The Mazda2, which clinched the South African Car of the Year award for 2008, is another feather in the cap for this small hatchback. It has won numerous automotive awards globally since its launch in 2007.
Hal Feder, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, with the Car of the Year award, after the Mazda2 came out tops in this competition.
"To say we are delighted is an understatement," said Hal Feder, President and CEO of Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa.
"The Mazda2 has been extremely well received by both consumers and journalists. Since launch, over 4 000 satisfied customers in South Africa are enjoying the thrill of driving a Mazda2.
"Competition was tough amongst this year's nine finalists, so we are very proud to see Mazda take this award for the first time ever in South Africa."
Mazda was the only manufacturer to feature two finalists in this year's competition with the Mazda5 2.0 Active nominated alongside the Mazda2 1.5 Individual.
Mazda may have further reason to celebrate later in the week.
Having won a number of Car of the Year awards around the world, the Mazda2 is also one of three cars named as a finalist in the 2008 World Car of the Year competition with the ultimate winner due to be announced on 20 March.
The Mazda2 also stands in line to win the 2008 World Car Design of the Year.