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Mazda made its first vehicle in 1931 and has since gone on to become of the world's best recognized automotive brands with the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-9, MX-5 & BT50. The company officially changes its name to Mazda in 1984 and is best known for its work in the development of the Wankel rotary engine. This helped the company find a unique selling point amongst other Japanese manufacturers. Mazda sells eight different models in Australia and is the fifth best selling manufacturer. The company has found success in recent years thanks to its modern & attractive design DNA as well as its emphasis on quality and innovative engineering.
Mazda CX-9 :: next-generation to drop V6, still no diesel expected

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Mazda CX-9 : next-generation to drop V6, still no diesel expected

The next-generation Mazda CX-9 SUV will lose its V6 petrol engine, likely in favour of a more efficient turbocharged four-cylinder. Mazda global head of sales and marketing, Masahiro Moro, indicated to CarAdvice at the New York auto show that Mazda is in a transition period away from the Ford-sourced V6 seen in the current CX-9...

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Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9
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Family SUV Comparison : Toyota Kluger v Nissan Pathfinder v Jeep Grand Cherokee v Ford Territory v Holden Captiva 7 v Kia Sorento v Mazda CX-9

In 2013 large SUV models formed the fourth most popular segment in the country. Fast forward to first quarter 2014 and the large SUV class is now the second most popular, overtaking utes and light cars. Australians clearly love big, high-riding practical cars, purchasing more than 10,000 large SUVs each month. Seven of the top 10 selling large SUV models are tested here...


Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition revealed
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Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition revealed

It was like a birth at a funeral as the Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary Edition model was revealed at the 2014 New York auto show alongside the chassis of the next-generation model. While the skeletal chassis of the new-generation MX-5 is the main attraction, the full-bodied celebratory 25th Anniversary Edition model features a range of changes and alterations to the existing MX-5, which originally went on sale in 2005...


Mazda MX-5 : new-generation sports car
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Mazda MX-5 : new-generation sports car's chassis unveiled

The 2015 Mazda MX-5’s lightweight chassis has been uncovered at the 2014 New York auto show. The fourth-generation drop-top Mazda’s “bare chassis” is still undergoing development prior to the all-new model entering production, but in showcasing the new car’s platform the Japanese brand has illustrated that there will be some change to the formula that has seen the MX-5 become the highest-selling convertible ever, with almost one million units sold in its quarter-century history...


2015 Mazda 2 spied during testing
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2015 Mazda 2 spied during testing

This is the all-new Mazda 2 city car, which will be revealed at the Paris motor show in September prior to going on sale in Australia late in 2014. The new model - presaged by the heavily-styled Hazumi concept car shown at the Geneva motor show in March - has been caught by CarAdvice's spy photographers testing in Germany, and its design appears to have stayed quite true to the dramatic show car's swooping lines...


High-performance driver training : a day on track with Driver Dynamics
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High-performance driver training : a day on track with Driver Dynamics

Ripple strips, braking zones, apexes and speeds close to 200km/h. How can a high-performance driver training day improve your road driving? CarAdvice spent the day at Sandown Raceway with the team from Driver Dynamics to find out. Started in 1990 by director and chief instructor Kevin Flynn, Driver Dynamics runs courses in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide for drivers of all skill levels...


Mazda 6 : second electrical recall in a year
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Mazda 6 : second electrical recall in a year

The Mazda 6 is being recalled for the second time in a year, and for a similar issue. A total of 9000 examples of the latest generation Mazda 6 are being recalled due to a system malfunction that may prevent the car’s battery from charging and eventually lead to the car stalling...


Mazda 6 boot capacity increased, new safety option pack now available
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Mazda 6 boot capacity increased, new safety option pack now available

The Mazda 6's boot capacity has been increased by almost 10 per cent less than a year after the mid-size model went on sale. The Mazda 6's back-end enhancement comes courtesy of a revised boot lining and a slimmer space-saver spare tyre, which allows more load space as the floor of the previously shallow boot sits lower...


High Performance Driver Training Day with Driver Dynamics
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High Performance Driver Training Day with Driver Dynamics

David Zalstein heads to Sandown Raceway with the Mazda MX-5 to explore the ins and outs of advanced driver training with the team from Driver Dynamics.


