Mazda

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 6 Review : Sport
  • Great steering, ride and handling; intelligent and smooth automatic transmission; solid levels of equipment, value and refinement
  • Starting to look and feel its age (inside and out); in-car tech clunky and dated; not one of the segment’s cheapest options

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8.5 / 10

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2014 Mazda 6 Review : Sport

Just months out from receiving its 2015 facelift, the entry-level Mazda 6 sedan proves the segment's second-best seller is still a formidable driver-focused package...

Recent Mazda News & Reviews
2015 Mazda CX-3 Review
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Mazda CX-3 Review

Australia is the first country to get access to the Mazda CX-3, and we deliver the verdict


Mazda CX-3 review : First Drive
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Mazda CX-3 review : First Drive

http://www.caradvice.com.au/324106/?yt_desc - Read the article here. The Mazda CX-3 has taken its time to join the small SUV class, but it certainly makes up for lost time. CarAdvice was among the first media in the world to drive the new CX-3 at the Anglesea proving ground in Victoria, Australia. The engine line-up includes a 2-litre petrol and 1...


Hyundai overtakes Mazda as top importer, both play it down
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Hyundai overtakes Mazda as top importer, both play it down

Mazda Australia says it is not overly concerned that fast-growing rival Hyundai has overtaken it and leapt into third place on the Australian sales charts with one month remaining in 2014. The development for industry followers is an interesting one, given the result of the battle royale between the Japanese and Korean brands not only determines which finishes in third place on the sales charts overall, but also which takes the title as Australia’s top full-line vehicle importer...


2015 Mazda MX-5 to have "keener" pricing
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2015 Mazda MX-5 to have "keener" pricing

The upcoming Mazda MX-5 will have to be keener on pricing to better compete with the Toyota 86 and Subaru BRZ twins, according to the boss of Mazda Australia. Speaking to CarAdvice at last week’s Los Angeles auto show, the man in charge of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, admitted there’s opportunity for sharper pricing on the new MX-5 to temp younger buyers back to the model...


Small car comparison : Mazda 3 v Peugeot 308 v Volkswagen Golf
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Small car comparison : Mazda 3 v Peugeot 308 v Volkswagen Golf

Definitions shift over time, none more so in the automotive landscape than with the term ‘people’s car’. What once referred to a German Beetle, French 2CV or an Indian Tata bringing motoring to their respective masses can also be placed in an Australian context...


Mazda looking at increasing fleet sales
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Mazda looking at increasing fleet sales

Despite a traditional reluctance to play in the fleet market, if Mazda is to expand its market share in certain segments, fleet buyers are a necessity, according to Mazda Australia’s boss. Speaking to CarAdvice at last week’s Los Angeles auto show, the man in charge of Mazda Australia, Martin Benders, confirmed the Mazda 3 remains the best selling car in Australia among private buyers, despite the Toyota Corolla doing more volume overall...


Mazda 2 sedan revealed, no sure thing for Australia
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Mazda 2 sedan revealed, no sure thing for Australia

The new-generation Mazda 2 sedan was unveiled today ahead of its formal premiere at the Thailand motor show on November 28. The three-box version of Mazda’s entry model carries over the hatchback's signature curves, and on first impressions avoids the pitfalls many ill-proportioned light-sized sedans fall into...


Mazda CX-3 First Look : Los Angeles Auto Show
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Mazda CX-3 First Look : Los Angeles Auto Show

Alborz Fallah takes a first look at the all-new Mazda CX-3 sub-compact SUV. Arriving two and a half years after CarAdvice first revealed plans for the baby SUV in a world exclusive, the CX-3 will sit below the successful mid-sized Mazda CX-5 – which continues as Australia’s best selling SUV – both in terms of size and pricing.


