It’s three titles this month for the Mazda 3, which has now been named China Car of the Year 2020. The latest award joins the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year and Thailand Car of the Year 2019 gongs the fourth-gen has picked up in November.

The 2020 edition of the China COTY saw a total of 194 entries – all models launched in the market between October 1, 2018 and September 30 this year – entering into the fray, with the number of finalists whittled to 10. The car was chosen as the top pick by a panel comprised of 38 judges, the win being announced at an awards ceremony at the Guangzhou Motor Show.

It’s the first time Mazda has won the China COTY. The Mazda 3 entered the Chinese market in August this year, with only the sedan being sold there. It may not be the end to the awards the car might take home – it’s also in contention for the European Car of The Year 2020 award, but that result will only be announced in Geneva next March.

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.