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Mazda Australia : 'We will have a very strong year'

Mazda Australia is likely to get another record year in 2014 as the Japanese brand launches the new-generation Mazda 3 to reclaim the crown of Australia’s best selling car. In February, Mazda sold 9171 cars in Australia (compared to 8728 during the same period last year), helped by the new Mazda 3’s launch...


Mazda 3 celebrity challenge race proves a winner
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Mazda 3 celebrity challenge race proves a winner

This year’s Mazda 3 celebrity race challenge played an important part of the Japanese company’s plans for the popular small car’s launch in Australia. Following on from the carnage-riddled 2013 Mazda 6 celebrity race challenge, Mazda Australia this year opted to pit a bunch of celebrities against one another at Albert Park in the newly launched Mazda 3...


Small Car Comparison : Toyota Corolla v Mazda 3 v Holden Cruze v Hyundai Elantra
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Small Car Comparison : Toyota Corolla v Mazda 3 v Holden Cruze v Hyundai Elantra

Small sedans are generally not quite as popular as small hatchbacks in Australia. The newly released Toyota Corolla sedan is expected to snare only a 20 per cent share of the nameplate’s sales this year, while the Hyundai Elantra is outsold by its i30 sibling five-to-one...


2014 Mazda 3 Neo Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2014 Mazda 3 Neo Review

The entry-level Mazda 3 is destined to sell in big numbers. But does it deserve to?

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Mazda BT-50 facelift to add more macho styling
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Mazda BT-50 facelift to add more macho styling

The Mazda BT-50 ute will get a more masculine look as part of a dramatic mid-life update due within a few years, as the Japanese brand looks to bring it into line with the rest of its model range. The BT-50's styling has always been its most polarising element - critics suggested it looked too 'happy', 'soft' and 'not masculine enough' to cut it in the hotly contested ute segment...


Mazda CX-3 inches closer
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Mazda CX-3 inches closer

A new sub-compact Mazda CX-3 SUV has already been penned and appears very close to making its debut. CarAdvice exclusively reported the Japanese brand’s plans for a new baby SUV to sit below the CX-5 in 2012, but it appears the new model could be closer than first anticipated...


Mazda 2 : new-gen takes shape with sedan confirmed, three-door out
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Mazda 2 : new-gen takes shape with sedan confirmed, three-door out

The new-generation Mazda 2 will be offered both as a four-door sedan and five-door hatchback, but no three-door will be developed. Mazda general manager of design Maeda Ikuo told CarAdvice that the Hazumi concept revealed at the 2014 Geneva motor show is “very close” to how the production Mazda 2 will look, and added that a sedan variant is also set to be offered...


2015 Mazda 2 diesel unlikely for Australia
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2015 Mazda 2 diesel unlikely for Australia

The new-generation Mazda 2 is unlikely to be offered with a diesel powerplant in Australia despite an all-new oil-burner being of the headline acts of its showcar precursor, the Mazda Hazumi concept. The Hazumi concept presented at the Geneva motor show overnight showcased a new 1.5-litre turbo diesel Skyactiv four-cylinder powerplant which was described as a "potent and high-revving" engine...


Mazda Hazumi concept revealed
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Mazda Hazumi concept revealed

It's called the Mazda Hazumi concept but this is the new Mazda 2 city car in thin disguise. The Japanese company says the Hazumi concept – unveiled at the 2014 Geneva motor show ahead of an expected on-sale date of late 2014 or early 2015 for Australia – is a “glimpse at Mazda’s ideal next-generation subcompact”, claiming it focuses on four key aspects: the brand’s Kodo styling; SkyActiv technology; proactive safety; and the MZD Connect connectivity system...


Mazda Hazumi concept - new pictures leaked ahead of Geneva debut
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Mazda Hazumi concept - new pictures leaked ahead of Geneva debut

New images of the Mazda Hazumi concept have surfaced ahead of the car's debut at the 2014 Geneva motor show this week. Images posted on Chinese site Autosohu.com indicate the new concept car - which showcases how the next-generation Mazda 2 will look - clearly boasts the brand's Kodo design language, following on from previous show cars and also production models such as the new Mazda 3, Mazda 6 and CX-5 SUV...