Mazda:: turbochargers a 'costly' solution to efficiency
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Mazda: turbochargers a 'costly' solution to efficiency

Mazda says its future range of Skyactiv engines are better suited to the company’s needs as naturally aspirated variants, rather than seeking turbochargers for efficiency and additional power output. Mazda has claimed that its next-generation of Skyactiv engines will deliver a further 30 percent fuel efficiency gain without the need for turbocharging as the company seeks to find the ‘perfect’ and leanest naturally aspirated engine...


2015 Mazda CX-5 details revealed
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2015 Mazda CX-5 details revealed

Australia’s best selling SUV has been given an update for 2015 both inside and out with the Mazda CX-5 making its debut at the Los Angeles auto show today. The 2015 Mazda CX-5 update introduces moderate changes to the exterior while the interior benefits from improvements throughout the cabin...


2015 Mazda 6 details revealed
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2015 Mazda 6 details revealed

Mazda has updated its popular Mazda 6 range with a series of exterior, interior, technological and mechanical changes for 2015. As the second-best selling medium car in Australia (after the Toyota Camry), the Mazda 6 remains popular with private buyers seeking a sophisticated car with plenty of in-car technology...


Mazda MPS not an "official project" yet
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Mazda MPS not an "official project" yet

Despite consistent rumours of a Mazda performance series (MPS) return, Mazda’s global boss has confirmed there are no current plans for the go-fast badge's revival. Speaking with the Australian motoring media at the Los Angeles auto show today, Mazda’s managing executive officer of global sales and marketing, Masahiro Moro, said the revival of MPS is not an official project internally...


Mazda RX revival plans are just 'dreams'
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Mazda RX revival plans are just 'dreams'

Mazda has no plans for a rotary sports car program, with the company’s boss confirming that talk of an RX-7 or RX-8 revival are currently just dreams. Asked why the rotary sports car program has seen an up and down rumour cycle of being established and then denied, Mazda’s managing executive officer in charge of global sales and marketing, Masahiro Moro, told the Australian motoring media at today’s Los Angeles auto show that the sports car program has always been off...


Mazda 3 Review : LT2
Rating: 7.510 /10
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Mazda 3 Review : LT2

A second month with the third-generation Mazda 3 raises some philosophical questions and interesting answers.

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2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5-, 2.0-litre engines confirmed for Australia
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2015 Mazda MX-5: 1.5-, 2.0-litre engines confirmed for Australia

Mazda has officially confirmed the engine lineup for the 2015 Mazda MX-5 along with releasing several new images of the upcoming sports car. As reported by CarAdvice in early October (but now officially confirmed), there will be a choice of 1.5- and 2...


2015 Mazda CX-3 unveiled
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2015 Mazda CX-3 unveiled

The long-awaited Mazda CX-3 has been unveiled ahead of tomorrow’s Los Angles auto show and in the lead up to its anticipated Australian debut in March. Arriving two and a half years after CarAdvice first revealed plans for the baby SUV in a world exclusive, the CX-3 will sit below the successful mid-sized Mazda CX-5 - which continues as Australia’s best selling SUV - both in terms of size and pricing...


Mazda CX-3 images surface
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Mazda CX-3 images surface

Images of the highly anticipated Mazda CX-3 have leaked online ahead of today's official unveiling in California. Mazda is set to unveil the all-new compact SUV in a few hours' time at an event in Los Angeles that CarAdvice is attending, but images of the CX-3 have already surfaced online prior to the embargo lifting at 3pm AEST...


Mazda 2 Genki review
Rating: 810 /10
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Mazda 2 Genki review

The new-generation Mazda 2 sticks with a successful formula but offers a more mature approach than before.

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Mazda CX-3 spied on the cusp of global premiere
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Mazda CX-3 spied on the cusp of global premiere

The Mazda CX-3 baby SUV will premiere at the LA motor show starting this week, but we have a few spy images from our overseas snappers to tide you over.  Based heavily on the Mazda 2 city car – sharing its Skyactiv platform, engines and more — the city car on stilts will give the ‘zoom zoom’ brand ammunition to fire at the Nissan Qashqai, Holden Trax, Honda HR-V and Ford EcoSport, among many others...


