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Mazda MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition sold out Down Under

Mazda's very orange MX-5 30th Anniversary Edition has sold out in Australia, with the majority headed for Victoria. A third of Australia's 30-unit allocation is headed to Victoria, while nine will make their way to New South Wales, four to Queensland, three to the ACT, two to South Australia and one to Tasmania...

2019 Mazda 3 recalled

The new 'BP' Mazda 3 has been recalled over an issue with its seat belt and front passenger indicator lamps. According to Mazda, the seatbelt indicator and front passenger airbag deactivation lamps mightn't work correctly. The former could turn off when the seatbelts aren't fastened, the latter may turn off when the passenger airbag isn't active...

Mazda to launch electric car in 2020, plug-in hybrids from 2021

Akira Marumoto, CEO of Mazda, has outlined the automaker's near-term electrification plans, with regulations in Europe and China forcing the Japanese company to add electric and plug-in hybrid models to its range. In an interview with Automotive News Europe Marumoto (below) revealed the company will launch its first electric car in 2020, and it will be based on a Mazda architecture...

Mazda confirms Skyactiv-X outputs

Mazda has revealed how much power its high-tech 2.0-litre Skyactiv-X petrol engine, which leans on diesel-style compression ignition, will make when it launches in the European Mazda 3. First up, the numbers. Peak power is 132kW (177hp) at 6000rpm and peak torque is 224Nm at 3000rpm, and the engine will return 53.5mpg (5...

2019 Mazda BT-50 Boss revealed from $55,990

Mazda has added a new Boss to the BT-50 line-up, slotting a tougher-looking model above the existing GT flagship. Priced at $55,990 drive-away, the new BT-50 Boss gets a new eight-speaker Alpine audio system, including independent tweeters in the a-pillar for a 'pleasant upper range sound'. Otherwise, the car shares its specification with the BT-50 GT...

2019 Mazda 6 pricing and specs

Mazda Australia has announced some subtle updates for the Mazda 6 mid-sizer, just 12 months after the refreshed model went on sale Down Under. UPDATE, 29/5/19: The original version of this article stated there were price increases of around $2000 across the range. Mazda Australia alerted CarAdvice to a recent price increase for the Mazda 6 range from April 1, 2019, which was $1000 more than the 2018 model...

ANCAP: Mazda 3, Evoque, RAV4, Touareg, UX get 5 star ratings

Independent crash testing firm, ANCAP, has released its latest round of safety scores this week, with several new models getting the full five stars. Among these were the Lexus UX, Mazda 3, Range Rover Evoque, Toyota RAV4 and Volkswagen Touareg...

2019 Mazda 3 sedan pricing and specs

The new-generation Mazda 3 sedan has hit Australian showrooms, priced from the same $24,990 entry point as its hatchback twin. Apart from the obvious design differences, the sedan-bodied 3 gets a much larger 444-litre boot (the hatch offers 295L), which is also up 34L on the previous-generation sedan...

Mazda 3 turbo hot hatch percolating

The odds of a turbocharged Mazda 3 hot hatch returning to the fold in the near future remain long, but the company’s over-performing Australian division strongly supports the cause. Given the new generation Mazda 3 hatch is unashamedly a design-led model, sacrificing interior space to give you a coupe-like look and feel, a reborn MPS-type offer seems an obvious addition...

Mazda MX-5: Manual sales dominating Down Under, and in the USA

We're often told manual cars don't sell in meaningful numbers Down Under, but certain models buck the trend. Models like the Mazda MX-5. A recent report from the USA revealed 76% of MX-5 soft-top buyers are opting for three-pedal cars, and 52% of RF buyers are choosing to row their own. Which got us wondering if the story is the same in Australia...

2016-18 Mazda BT-50 recalled over two issues

Mazda has recalled the 2016-18 BT-50 over two separate brake issues, following in the footsteps of Ford and the Ranger. Where Ford issued separate recall notices for the Ranger, Mazda has bundled the BT-50s affected into one basket. The first issue surrounds the front brake hose...