2015 Mazda 2 Hazumi concept sketch leaked
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2015 Mazda 2 Hazumi concept sketch leaked

A sketch of the Mazda Hazumi concept that previews the next-generation Mazda 2 has leaked days out from its official Geneva motor show unveiling. The design sketch, first seen on German blog autofilou, shows the Hazumi concept from a front quarter angle, uncovering its sharply styled face, wedge-shaped profile and compact overall proportions, expanding on last Friday’s official teaser shot...


Medium car comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Nissan Altima v Skoda Octavia v Holden Malibu v Hyundai i40
Rating: 610 /10
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Medium car comparison : Toyota Camry v Mazda 6 v Nissan Altima v Skoda Octavia v Holden Malibu v Hyundai i40

Medium is the new large. By 2017 when the large car segment will have been thrown into further disarray with the loss of the Ford Falcon and question marks surrounding imported replacements for the Holden Commodore and Toyota Aurion, it really has to be. The mass exodus from large six-cylinder family sedans that has happened in recent years, however, hasn’t been the expected boon for medium cars...

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2015 Mazda 2 Hazumi concept previews new city car
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2015 Mazda 2 Hazumi concept previews new city car

A concept previewing the next-generation Mazda 2 will debut at next month’s Geneva motor show. The Mazda Hazumi concept – teased in the tightly cropped sketch above – is set to provide an accurate impression of the design of the third-generation Mazda 2 before the final production model is revealed later this year and reaches Australian showrooms in the first half of 2015...


Mazda 3 v Volkswagen Golf : Comparison Review
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Mazda 3 v Volkswagen Golf : Comparison Review

Which base model is the best buy? We pit the Volkswagen Golf 90TSI up against the all-new Mazda 3 Neo to find out.


Mazda CX-3 sub-compact SUV to debut by end of 2014 – report
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Mazda CX-3 sub-compact SUV to debut by end of 2014 – report

Yet another baby SUV is set to be released in 2014, with a Japanese newspaper reporting a Mazda CX-3 will debut by year’s end. The Nikkei newspaper claims a new Mazda 2-based crossover model will be sold by the end of the year, likely spawned from the new-generation Mazda2 city car which is expected to be unveiled at the Geneva motor show in March...


Mazda CX-5 Review : Long-term report two
Rating: 910 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Review : Long-term report two

Improving fuel economy and a close shave with a kangaroo two of the highlights for early ownership months.

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Mazda 3 : Kuroi pack sports up small car
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Mazda 3 : Kuroi pack sports up small car

Fans longing for an all-new Mazda 3 MPS face an indefinite wait for a new-gen hot-hatch, but in the meantime can order a racy Kuroi styling pack to sport up regular variants of the small car. Available on all grades in both sedan and hatchback body styles, the Kuroi pack (‘black’ in Japanese) adds a number of exterior styling enhancements to the third-generation Mazda 3...


2014 Mazda 3 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2014 Mazda 3 Review

Mazda\'s small car raises its sophistication levels to show it\'s not just a \'best seller\' but also one of the best.

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2014 Mazda 3 : The Quick Guide
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2014 Mazda 3 : The Quick Guide

The Mazda 3 has been one of Australia's highest-selling cars since the nameplate emerged in 2004, and was the country's number one vehicle in 2011 and 2012. A decade on, it's looking to reclaim that title after a run-out phase allowed the Toyota Corolla to take victory in 2013...


2014 Mazda 3 : pricing and specifications
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2014 Mazda 3 : pricing and specifications

The third-generation Mazda 3 small car starts a fraction higher than the immediate outgoing model but generally applies lower prices and more equipment throughout the new range. A $20,490 sticker kicks things off for a base model Neo with a manual gearbox, with the furthest end of the spectrum the range-topping SP25 Astina auto that costs $38,190 before on-road costs are added...


Mazda 3 Video Review 2014
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Mazda 3 Video Review 2014

Jez Spinks takes an in-depth look at the all-new Mazda 3 hatch and sedan.