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2021 Mazda BT-50 scores five stars for safety, loses points for pedestrian protection

The Mazda BT-50 has been awarded a five-star safety rating, making it one of the safest utes on sale in Australia alongside its twin under the skin, the Isuzu D-Max. However, testing by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) – which compares crash safety, collision avoidance technology, and likely injuries to pedestrians and cyclists – found the Mazda BT-50’s bold nose marked it down slightly compared to the Isuzu D-Max...

CarAdvice decides: New D-Max, or new BT-50?

Never ask a parent who their favourite child is – doubly so when it's twins. Of course, the crowd in the CarAdvice content team could never cower before such tough questions, so here it is: of the new-generation 2021 Isuzu D-Max and 2021 Mazda BT-50 twins, which would our team James Ward – Director of Content D-Max – the black contrast elements on the X-Terrain look much tougher than the chrome on the Mazda, and for mine, that's a big part of a ute's appeal...

Mazda's rotary engine to return as a range-extender in MX-30

The 2021 Mazda MX-30 electric vehicle will receive a rotary engine as a range-extender, the company has confirmed. Overnight, Mazda released a video with details of its MX-30, and revealed the iconic rotary engine would be fitted as an option on the small electric SUV...

2021 Isuzu MU-X, Mazda 'CX-70' SUVs imagined

With the 'Isuzda' alliance up and running, now that both the 2021 Isuzu D-Max and 2021 Mazda BT-50 ranges have hit Australian showrooms, what else can we expect from the Isuzu-Mazda partnership? Well, we don't know for sure. The recent discovery of a series of MU-X patent images paints a clear picture of what Isuzu has in store for its seven-seat SUV range...

Mazda announces prices for 700 limited-edition 100th anniversary models – UPDATE

UPDATE, 2/10/20: This article was originally published in June 2020 but has been updated with pricing details for several of Mazda's 100th Anniversary special edition models. Details in the story. Mazda has confirmed the Australian arrival of 700 limited models in honour of its 100th anniversary, with its entire range of vehicles receiving the special-edition upgrade...

2021 Mazda CX-30 manual introduced, special-edition pricing announced

The 2021 Mazda CX-30 is now cheaper thanks to the addition of a manual variant, while a new special edition tops the range. The Mazda now starts at $28,990 before on-road costs for the manual front-wheel-drive 2.0-litre CX-30 G20 Pure, which is $1000 cheaper than the automatic model...

2021 Mazda BT-50 v Isuzu D-Max: Price and equipment differences

The 2021 Mazda BT-50 and Isuzu D-Max are twins under the skin, made on the same production line and – presumably – cost the same to build. But as we discovered, manufacturing cost has little to do with how car companies set prices – and there are numerous examples that defy logic...

2021 Mazda BT-50 price and specs: Dual-cab from $44,090 plus on-road costs

UPDATE, 22 September: Pricing for the 2021 Mazda BT-50 range has been announced, with the XT dual-cab chassis 4x2 kicking off the line-up at $44,090 plus on-road costs. At the top-end of the range is the Mazda BT-50 GT dual-cab pick-up (style-side tub) 4x4 automatic at $59,990 plus-on road costs. The new 2021 Mazda BT-50 goes on sale from 1 October 2020...

Mazda rumoured to be developing more hybrid options

Mazda is planning to offer a hybrid version of the Mazda 2 hatch when the new model is revealed in 2021, according to Japanese website BestCarWeb. The report suggests the next-generation Mazda 2 will be offered with a hybrid 1.5-litre turbo petrol three-cylinder – similar to the Toyota Yaris Hybrid's specification, but with the added benefit of a turbocharger...

2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo revealed

Following the release of a teaser earlier this month, the 2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo has been officially unveiled by Mazda’s Mexican division, adding some much-needed turbocharged spice to the brand’s premium compact SUV. Under the bonnet is the same 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine as the related Mazda 3 2...

2021 Mazda CX-30 Turbo to be revealed September 17 - UPDATE

UPDATE, September 8: A new post in the Instagram Stories page for Mazda of Mexico, the brand's regional president Miguel Barbeyto has confirmed a big Mazda CX-30 turbo reveal will occur on September 17 (likely September 18 in Australian time). The same was posted to the company's Twitter profile. The short statement translates to: "There is a strong rumor about CX-30 and its turbo version...