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‘Smiling’ driverless concept developed for pedestrian safety research

Semcon, a Swedish-based product development company, has developed 'The Smiling Car', a fictional autonomous car concept that uses a digital smile to let pedestrians know it’s safe to cross the road while the 'driver' goes about their own business inside the car...

2017 Mazda 6 pricing and specs: Subtle tweaks and new G-Vectoring Control join range

Australian pricing and specifications have been released for the 2017 Mazda 6 range today - and, while you can read our 2017 Mazda 6 launch review for the full picture, it’s fair to say the changes made in this update are subtle. Model grades and pricing for the revised range are listed below. There’s a 2.5-litre petrol engine, along with a 2...

Mazda 3, 6, CX-3, CX-5 recalled for tailgate fix: 237,000 vehicles affected - UPDATE

Update - Mazda Australia has confirmed the number of vehicles affected by the recall. See article for details Mazda has issued a recall for 237,000 vehicles from its popular 3 hatch, 6 wagon, CX-3 and CX-5 SUV lines over concerns the tailgate struts could break...

2017 Mazda 6 update launches in the US, due in Australia by year's end

A mildly-updated 2017 Mazda 6 has been revealed in the US, bringing the company’s new G-Vectoring Control system and interior enhancements to the medium sedan and wagon. Revealed in the States alongside the newly-refreshed Mazda 3 that has already launched Down Under, the new Mazda 6 looks identical to its predecessor – which was just updated early last year – with all the changes happening in the cabin and under the skin...

Mazda 6 likely to get 2.5-litre turbo engine, smaller models also possible

The all-new 2.5-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine that has debuted in the 2016 Mazda CX-9 is highly likely to be fitted to the Mazda 6 sedan and wagon. CarAdvice spoke with Mazda North America vehicle development engineer Dave Coleman at the launch of the new CX-9 this week, and he said that the new turbo engine can fit in the Mazda 6 – and the Mazda 3, as well...

2016 Mazda 6 gets safety update, price cuts

The 2016 Mazda 6 mid-sized sedan and wagon range is now better value than before, and safer, after the company made a suite of active and preventative anti-crash features standard across the board. From now, every Mazda 6 variant will come with blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror and low-speed laser-driven forward autonomous braking...

Mazda overtakes Holden in 2015: First full-importer to finish second overall

By beating Holden in the 2015 sales race, Mazda has become the first full-line vehicle importer to crack the top-two in the Australian market for a full calendar year. The Japanese brand sold 114,024 vehicles in 2015, representing healthy growth of 13.2 per cent over 2014. This propelled the company from bronze to silver, given local hero Holden shrunk 3 per cent to 102,951...

Mazda says "no plans" for MPS revival

Mazda has ruled out bringing back the Mazda performance series (MPS) versions of the Mazda3 and Mazda6 despite announcing its intentions of creating a top-spec rotary-powered sports car. The Mazda3 MPS was available with both the first and second generation Mazda3, while the Mazda6 MPS last went out of production in 2008. Both cars used a 2...

Mazda MPS performance renaissance on cards

The Mazda 3 MPS will return, but not for quite a while yet. On the plus side, the Japanese company could be aiming for hotted-up performance versions of multiple models such as the Mazda 6 and forthcoming CX-4 as well. The drivetrain of choice for bigger versions, as we understand it, could be a turbocharged version of the current 2...

2015 Mazda 6 : pricing and specifications

The facelifted 2015 Mazda 6 range has landed with a largely unchanged pricing structure, increased technology never seen before in the Japanese medium car line-up and the promise of improved ride comfort and refinement. Still available with either 2.5-litre petrol four-cylinder or 2...

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...