There have been previous diesel versions of the Mazda3 available in global markets but sensibly the New Zealand distributor held back from local sale until there was an automatic transmission available, as previously only a manual transmission had been available with the oiler engines. Continue reading “Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP22 Limited hatch review” »
The all-new Mazda3 is the third vehicle in the Mazda line to sport the Kodo – Soul of Motion design theme with the distinctive five-point grille that is now shared with the Mazda6, CX-5 SUV, and CX-9 SUV, as well as the recently revealed MX-5.
This third generation Mazda3 has grown longer and wider but more importantly it has matured and offers buyers more features and benefits than ever before. It does indeed set a new benchmark in the mass market small car (C segment) class with its mixture of safety technologies, head up display, and human machine interface. Continue reading “Mazda: 2014 Mazda3 SP25 hatch & SP25 Limited sedan review” »
Big things are happening at Mazda and according to recent reports the Japanese carmaker’s product range is about to get a major overhaul with the introduction of four redesigned models by 2014.
For starters the redesigned CX-5 will be released, but the big launch is the all-new Mazda6 which is due to go on sale late next year. Previewed by the Takeri concept (pictured), the production model is expected to blend sleek styling with a range of fuel efficient engines.
After the 6, Mazda will apparently introduce redesigned versions of the Mazda3, MX-5 and CX-9 in 2013. All the new models will use Skyactiv technologies and ride on lightweight platforms.
After exactly seven years and ten months, Mazda has reached an important milestone in the production of its popular Mazda3 small car.
Recently, at Mazda’s Hofu Plant in Yamaguchi, Japan, the three-millionth 3 rolled down the assembly line ready for transporting. The smiling-faced Mazda3 has been a success story for the Japanese carmaker and has proved the fastest-selling vehicle in Mazda’s current range. Global sales have been huge with over 1.1 million units have been sold in North America alone.
In addition to the Hofu plant, the Mazda3 is also built at the Changan Ford Mazda Automobile (CFMA) plant in Nanjing, China, and AutoAlliance in Thailand.
Next for the Mazda3 is a switch a new SkyActiv-powered engine shortly.
The Mazda3 has been long criticised for its heavy fuel use but all that is now set to change with Mazda’s new SkyActiv-G petrol engine.
The 2012 Mazda3 has just made its debut at the 2011 New York Auto Show and is the first production use for the all-new 2.0 litre four-cylinder SkyActiv-G petrol engine.
The new motor will combine with the Skyactiv-MT six-speed manual transmission and the SkyActiv-Drive six-speed auto to chase down better fuel economy.
To achieve greater efficiency the SkyActiv-G engine uses multi-hole injectors and a higher compression ratio of 12.0:1. Power hasn’t decreased but has been bumped up to 115kW from 108kW for its predecessor, and torque has increased from 182Nm to a round 200Nm.
The new fuel consumption figures when paired with the SkyActiv-MT manual transmission is listed at 8.7 l/100km for urban driving and 6.0 l/100km on the motorway. The current MZR 2.0 litre petrol engine is quoted at 10.8 and 6.2 l/100km respectively, when combined with a six-speed manual transmission. Continue reading “Mazda3 updated with SkyActiv-G engine and exterior tweaks” »