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Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Toyota VP of Sales and Marketing, Sean Hanley

On this week's podcast are Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Mike Stevens. Mike Costello talks about the new car sales figures for January and reviews the Mazda CX-30.  Toyota vice president of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, joins us to talk about EVs, Tundra potential, and the waiting time on the RAV4 Hybrid...

Mazda Australia still undecided on MX-30 electric car

Mazda Australia has delayed a decision on whether to import the MX-30 electric car, but promises to make its plan public by the middle of this year. Australia's second-most popular car brand revealed its first EV at last October’s Tokyo Motor Show, a 4.4-metre long high-riding hatch with ‘freestyle’ rear-opening back doors, interior materials including recycled plastic and cork, and a 35...

2020 Mazda CX-30 pricing and specs

Mazda has announced pricing for the hotly-anticipated CX-30 SUV, kicking off at $29,990 before on-road costs – or around $4000 more than the equivalent 3 hatchback. NOTE: This story was first published in November 2019. The CX-30 is now on sale in Australia, and our Australian launch review is now live. Read it here...

Mazda RX-9 to use turbocharged inline six – report

Rumours continue to swirl about a new generation of RX sports car for the Mazda line. Recently, we’ve heard Mazda will share a rear-wheel-drive platform with Lexus and introduce inline six-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. We’ve even seen a patent filing that hinted at a new flagship sports car for the brand...

2020 Mazda CX-30 scores five stars in ANCAP testing

Mazda's important CX-30 SUV has achieved five stars in ANCAP testing, returning the highest score for Adult Occupant Protection in the road safety body's history. The high-riding CX-30, which rivals the Kia Seltos, scored 99 per cent for Adult Occupant Protection. It also returned an impressive 88 per cent for Child Occupant Protection, and 80 per cent for Vulnerable Road User Protection...

Beat the price rises: currency pressure poised to push up the cost of cars in 2020

After three decades of record low prices and affordability, Australia’s top-selling cars are on the brink of becoming more expensive. Car companies are warning dealers they can no longer absorb the cost of unfavourable exchange rates. They have been told prices of popular models could rise by between $500 and $1000 – and discounts will be not as generous as they have been in the recent past...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Corolla v Mazda3 sedans

Join Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey for the first podcast back for 2020! We chat with Mike Duff about his drive in the Aston Martin DBX prototype and discuss if it feels like an Aston Martin. Mike compares the 2020 Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 sedans. We talk to CarAdvice reader Tim about his owner review of the 2017 Holden Astra RS, which he bought new...

2020 Mazda CX-9 pricing and specs

The Mazda CX-9 family SUV has picked up a range of upgrades to kick off 2020. All versions get a new iteration of the company's G-Vectoring software that cuts throttle input to stabilise the car in corners through weight transfer. This new system also uses brake-torque vectoring...

Recall roundup: Mazda, Volvo, BMW

A number of models have suffered recalls in this first month of 2020, including examples from Mazda, Volvo and BMW. The new-generation Mazda3 is the subject of two recalls in January. The first, affecting 13,768 examples of the popular small car, involves its autonomous emergency braking system...

More than 18,000 Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki cars forced off the road in recall for new type of deadly Takata airbag

More than 18,000 Toyota, Mazda and Suzuki cars made between 1996 and 1999 have been ordered off the road due to a new type of deadly Takata airbag – in a recall estimated to cost in excess of $54 million to buy back affected vehicles. Toyota is offering to buy back vehicles or provide long-term alternative car hire until replacement airbags are available...

Mazda MX-30 lifecycle emissions similar to diesel hatchback - report

Mazda says it's chosen a 'responsibly' sized battery pack for its first electric vehicle, the MX-30 SUV, arguing even an electric vehicle with small batteries is barely better for the environment than a diesel hatchback. Referencing a lifecycle emissions analysis published on Automotive News Europe, the company says the 35...