The awards season has begun and Mazda has been the big winner, securing more nominations than any other manufacturer with eight Motoring.com.au ‘Recommends’ and six Wheels ‘Gold Star Value’ awards.

For the third successive year motoring.com.au judged the BT-50 as one of the best Tradie Vehicles and a leading Offroad 4x4 option, while Mazda3 and Mazda6 were standouts for the second consecutive year in the hotly contested Family car under $30,000 and Family Car over $30,000 segments.

For the second time in three years Mazda2 was a best First Car and Mazda CX-5 was a top choice for those looking for an SUV under $50,000.

The First-Ever CX-3 was one of the best City Car offerings, while the just-launched All-New Mazda MX-5 was recognised in the Performance car under $100,000 category.

motoring.com.au 'Recommends’ is designed to not only reward excellence but also to be an easily recognised tool to assist buyers with their new car search.

motoring.com.au’s team considers a wide range of attributes in making choices for each of the categories including: performance; refinement; handling; suitability for purpose and value for money. Resale, reliability and factors such as warranty and the availability of fixed-price servicing are also considerations.

“We are thrilled that Mazda has been acknowledged across eight categories in the “motoring recommends” awards for 2015,” said Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders.

“This number of awards is a great acknowledgement of the balance of style, interior refinement, value and cost of ownership that you get when you buy a Mazda.  

“It is a great reward to be recognised by the experienced team at motoring.com.au so comprehensively across the Mazda range.”

This recognition follows on from the announcement that six Mazda models were given ‘Gold Star Value Awards’ from Wheels magazine - one of the car industry’s most respected publications.

Like the ‘Recommends’ awards, Wheel’s ‘Gold Star Value’ are considered based on running costs, depreciation, insurance, fuel economy, service, warranty and purchase price and considers every car in each segment.

Of the six awards – the most of any manufacturer - Mazda2 Neo was the best Light car under $17,000, Mazda 2 Genki took top honours in the best Light car under $25,000 segment, Mazda3 SP25 was voted best Small car under $35,000 and  First-Ever Mazda CX-3 was the nation’s finest Baby SUV.

In addition, New CX-5 scored two wins as best Compact SUV under $45,000 and best Compact SUV under $70,000. Mazda3 Neo, CX-9 Classic and BT-50 XT also made the podium in their respective segments.

“Mazda has an impressive range of cars spanning the most popular segments,” said Wheels editor Glenn Butler.

“Mazda2 is not just the value pick of the light class, but the entire field; the first-ever CX-3 is the coolest looking and most fun to drive sub-compact SUV, while there’s plenty of reasons why CX-5 is the best-selling medium SUV.

“Aussie roads are full of Mazdas, and for good reason. It also shows how switched on Australian car buyers are.”

For more information go to motoring.com.au or wheelsmag.com.au