a finalist with the Ford Mondeo and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

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The Mazda2 was declared the World Car of the Year for 2008 this week at the New York International Auto Show. It was a finalist with the Ford Mondeo and Mercedes-Benz C-Class.

The Mazda2, which was introduced last year at the Geneva Motor Show, debuted in Europe, Asia and other markets. It was chosen from an initial list of 39 entries, nominated and voted on by 47 journalist jurors from 24 countries.

The jurors said that reviews for this Mazda from around the world have been almost universally “thumbs up.” Consumers will be drawn to it, they say, because of its appealing looks and high levels of standard equipment for the price.

While the subcompact is not currently sold in North America, Mazda is said to be seriously considering that possibility.

The Ford Fiesta, which will go on sale here next year, will be based on the Mazda’s platform.

Wheels contributor Gerry Malloy

is a World Car juror and co-chair of

the World Car Steering Committee.

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