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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...

Mazda and Driver Dynamics take North Melbourne Kangaroos to school

Mazda Australia and the North Melbourne Football Club have teamed up with Driver Dynamics to teach some of the AFL's youngest players how to stay safe behind the wheel. Attending a Level 1 Driver Dynamics defensive driving course at Melbourne’s Sandown Raceway – as part of the AFL’s player welfare initiative – a handful of first- and second-year North Melbourne Football Club players tackled a day of theory and practical learning...

2016 Mazda 3 pricing and specifications

The current-generation Mazda 3 sedan and hatch range this week received its first significant update since launch in January 2014, bringing minor cosmetic changes outside and in, along with significant improvements in active safety and dynamism. As before, the Mazda 3 range is available in Neo, Maxx, Touring, SP25, SP25 GT and SP25 Astina variants, all in hatch and sedan body-styles...

Mazda MX-5: next generation could feature carbon-fibre, three-cylinder engines

Despite the fourth-generation Mazda MX-5 only going on sale last year, Nobuhiro Yamamoto, the car's program manager, has revealed some details about the next-generation model. Yamamoto told Autocar that the fifth-generation MX-5, which isn't due until 2021 at the very earliest, will attempt to shed more weight...

2015-16 Mazda 2 recalled for fuel leak fix

Mazda has issued a recall for 1248 of its current-generation 2015-16 ‘DJ’ Mazda 2 hatchback, over concerns a fuel leak could pose a fire risk. The manufacturer reports the welding between the fuel tank and rollover valve (ROV) may peel off over time, causing a fuel leak. A fuel leak poses a fire risk, which is a safety hazard for occupants of the vehicle and other road users...

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...

2016 Mazda 3 facelift goes official, Australian debut coming soon

The Mazda 3 facelift has been officially unveiled in Japan ahead of its arrival in local showrooms at the beginning of August. Visually, Mazda has resisted the temptation to meddle too much with what has been a successful formula for the 3, known as the Axela in Japan...

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...

2017 Mazda 3 facelift: leaked Japanese brochure surfaces online - UPDATED

UPDATE: The updated Mazda 3 has now surfaced in further detail, thanks to a leaked brochure out of Japan. New information has been included at the bottom of this article. A photo claimed to be from a brochure for the facelifted Mazda 3 range was published online overnight. Sent by a reader to Carscoops, the image seems to show the facelifted Mazda 3 hatch, known in its home market as the Mazda Axela...

Mazda and Isuzu announce ute deal

Mazda has announced that its next-generation BT-50 ute will be based on the next Isuzu D-Max, signalling a shift away from a long-running arrangement with Ford. The two Japanese companies today announced a “basic agreement” that will see Isuzu produce the next generation of Mazda utes, based on Isuzu’s pickup model...

Mazda CX-9 won’t be penalised by lack of diesel option, brand claims

The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 will be offered solely with a petrol drivetrain, but the Japanese company’s local arm isn’t worried. The Mazda CX-9’s 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine is, as far as claimed fuel use goes, a lot more efficient than its competitors. The front-wheel-drive versions of the CX-9 use a claimed 8...