Mazda electrification plans – ‘taking the long view’

Mazda punting future electric power Support from small rotary engines Connectivity to help ‘social issues’ TOKYO, Japan – Automaker Mazda says it wants to develop electrification and connectivity plans based on a long view of technological development and badge it as Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 This mission, the automaker hopes, will ”preserve the beauty of Earth,…

Ford Ranger, Mazda BT-50 turboboost from Honeywell

Honeywell turbo boost for Ranger, BT-50 A little extra can take  boost to 200kW Promise of lower general fuel-consumption JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – TurboDirect in South Africa has introduced a PowerMax turbocharger upgrade for the 2011-2015 Ford Ranger 3.2 diesel engine to increase overall performance and flow by 20% and boost power from 147 to 172kW….

Mazda6 sedan and wagon going on sale in UK

Mazda6 Saloon and Tourer arrive in the UK from 20th July. Mazda’s 2.5-litre SkyActiv-G engine to debut in Mazda6. 25 models, four trim levels, ‘comprehensive updates’ LONDON, England – Mazda has announced UK pricing and specification for sedan and wagon versions of its new Mazda6 flagship which has an upgraded cabin, revised styling and enhanced…

Geneva show ‘Concept Car of Year’ goes to…

Just the start – new style set for 2019 Second award for Mazda’s latest Kodo design Global design award ‘a true honour’ GENEVA, Switzerland – The Mazda Vision coupe has won “Concept Car of the Year” at the 11th annual Car Design Night Geneva at the March 2018 Geneva auto show. A panel of 18…

Mazda Vision Coupe wins ‘most beautiful concept’ award

Japanese automaker’s second Festival win Prestige accolade for second time in three years Four-door shell embodies design – and history PARIS, France – Mazda’s Vision Coupe has won the title Most Beautiful Concept Car of the Year at the 2018 International Automobile Festival here in the French capital. It was the 33rd such event and…

Another pollution bubble popped on the battery-car saga

Another motoring pollution myth popped? Say it often enough and myth becomes fact Rather like some reports about Trump? TOKYO, Japan – Mazda Motor’s managing executive officer Mitsuo Hitomi, against the theory that petrol-engined vehicles must be exterminated, says the truth is that non-petrol cars are NOT be needed on a mass scale to reduce…

Driverless cars? See what REAL drivers think about prospect

Autonomous? Cool, but drivers still want to drive 71% of UK folk want to pilot cars themselves Connection of car/driver ‘the heart of all Mazdas’ LONDON, England – It seems the joy of driving is alive ‘n well in the UK with 71% of people surveyed saying they will still want to drive despite the…

Mazda puts cherry on the top of MX-5 special edition

Powered by 120kW, two-litre, SkyActiv-G engine Cherry-coloured roof, BBS rims, leather seats Special version of fourth-generation convertible LONDON, England – Mazda UK says it will bring a burst of colour to the MX-5 sport-car range in March 2018 with the launch of a Z-Sport special edition. The cars will identify themselves with a deep-cherry red…

Three-row Mazda CX-8: New flagship for launch

At last! A back row for adults Mazda planning new SUV flagship Target said to be ‘classy but quality’ TOKYO, Japan – Mazda has revealed the shell of its upcoming CX-8 crossover, the company’s first new-generation model with three rows of seats. It’s scheduled for showrooms in Japan by the end of 2017. The CX-8,…

Tacky Takata crash-bag recall spreads to three SA Mazda models

Takata crash-bag scandal blows up again 19 000 units possibly affected in SA Contact details at end of this feature PRETORIA, South Africa – Automaker Mazda South Africa is recalling as many as 19 000 vehicles across three model ranges as the now years-old Takata crash-bags scandal continues. Models affected this time are from the Mazda2, Mazda6 and Mazda RX-8…

Mazda’s all-new CX-5 debuts in South Africa

New generation of ‘innovative, attractive, Mazdas’ CX-5 ‘sleeker, sportier, and safer’ Auto gearbox for Dynamic derivatives JOHANNESBURG, Gauteng – Five years down the line since its launch in 2012 comes a fresh version of Mazda’s CX-5 with a new range of vehicles featuring – a “core model” sold in more than 120 countries. Mazda says…

Features update, new Individual Plus, for Mazda2 range

Mazda2 Individual Plus with ‘enhancement features’ Two new exterior colours, head-up display Blind-spot monitors for diesel units PRETORIA, South Africa – Mazda has added a Mazda2 Individual Plus 1.5 a/t to the 2017 model range, taking the total to seven and adding “enhancements” which also appear in/on the Mazda2 Hazumi 1.5 DE auto. Individually they…