WORLD CAR OF THE YEAR: Mazda's MX-5 roadster is the 2016 World Car of the Year. Image: Newspress
New York - The coveted 2016 World Car of the Year awards took place in the 'Big Apple' earlier in March.
The awards coincided with the 2016 New York International Auto show.
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Unlike the 2016 South African Car of the Year competition, which was won by the Volvo XC90, the World edition is separated into categories.
Below are the winners:
World car of the year: Mazda MX-5
The rear-drive, two-door iconic sports car's win is a victory for driving enthusiasts. The MX-5 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 2.0-litre engine, and cogs are changed via a sweet six-speed manual 'box.
However, the standard limited-slip differential and its rear-wheel drive means driving excitement is dialed up to 11 - most of the time.
World performance car of the year: Audi R8 coupe
The R8 retains its naturally aspirated 5.2-litre V10. Power is a huge 397kW/540Nm. The V10 is also mated to the same seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. Expect the new R8 to arrive locally later in 2016.
World design car of the year: Mazda MX-5
World luxury car of the year: BMW 7-Series - We drove the 7-Series in January and were enthralled by the luxury. However, we'd need to drive the long-wheel base version to use the technology punted by the Bavarians.
World green carof the year: Toyota Mirai