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The Mazda MX-5 has been crowned 2016 World Car of the Year at the ongoing New York auto show. The ND MX-5 prevailed after edging out the B9 Audi A4 and the Mercedes-Benz GLC, the podium finishers. Before that was an initial entry of 23 cars from across the world, before it was whittled down to a top 10.

The fourth-gen MX-5, which we also love, joins a previous winners list that includes the W205 Mercedes-Benz C-Class (2015), Audi A3 (2014), Volkswagen Golf (2013), Volkswagen Up! (2012), Nissan Leaf (2011), Volkswagen Polo (2010), VW Golf (2009), Mazda 2 (2008), Lexus LS460 (2007), BMW 3-Series (2006) and the Audi A6 (2005).

The roadster, now with an RF hard-top targa version, also scooped the World Car Design of the Year award, beating sibling Mazda CX-3 and the Jaguar XE. The luxury car sub-award saw the G11 BMW 7 Series chosen over the Audi Q7 and Volvo XC90 big SUVs. In the green section, the 73 auto journalist strong jury picked a the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai over two hybrids, the new Prius and second-gen Chevrolet Volt.

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The World Performance Car Award went to the new Audi R8 Coupe, which crossed the line before the Honda Civic Type R and Mercedes-AMG C63 Coupe.

“As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it is as young, vibrant, fun and relevant as ever. While I accept this award on behalf of the company, I do so representing every Mazda employee, retail partner and customer around the world who has ever felt the joy of driving a pure roadster. We say ‘Driving Matters’ in our ads, and we prove it in our cars,” said Masahiro Moro, president and CEO of Mazda North American Operations.

We’ve driven the top three cars WCOTY selected for 2016, and each does what it does best in its class (to this writer at least, not all colleagues agree). Read our review of the ND Mazda MX-5, coming soon B9 Audi A4 sedan and Mercedes-Benz GLC.

GALLERY: ND Mazda MX-5 2.0L

GALLERY: B9 Audi A4 2.0 TFSI

GALLERY: Mercedes-Benz GLC 250