2019 Mazda3 on way with top crash-protection marks

THE NEXT generation of the now ageing Mazda3 is expected in South Africa fairly soon but meanwhile the cars have been awarded the maximum five-star rating by Euro NCAP. Sister ship the Mazda6 has already achieved an overall five-star rating under the new, more stringent, 2018 Euro NCAP crash-protection ratings. ”The 2019 Mazda3 performed impressively…

Coming in 2020: Mazda unveils CX-30 compact crossover

GENEVA, Switzerland – Mazda has revealed the second model in its new generation lineup, the CX-30 compact crossover SUV, at the 2019 international auto show here. It’s described as ”a new core model that sits between the CX-3 and CX-5 and it will arrive in South Africa in the first quarter of 2020”. The CX-3…

Well-loved Mazda MX-5 special for 30th birthday

CHICAGO, Illinois – Mazda Motor Corporation has announced it will premiere a new MX-5 model to mark 30 years of one of the world’s best-loved small sport cars. Fittingly, it will be badged as the Mazda MX-5 Roadster 30th Anniversary Edition, be individually numbered, and be shown to the public at the 2019 Chicago later today…

Ready to trade in? All-new Mazda3 set for SA next year

Sedan, hatch, fully re-designed for global sale Expect them in SA second-half 2019 ‘Hatchback dynamic, the sedan elegant’ LOS ANGELES, California – The all-new Mazda3 had its world debut today (Nov 28 2018) at the annjual Los Angeles auto show and will be hitting global markets early in the new year but South Africa only…

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…