Nominees for the prize were announced in April, with aesthetically adventurous rivals like the Citroen C4 Cactus and Kia Sportage throwing down with the MX-5 and more classically styled contenders in the Volvo XC90 and Audi Q7. Kia also entered its new Sorento and Optima models, while Renault tried its luck with the Trafic.
The MX-5 took out overall top honours in the Automotive category, while the XC90, Q7 and C4 Cactus each received a 'Good Design Award' prize. The Optima, Sorento and Sportage all took home 'Good Design Selection' prizes.
Good Design Australia defines the Good Design Award as an indicator of design work that meets and exceeds the judging criteria, while the Good Design Selection title goes to entries that have satisfied the criteria.
For the MX-5, its Best In Category prize places the little roadster above its rivals in the Automotive class, achieving "the highest level of design excellence".
“Mazda’s 'Kodo - Soul of Motion' design language has been praised since launch and it is our goal to continue to deliver a range of quality cars that are appealing to the eye and fun to drive," Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders said.
The new MX-5 has also won the European Red Dot 'Best of the Best' award, the UK Car of the Year award, the Japan Car of the Year, and a Japan Good Design award.