City car comparison : Mazda 2 v Volkswagen Polo v Toyota Yaris v Honda Jazz v Renault Clio
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City car comparison : Mazda 2 v Volkswagen Polo v Toyota Yaris v Honda Jazz v Renault Clio

In the past few months, fresh technology once the reserve of expensive premium cars has made a final cascade to one of the most affordable classes – light hatchbacks. The ‘cascade effect’ is nothing new in the automotive industry, where advanced equipment starts only in the priciest cars and eventually filters down into cheaper models as years go by...


Mazda CX-5 Maxx Review
Rating: 710 /10
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Mazda CX-5 Maxx Review

At less than $30,000, the Mazda CX-5 Maxx is one of the most affordable Japanese SUV's on the market. But, is the 2.0-litre engine spritely enough for this car?

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Mazda CEO rules out rotary engine sports car
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Mazda CEO rules out rotary engine sports car

Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai has officially ruled out a rotary engine-powered RX halo car for the Hiroshima-based car maker. In a chat with Automotive News, Kogai said: "We don't have that kind of vehicle in our future product plan". Kogai reasons that, as a small mainstream car maker, "if you increase the number of segments, then the resources we can allocate to each will decline and that will prevent us from developing truly good products"...


2015 Mazda CX-5 images leak ahead of LA debut
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2015 Mazda CX-5 images leak ahead of LA debut

Images of the updated Mazda CX-5 — Australia’s top-selling SUV — have lobbed online via new leaked brochure shots out of Japan.  The leaks come a few days after brochure shots of the facelifted Mazda 6 emerged. Both sets of images found their way to French forum site Worldscoop...


Audi A3 COD v Mazda 3 XD Astina : Comparison review
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Audi A3 COD v Mazda 3 XD Astina : Comparison review

Not long ago the price difference between a Japanese small car and a premium-badged German was sizeable. Not too far into the past, either, diesel engines trumped petrols for fuel efficiency. Yet here we have the Mazda 3 XD Astina that is the flagship of the popular small car range, priced from $42,220 plus on-road costs in automatic form, running a twin-turbo diesel that claims to drink 5...


Mazda MX-5 to race in new global one-make series
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Mazda MX-5 to race in new global one-make series

Two months after its multi-nation debut, Mazda has announced the all-new fourth-generation MX-5 will compete in a new one-make Global Cup racing series. Announced at this week's Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) show in Las Vegas, Mazda says, starting in 2016, the Global MX-5 Cup – a worldwide expansion of the US's existing Mazda MX-5 Cup series – will run across North America, Europe and Asia...


Mazda 6 facelift outed via leaked Japanese brochure
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Mazda 6 facelift outed via leaked Japanese brochure

The first images of the upcoming Mazda 6 facelift have hit the internet, indicating that the car will receive changes to both the exterior and interior. User Brunello has posted pictures, which seem to be hastily taken photos of a brochure for the Japanese market 6, on French forum site WorldScoop...


Mazda 2 sedan to be revealed this month - report
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Mazda 2 sedan to be revealed this month - report

The all-new Mazda 2 sedan will be unveiled later this month, according to a report out of Thailand. The Bangkok Post reports the four-door body style of the new Mazda 2 city car will make its world premiere at the Thailand international motor expo on November 28 before going on sale in the southeast Asian market in January...


Convertibles for Summer : we test four affordable contenders
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Convertibles for Summer : we test four affordable contenders

With warmer weather arriving, we've headed to the beach to discover the upsides and downsides of four very different cars that all can lose their lid.


2015 Mazda 2 Review: first Australian drive
Rating: 7.510 /10
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2015 Mazda 2 Review: first Australian drive

The all-new Mazda 2 is a more grown up offering than the car it replaces, but has it retained its charm? Matt Campbell finds out.

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