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Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Mazda

Mazda Completes Exclusive Vehicle Assembly Facility in Malaysia

On 16/5/2014, Mazda Motor Corporation announced the completion of a Mazda-exclusive vehicle assembly facility within the grounds of a plant owned by Inokom and located in Kulim, in the Malaysian state of Kedah. Mass production of the Mazda CX-5 for Malaysia and Thailand started at the facility.

Mazda Completes Exclusive Vehicle Assembly Facility in Malaysia

Mazda began local production of the Mazda3 on a consignment basis with Inokom in January 2011. Since March 2013, the Mazda CX-5 has been produced at a Mazda-exclusive body shop constructed as one of the measures to reinforce the local production framework. This body shop, and the vehicle assembly facility which began operating today, are the result of an approximately RM100 million investment by Mazda Malaysia, a company that oversees the production and sales of Mazda vehicles in Malaysia. Total annual production capacity of both facilities is approximately 20,000 units, and production of the all-new Mazda3 for Malaysia is scheduled to begin within 2014. The Mazda-exclusive body shop and vehicle assembly facility give Mazda more flexibility with the production plan and allows the company to implement enhanced quality control measures. 

At an opening ceremony held at the new plant today, Mazda’s Executive Officer and General Manager of Hiroshima Plant, Masatoshi Maruyama said, “Mazda regards Malaysia as a key production base in the ASEAN region and we are very pleased to further strengthen our local production framework here with the completion of this Mazda-exclusive vehicle assembly facility. Moving forward, in strong partnerships with Bermaz Motor and Inokom, Mazda will continue bringing out unique and high-quality products, full of the joy of driving. Our sincere hope is that both here in Malaysia, and all over the world, these cars will enrich the lives of our customers, and help to build a special bond between them and the Mazda brand.”

Mazda to Exhibit All-New Mazda3 at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

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Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the recently-released Mazda Axela (known as Mazda3 overseas) with a variety of engine types at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. Mazda’s latest models and technologies, such as to the Mazda CX-5 crossover SUV and the flagship Mazda Atenza (Mazda6 overseas), will also be on display. Both models feature SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and 
the KODO – Soul of Motion design theme. The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public on November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight. The Mazda Axela goes on sale in Japan on 21 November 2013.

All-New 2014 Mazda 3 / Axela Unveiled in New York

A couple of days ago, Mazda Motor Corporation revealed the hatchback version of the all-new Mazda3/Axela. The third generation of Mazda3 adopted the KODO – Soul of Motion design theme and the full-suite of SKYACTIV Technologies like its other siblings. The new Mazda3 will be launched around the globe, with sales starting in North American markets from later this year.

2014 Mazda3 / Axela

With the KODO design, the Mazda3 suggests exhilarating driving at first glance. In addition, SKYACTIV Technology delivers a “jinba-ittai” experience of oneness between car and driver, which deepens with every mile driven. Introduced for the first time with the 3rd generation Mazda3 is a new car connectivity system that broadens the scope of that driving experience. The system features a new Human Machine Interface (HMI) that is designed with the highest priority placed on driving safety. A wide range of Mazda’s i-ACTIVSENSE advanced active safety technologies aid the driver in recognizing and avoiding hazards. Mazda has consistently aimed to offer customers driving pleasure and this compelling package ensures the all-new Mazda3 is no exception.

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The global engine line-up includes a new SKYACTIV-G 1.5 litre gasoline engine in addition to 2.0 and 2.5 litre engines and a 2.2 litre clean diesel engine. The line-up will be optimized for each market to meet the diverse needs of a wide variety of customers around the world. A sedan model featuring a hybrid electric powertrain will be available in Japan.

Photo Gallery: 2014 Mazda3/Axela

Mazda 3 2015 Spy Shot, Interior & Render

The next Mazda 3 expected to debut 2014 is spied while doing some road test in Europe. The Mazda 3 prototype were wearing pattern camouflage but the Mazda’s Kodo design language can all been seen with the shapes and curves of the car.

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The next generation of Mazda 3 front is expected to look very much like its siblings (Mazda 6, Mazda CX-5). As we can see there will be a prominent black grille and angled headlights to replace the current model’s smiley face look with a more serious look.

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The above photo is a render impression of the how the next generation of Mazda 3 would look like based on the spied shots gathered.

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The interior of the Mazda 3 share some design of the Mazda 6,CX5. However we also notice some similarity from  Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the BMW 2-series. The top of the dashboard is fitted with fairly large screen likely for entertainment and navigation system. The center console with hand brake area also features 2 dials ( one bigger and one smaller) likely to use to control the in car entertainment / navigation system. Overall, the new interior looks more premium than its competition in the segment (Example, Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla Altis and etc).

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The next generation of Mazda 3 will feature all the Skyactiv technology from Mazda as well as we do expect i-Stop and i-Eloop system to be fitted into certain models. 

Gallery : Mazda 3 2015 Spy Shots

2013 Mazda Atenza Launched in Japanese Domestic Market

Mazda Motor Corporation has officially launched the all-new Mazda Atenza in Japan. This model is also known overseas as Mazda6. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the all-new Mazda Atenza ranges from 2,500,000 yen to 3,400,000 yen including tax. Likewise, Mazda expects to sell 1,000 units per month in their domestic market.

 

2013 Mazda Atenza

 

The all-new Atenza is Mazda’s flagship model and adopts the company’s new-generation SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and new design theme, KODO – Soul of Motion. All model grades are equipped with the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY in order to provide powerful and refined driving with a comfortable and high quality ride. The engine line-up includes the SKYACTIV-D 2.2, a highly-efficient and powerful new-generation clean diesel engine. All models come with i-stop, Mazda’s idling stop system, and i-ELOOP, a new brake energy regeneration system.

 

The all-new Atenza also incorporates i-ACTIVSENSE, a series of advanced safety technologies designed to support safe driving. Using cameras and millimeter-wave radars to detect obstacles, i-ACTIVSENSE includes systems which automatically apply the brakes in an emergency, sound an alarm if the vehicle drifts out of its lane, and prevent the car from taking off if the driver mistakenly steps on the accelerator instead of the brake. The all-new Atenza offers an ideal driving environment. The driver’s field of vision has been widened by moving the A-pillar rearward and positioning the tire house farther forward has allowed a natural pedal layout with no offset. Make no mistake, the all-new Atenza is exactly the same look as the upcoming Mazda6 in our shore.

 

The below are the all-new Atenza (Mazda6) variants for the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM)

 

Body
type

 

Model grade

 

Engine

 

Transmission

 

Fuel economy
(JC08 mode test cycle)

 

Sedan

 

XD

 

SKYACTIV-D 2.2

 

6-speed MT

 

22.4km/L

 

XD, XD L package

 

SKYACTIV-D 2.2

 

6-speed EC-AT

 

20.0km/L

 

25S L package

 

SKYACTIV-G 2.5

 

6-speed EC-AT

 

15.6km/L

 

20S

 

SKYACTIV-G 2.0

 

6-speed EC-AT

 

17.4km/L

 

Wagon

 

XD

 

SKYACTIV-D 2.2

 

6-speed MT

 

22.2km/L

 

XD, XD L package

 

SKYACTIV-D 2.2

 

6-speed EC-AT

 

20.0km/L

 

25S L package

 

SKYACTIV-G 2.5

 

6-speed EC-AT

 

15.6km/L

 

20S

 

SKYACTIV-G 2.0

 

6-speed EC-AT

 

17.4km/L

 

 

Photo Gallery: 2013 Mazda Atenza