FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 6, 2015) – The 2016
Mazda MX-5 Miata has been selected as the “Star of the Show “ the
2015 Miami International Auto Show , it was announced Friday at
the annual show luncheon hosted by the Southern Automotive Media
Association (SAMA) and sponsored by Cadillac.
A panel of
judges made up of SAMA members
and headed by current Secretary and incoming President Jose “Pepe”
Delfino choose the all-new spunky little roadster from a field of
over 1,000 vehicles from 40 manufacturers.
The show opened Friday at the Miami Beach
Other wining vehicles were the Nissan Murano
as SUV of the Year,
the Volvo XC90 Plug-In Hybrid as the Green
Vehicle of the Show, and Chevrolet Colorado Diesel as Pickup of
The trophy for Best Manufacturer Show
Display went to Hyundai.
The Terry Jackson Memorial Award for service
for the betterment of SAMA and contributions to the South Florida
auto industry went to Al Garcia, vice president of operations for
the Homestead-Miami Speedway, for his and the Speedway’s support
of SAMA’s annual Rides N Smiles event. Cancer patients and
children with other serious health issues receive rides in some of
the most exotic and luxurious cars available today on the
Speedway’s road course.
In addition to providing track personnel to
aid in running the event, the Speedway has provided lunches for
the children, their parents, and siblings since the event was
begun seven years ago.
The 45th annual auto show
continues through Sunday, Nov. 15. For hours and ticket
SAMA is an organization of
automotive journalists, media organizations, corporate
communications specialists, marketing and advertising
representatives, and auto manufacturers related to South Florida’s
dynamic automotive industry. Based in Miami, it was founded in