Hyundai and Mazda Win at 2016 NIIB Northern Ireland Car of the Year Awards​

Hyundai i20 awarded Best​ Car Overall, Mazda2 awarded best Supermini & Mazda6 Tourer wins best Executive Car Title

Members of the Ulster Motoring Writers’ Association decided upon the worthy winners after careful consideration of all makes and models available in the marketplace. Everything from price to looks and specification to performance were considered when deciding upon the worthy winners at the awards at Cultra Manor, part of the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum..

Saltmarine Cars are delighted that two of the brands which we are main franchise dealers for, have been awarded and recognised locally in Northern Ireland. It says a lot when we can stand by our products and show that they have come out on top, based on expert opinions.

Hyundai i20

Hyundai i20 - Northern Ireland Car of the year 2016

The ultra-stylish supermini was praised by Jim McCauley, Chairman of the UMWA: “The Hyundai i20 has immediate appeal in terms of its sophisticated styling and high quality interior. And the admiration continues as you take to the road with its stable and secure handling and an excellent choice of engines. The final surprise is its competitive pricing for what is overall a quality package that represents excellent value for money, and is underwritten by a 5 Year unlimited mileage warranty.”

Mazda2 Scoops Best Supermini and Mazda6 Tourer Best Executive Car

Recognising the all-round appeal of the all-new Mazda2, leading Northern Irish motoring writer Jim McCauley commented, “The Mazda2 triumphed in the hotly contested Supermini category by providing increased passenger accommodation, and in the case of the featured car, its delightfully willing 90PS petrol engine”.

The judging panel also handed the coveted Best Executive Car title to the Mazda6 Tourer, “fighting off stiff competition from the prestige German marques, the Mazda6 was lauded as an exceptionally fine driving car with a powerful yet economical diesel engine, well balanced suspension and excellent steering response. Overall styling, load carrying capacity and quality finish clinched the decision,” commented the judges.

Across the 28-strong Saloon and Tourer range, the Mazda6 features improved standard equipment and refreshed styling. Upgraded cabin design and enhanced refinement ensure it continues to be a popular choice for business and private buyers, while flagship Sport Nav models are now distinguished by new exterior features including a re-styled grille with a signature wing design that incorporates LED headlights.