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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.
2014 Mazda CX-9 Review: Classic 2WD
  • Willing V6 petrol engine; enjoyable open-road driving dynamics; decent cabin comfort and presentation
  • Ageing inside and out; thirsty; steering can be slow and difficult around town; more expensive than rivals

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7 / 10

Price $44,525 ANCAP Rating N/A

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2014 Mazda CX-9 Review: Classic 2WD

The largest Mazda offers decent practicality, but it is starting to show its age.

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2015 Mazda 2 revealed: Production city car unveiled ahead of October launch
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2015 Mazda 2 revealed: Production city car unveiled ahead of October launch

The all-new 2015 Mazda 2 city car has been revealed ahead of the car's launch in Australia in October this year. The global reveal of the all-new Mazda 2 comes just hours after leaked images of the new car surfaced online. The new 2 brings with it the brand's distinctive 'Kodo' design language, with a snout-forward grille, set-back headlights, swooping style-lines across the body and a rounded rear-end...


2015 Mazda 2 revealed in leaked images
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2015 Mazda 2 revealed in leaked images

The all-new Mazda 2 city car has been leaked online ahead of its official reveal that was scheduled for later today. A small number of pictures of the new Mazda 2 – seen here with "Demio" branding, as it is known in some markets – surfaced online overnight. The new model will arrive in Australian showrooms from October, and it's clear that the car borrows plenty of styling cues from the larger Mazda 3 hatchback...


All-New Mazda2 Sneak Peek
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All-New Mazda2 Sneak Peek

http://www.caradvice.com.au/297030/?yt_desc - Read the article here. Mazda's all-new Mazda2 packs a whole host of improvements and adopts the KODO design language seen on the new Mazda3 and Mazda6. The latest Mazda2 will go on sale in Australia in the last quarter of 2014,...


Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage
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Medium SUV Comparison : Jeep Cherokee v Mazda CX-5 v Toyota RAV4 v Nissan X-Trail v Ford Kuga v Subaru Forester v Hyundai ix35 v Honda CR-V v Mitsubishi Outlander v Kia Sportage

Assembled for this mega-test are 10 models that represent one-third of total SUV volume in Australia – and that’s without including sales for the newest contender here and catalyst for this test, the Jeep Cherokee. It looks bold, it’s available only with petrol engines (for now), and it’s priced under $40,000 to compete with the mainstream...


Mazda MX-5 teaser clip: Roadster sounds like it's turbocharged
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Mazda MX-5 teaser clip: Roadster sounds like it's turbocharged

"It's not an evolution. It's a revolution." That's the line used in a new Mazda MX-5 teaser video in which the engine sound of the new car can be heard. And we're fairly sure there's some turbo whoosh...


Mazda MX-5: Fourth-generation model set for simultaneous global reveal on September 4
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Mazda MX-5: Fourth-generation model set for simultaneous global reveal on September 4

The all-new Mazda MX-5 convertible sports car will be revealed on September 4 at three simultaneous events around the world. The unveiling will take place in Japan, the US and in Europe, and in its home country the brand will hold a Mazda Roadster Thanks Day which is "intended to express Mazda's gratitude to all the fans that have supported the Mazda MX-5 over the past 25 years"...


2015 Mazda 2 Review
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2015 Mazda 2 Review

Will the new Mazda 2 reclaim the best selling city car title?


2015 Mazda 2 details emerge
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2015 Mazda 2 details emerge

The next-generation Mazda 2 is set for a local launch in Australia later this year as the Japanese company gears up to take on the light car segment with a new force. Although yet to be officially revealed, the 2015 Mazda 2 will in many ways resemble a smaller Mazda 3, following the company’s Kodo design language...


Mazda 3 Diesel Review : XD Astina
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Mazda 3 Diesel Review : XD Astina

A $40,000 Mazda 3. Can it sell?


2015 Mazda 2 diesel engine details revealed
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2015 Mazda 2 diesel engine details revealed

Details of the ultra-efficient diesel powertrain that will be offered in the new-generation Mazda 2 city car have been revealed. The new 1.5-litre Skyactiv-D engine - which was first referenced in the Mazda Hazumi concept earlier this year (pictured above) - will be offered in the all-new Mazda 2 and will pump out 77kW of power at 4000rpm and 250Nm between 1500-2500rpm...


Mazda ride and handling : Korean level of localised tuning not required
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Mazda ride and handling : Korean level of localised tuning not required

Mazda Australia doesn’t need the same level of localised suspension and steering tuning as it Korean competitors since it doesn’t suffer the same "perceived" ride and handling issues, the company’s boss says...


