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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.
2015 Mazda 2 production to shift from Japan to Thailand

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2015 Mazda 2 production to shift from Japan to Thailand

Production of Australia’s Mazda 2 will relocate from Japan to Thailand for the introduction of the third-generation model in November. Mazda Australia public relations senior manager Steve Maciver confirmed the shift was part of the company’s global strategy to more evenly distribute production across Japan and other countries...

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2015 Mazda 2 sacrifices space for style, executives admit
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2015 Mazda 2 sacrifices space for style, executives admit

A key player in the development of the all-new Mazda 2 admits the car’s styling is partly to blame for its interior being smaller than that of the old model. Despite being 160mm longer from nose to tail (4060mm), 20mm taller (1495mm) and riding on an 80mm-longer wheelbase (2570mm), the third-generation city car is actually smaller than its predecessor in a number of key interior dimensions...


Mazda 2 MPS : Baby hot-hatch a chance later in model lifecycle, says sales boss
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Mazda 2 MPS : Baby hot-hatch a chance later in model lifecycle, says sales boss

A Mazda 2 MPS hot-hatch is under consideration and could emerge later in the third-generation city car’s lifecycle, according to the brand’s international sales boss. Mazda Motor Corporation global sales and marketing general manager Yasuhiro Aoyama told CarAdvice a sports variant of the all-new Mazda 2 could be introduced down the track to maintain interest in the model as it ages...


2015 Mazda 2 : New details of third-generation city car
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2015 Mazda 2 : New details of third-generation city car

Fresh details of the all-new Mazda 2 have been released ahead of its introduction to Australian showrooms on November 1. The third-generation city car will be available in our market with two tunes of a new 1.5-litre direct-injection four-cylinder petrol engine...


Mazda to offer diesel-electric hybrid from 2016 - report
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Mazda to offer diesel-electric hybrid from 2016 - report

Mazda is planning to launch a diesel-electric hybrid in the Japanese and European markets from 2016. According to a report in The Yomiuri Shimbun, Mazda is currently developing a diesel-electric hybrid drivetrain. The scheduled launch date is during the 2016 Japanese financial year, which runs from the beginning of April 2016 through to end of March 2017...


Mazda CX-5 facelift spy photos
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Mazda CX-5 facelift spy photos

The popular Mazda CX-5 is being prepped for a light facelift, and our spy photographers have managed to snag us a first look at the mildly revised SUV. Lauded by critics and embraced by the public — it's a regular feature on the top 10 sellers list in Australia — Mazda is clearly doing something right with the CX-5...


2015 Mazda 2 : $28,000 driveway price revealed in competition fine print
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2015 Mazda 2 : $28,000 driveway price revealed in competition fine print

The approximate price of the all-new 2015 Mazda 2 has been inadvertently revealed in the fine print of a competition giving Australians the chance to win one of the first examples of the third-generation city car. Point 8a in the terms and conditions of the ‘Win an all-new Mazda 2 and a day trip’ promotion lists the value of a “new Mazda 2 petrol hatch automatic” at $28,000...


2015 Mazda MX-5 teaser photo posted on Facebook
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2015 Mazda MX-5 teaser photo posted on Facebook

A Facebook event page hosted by Mazda's American arm has posted an official teaser image of the all-new fourth-generation Mazda MX-5. The event invite page, titled "2016 MX-5 Miata Reveal", was setup by Mazda USA's official Facebook profile. The event's banner image is of a two-seat roadster under a shroud of sheeting (above)...


2015 Mazda MX-5 spied on the road in Japan
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2015 Mazda MX-5 spied on the road in Japan

The all-new 2015 Mazda MX-5 has been spotted on the road in Japan. Images of the 2015 MX-5 - which is due to be revealed on September 3/4 in three separate locations around the world - were uploaded to Imgur over the weekend by user meshcount. The images appear to show the car in its production body, with little or no body-disguising cladding fitted to the car...


Mazda hints at new-generation CX-7 to fill the gap between CX-5 and CX-9
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Mazda hints at new-generation CX-7 to fill the gap between CX-5 and CX-9

A new-generation Mazda CX-7 that could fill the gap between the highly-popular CX-5 and the much larger CX-9 has been hinted at by the company’s Australian chief. Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders suggested to CarAdvice that there could be a gap to be filled in between the smaller and larger SUVs in its range...


Mazda BT-50 facelift confirmed for 2015
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Mazda BT-50 facelift confirmed for 2015

The Mazda BT-50 will receive a new look in 2015. Confirmation of the facelift for the Mazda BT-50 ute should mean the brand will be able to push more BT-50s in the fleet buyer segment, according to Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders. “It will be next year,” Benders said...


Mazda not interested in the people-mover segment
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Mazda not interested in the people-mover segment

Mazda Australia says it is content with its seven-seat CX-9 SUV and won’t look at offering a people-mover van. The people-mover segment has recently expanded to include the all-new Honda Odyssey and will soon see the introduction of an all-new Kia Carnival, and while Mazda has a van that would be suitable for our market - the Mazda 8 or MPV, above - the company’s local managing director Martin Benders told CarAdvice there’s no interest in any such model...


2015 Mazda MX-5 to start below $40,000
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2015 Mazda MX-5 to start below $40,000

The 2015 Mazda MX-5 is almost certain to start below $40,000 when it arrives in Australia next year. Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders told CarAdvice that there were ways the all-new sports convertible could drop to a new price point that would help the brand target younger buyers in the vein of the budget-friendly Toyota 86...


Mazda RX-7 expected in 2017
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Mazda RX-7 expected in 2017

An all-new, rotary-powered Mazda RX-7 appears a step closer to being reincarnated. Mazda Australia managing director Martin Benders said there’s currently a lot of internal chatter surrounding a new-generation rotary-powered RX-7. “I’m just saying, my personal opinion is I’m hearing more noise. That’s all I can tell you,” he said...


2014 Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary pricing announced
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2014 Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary pricing announced

Pricing for the limited edition 2014 Mazda MX-5 25th Anniversary model has been announced as the brand gears up to bid farewell to the current-generation car. The 25th Anniversary MX-5 was revealed at the 2014 New York auto show in April, and sold out in a matter of minutes in the US and Japan...


Mazda expands lifetime capped-price servicing to all models; existing owners covered as well
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Mazda expands lifetime capped-price servicing to all models; existing owners covered as well

Mazda has expanded its retroactive lifetime capped-price service plan beyond just the Mazda3 and onto the entire passenger and commercial vehicle line-up.  Called Mazda Service Select, the plan covers the entire life of every Mazda vehicle, and also changes the increments of services from a rigid six-months/10,000km to as much as 12-months/10,000km, meaning low-mileage drivers aren’t necessarily forced into visiting their dealers twice a year...


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...


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 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...


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 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...


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...