The new Mazda 3 has now won two awards in a week. The car has been named as the 2019 Thailand Car of the Year by the Thai Automotive Journalists Association, having also bagged the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year award last week.

The Mazda 3 finished ahead of six other finalists, the judging panel – comprised of over 60 automotive journalists – picking it over the BMW X3, Honda Accord, MG HS, Subaru Forester, Toyota Camry and Toyota Corolla Altis.

The Thailand COTY, which is run by the Thai Automotive Journalists Association, is now its fifth year. Judges comprise car journalists from various media outlets in Thailand with at least three years of testing experience.

In terms of eligibility, all participating cars had to be all-new models assembled in ASEAN and launched in the Thai market from October 1, 2018 to September 31, 2019. The winner last year was the Toyota CH-R. It’s the second time a Mazda has won Thailand COTY title, the automaker having won in 2016 with the Mazda CX-3.

The new Mazda 3 was launched in Malaysia in July, and is available in three variants (1.5, 2.0 High and 2.0 High Plus) and two body styles (sedan and hatchback) locally.