Mazda Australia : "We are not putting prices up"
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Mazda Australia : "We are not putting prices up"

Mazda Australia says it has no plans to increase prices despite the company’s global vice chairman telling journalists that prices may gradually creep up to levels rivalling premium brands. Speaking with CarAdvice at Mazda’s Mine proving ground near Nagato city in Japan, Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders clarified the brand's position in Australia...


New Mazda MX-5 likely to spawn more rear-wheel-drive models
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New Mazda MX-5 likely to spawn more rear-wheel-drive models

Mazda is expected to build a second rear-wheel-drive sports car based on the platform of the new MX-5. Based on Mazda’s process of 'bundled planning' - a concept of creating multiple models based on the same architecture at the same time - it seems almost certain the soon-to-launch MX-5 will be the first of potentially numerous vehicles based on the same rear-wheel-drive architecture...


Mazda seeks to become a premium brand with premium pricing
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Mazda seeks to become a premium brand with premium pricing

07/06/14/ - Update: Mazda Australia : "We are not putting prices up" Mazda has ruled out the possibility of launching a separate premium brand, instead focusing on gradually becoming a premium brand itself. Speaking with Australian media including CarAdvice in Hiroshima, Japan, Mazda representative director and vice chairman of the board Seita Kanai said the company learnt from its mistakes in trying to run two different brands in the 1990s...


Attitude to speeding creating bad drivers, says Mazda Australia boss
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Attitude to speeding creating bad drivers, says Mazda Australia boss

The boss of Mazda Australia says the focus on staying under the speed limit has created poor driving standards in Australia, while the Japanese company works to combat speed stress in the cabin. Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders commented on Australian transport authorities' obsession with the fight against speeding while speaking with local media including CarAdvice in Hiroshima, Japan...


Mazda CX-3: Baby SUV "fully feasible"
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Mazda CX-3: Baby SUV "fully feasible"

A leading Mazda executive has admitted a sub-compact SUV, set to be called the Mazda CX-3, is "fully feasible" within the brand's current development and technology cycle. The admission from Mazda representative director and vice chairman of the board Seita Kanai is the latest strong hint that the baby SUV is nearing production...


Mazda 2 v Suzuki Swift: Comparison review
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Mazda 2 v Suzuki Swift: Comparison review

The Mazda 2 and the Suzuki Swift continue to be favourites with Australian consumers despite being two of the older members of the city car class. The duo accounts for one in four sales in the segment – impressive considering the pint-sized Mazda launched way back in 2007 and will be replaced by an all-new model early next year and the Suzuki, released in 2010, is also about halfway through its life...


Mazda CX-5 Review : Akera 2.5
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Mazda CX-5 Review : Akera 2.5

The Mazda CX-5 Akera sits at the top of the popular CX-5 range. We find out if it's the pick of the bunch.

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Mazda MX-5: week with Review
Rating: 910 /10
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Mazda MX-5: week with Review

Will James Ward rediscover driving purity spending a week with a Mazda MX-5?

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Mazda 3 diesel coming to Australia in September
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Mazda 3 diesel coming to Australia in September

A diesel-powered Mazda 3 hatchback has been confirmed to go on sale locally in September. Mazda had previously ruled out an oil-burning variant due to an apparent lack of demand, but the Japanese company has now confirmed the new diesel model - known as the Mazda 3 XD Astina - will make it to market after all. The new model is powered by the same 2...


Best Cars for P-Platers: city car options

Best Cars for P-Platers: city car options

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Best Cars for P-Platers: We take a look at four of the best options for city driving
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Best Cars for P-Platers: We take a look at four of the best options for city driving

It's something you'll never forget. Getting your license and getting behind the wheel of your first car. There are so many options and for young drivers it can be overwhelming. We asked a group of L-Platers and P-Platers, doing a Driver Dynamics training day, to give us their thoughts on 4 small cars.


Mazda 2 Review : Maxx Sport
Rating: 6.510 /10
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Mazda 2 Review : Maxx Sport

Dan DeGasperi finds Australia's most popular light hatchback is still a worthy contender despite its age.

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Mazda MX-5 : next-generation model could be cheaper
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Mazda MX-5 : next-generation model could be cheaper

The next-generation Mazda MX-5 could see a significant price cut. The Mazda MX-5 was once a far more affordable car, but over recent years its price has crept higher and higher: the current model sets buyers back almost $50,000 on the road. However, the Japanese brand's local arm has indicated that the fourth-generation model, which will be revealed later this year and go on sale in 2015, will be more wallet-friendly...


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...


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's chassis unveiled
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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...