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2016-17 Mazda BT-50 recalled for airbag fix

Mazda has issued a recall for 277 examples of its late-2016 to early-2017 BT-50 utes over concerns faulty initiators may cause the side airbags to not inflate in a collision. The Japanese manufacturer reports that an incorrect chemical mixture could cause the inflator to not initiate, meaning the airbag may not deploy in the event of a crash...

Mazda 6, RX-8, BT-50 recalled for Takata airbags - UPDATE

UPDATE: Mazda Australia has confirmed that 5117 vehicles in Australia are fitted with the more dangerous 'Alpha' airbags locally, with 3693 of these units already repaired (72.2 per cent). That leaves 1424 vehicles outstanding, though the local arm has confirmed with CarAdvice that these vehicles were already subject to the original Takata airbag recalls that were issued over the past two years...

2017 Mazda BT-50: Alpine infotainment and navigation added as prices go up

The country's seventh-best-selling dual-cab utility, the Mazda BT-50, has had its infotainment package upgraded, with the fresh addition of a new system from well-known electronics company Alpine. Mazda Australia has announced that all mid-spec XTR and top-spec GT BT-50 models rolling into dealerships from today will sport, as standard, a new 8...

Isuzu and Mazda ute deal clarified

The oft-discussed partnership between Isuzu Ute and Mazda, which will see the former provide utility vehicles to the latter, remains a subject of intense sensitivity and secrecy. However, we can clarify, for anyone not quite clear on the deal announced last July, that the deal is a supplier partnership rather than a joint-venture...

2011-2012 Mazda BT-50 recalled for transmission fix

Mazda has issued a recall for 5200 of its 2011 and 2012 BT-50 utes fitted with the automatic transmission over concerns a faulty sensor could cause the transmission to downshift into first gear unexpectedly. The Japanese manufacturer reports the Output Shaft Speed Sensor in affected vehicles could fail intermittently, which could result in an unintended downshift into first gear...

January Sales: Toyota HiLux edges Ranger and Colorado

Now that we’re acclimatised to the idea of a light commercial being the nation’s top-selling vehicle for a calendar year, we can watch the market with a different set of eyes. We’re only one month into 2017, but the January figures for ute sales make for interesting reading, mostly on account of the ever-growing Toyota HiLux versus Ford Ranger battle — billed by some as the new Commodore v Falcon rivalry...

Australia's key role in Mazda/Isuzu Ute deal

Australia was a key driver in Mazda’s decision to enter a joint-venture (JV) arrangement with Isuzu Ute to collaborate on the next-generation BT-50 and D-Max ute/pickup trucks, due around 2020. As announced in July, the two Japanese companies ditched existing ute JVs (Mazda with Ford, Isuzu with General Motors, which we already know plans to move upmarket with the next Colorado) and buddied up to better amortise costs...

2011-2015 Mazda BT-50 recalled for rear seat fix: 33,000 vehicles affected - UPDATE

Update - Mazda Australia has confirmed the number vehicles affected by this recall. See article for details Mazda has issued a recall for 33,655 of its BT-50 dual cab utes sold between 2011 and 2015 over concerns the rear seatbacks could unlock when braking. The manufacturer reports the end of the return spring for the rear folding seat back latch could break, causing the mechanism to malfunction...

Mazda Australia excited by Isuzu Ute deal

Mazda Australia says news that its parent company will develop the next BT-50 pickup ute with Isuzu, instead of Ford, has been met with universally strong support from its dealer network and other key stakeholders. As we reported a few weeks ago, the two Japanese companies announced a basic agreement that will see Isuzu produce the next generation Mazda ute, based on Isuzu’s D-Max, with input from both...

CarAdvice Podcast episode 12: Focus RS drift mode condemned, Pokémon Go, Mazda3 revealed, and much more

Welcome to episode 12 of the CarAdvice.com podcast! If you missed last week's episode, or you'd like to know more about the show, catch our earlier articles here. This week, Paul Maric is joined by Mike Costello to discuss the latest CarAdvice news and reviews from across the automotive landscape and Australia's new-car market...

Mazda 2, B Series, BT-50, RX-8 recalled for Takata airbags: 162,000 vehicles affected

The string of Takata airbag recalls this week continues with Mazda issuing notices for over 162,000 vehicles, including the popular Mazda 2 small car, B Series and BT-50 utes, and the RX-8 sports car. Adding to the Chrysler and Mitsubishi recalls this week, and the Subaru recall issued last week, this latest notice adds to the wider Takata airbag scandal that has affected close to 60 million vehicles globally...