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Home » Green Car News » Mazda Green Cars

Upgraded Mazda3 range now on sale

24 February 2012

Upgraded Mazda3 range now on sale uk


The upgraded version of Mazda’s best-selling model worldwide, the Mazda3, is now on sale from Ł13,495 (on-the-road), which includes a Ł2,300 saving (1.6 TS model).  Made exclusively in Japan, the five-door hatchback has more muscular visual appeal with a new face, new rear bumper and new twist-spoke alloy wheels.  Inside, there are new materials and colours, improved ease-of-use for the driver, new equipment and a quieter cabin for all to enjoy.

Fuel economy across the range is enhanced thanks to the new model’s refined aerodynamics which cut Cd to just 0.29.  Handling is improved with the upgraded Mazda3 delivering a more consistent and linear driving feel.  New models include two Sport derivatives and new equipment includes a gear-shift indicator (excludes 2.3-litre MZR DISI Turbo engine). 

“We anticipate that the upgraded Mazda3 will enable us to increase sales of our C-segment contender during 2012,” comments Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK.  “Mazda3 was already a great car and the changes to the upgraded model are subtle but every one makes a difference to either fuel economy or driving feel.

“The outgoing Mazda3 was the second-best selling Mazda model in the UK and took us into different segments of the retail and fleet markets.  The 1.6 diesel has been hugely popular and the 2.2 diesel with 185ps is still the highest power C-segment diesel model of any brand available in the UK market place,” adds Allibon.

“The introduction of the more sporty exterior, more premium interior and two new Sport models with the 1.6 diesel powertrain for 2012, plus worthwhile fuel consumption and CO2emissions reductions, means we are confident that the upgraded Mazda3 will attract a growing number of consumers to our brand,” concludes Allibon.

When upgrading the Mazda3, the company’s engineers fine-tuned the suspension and steering to deliver more ‘Toitsukan’ – more linear steering feel for more control and assured predictability, plus a smoother ride and improved refinement.  The super-efficient Mazda 1.6-litre diesel, available in six versions of Mazda3, is a lightweight, compact and extremely efficient unit.

On the inside, upgraded Mazda3 features updates to create a more stylish interior that retains its functionality and is even easier to use.  Designers focused on reducing the amount of eye-movement required to use the car’s onboard systems from behind the wheel.  They replaced the previous silver colour of the lower dashboard console with black, and ringed the dials and controls most used by the driver in satin-polish silver that’s easier to see.  

Every upgraded Mazda3 has a generous standard specification within its price band.  The entry-level S model has manual air-conditioning and electric front windows, TS models have dual-zone climate control, TS2 specification adds a heated windscreen and integrated Bluetooth® hands-free system, Sport derivatives are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels and a Bose® audio system with 10 speakers, and Sport Nav models have a fully integrated, satellite navigation system. 

From introduction, two Launch Edition Mazda3 Tamura models are available, representing exceptional value with a sports styling pack, front fog lights and unique 17-inch black gloss diamond cut alloy wheels.  Available in a choice of four colours including: Aluminium Silver Metallic, Autumn Bronze Mica, Black Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent. 

The 1.6-litre diesel models offer ‘low’ CO2 emissions (115g/km) and a combined cycle fuel economy of 65.7mpg. The CO2 figure means that the new models slip in to the 17 percent company car benefit-in-tax bracket for diesel models in 2012/13.

The 150ps 2.2-litre MZR-CD diesel model emits 139g/km - reduced from 144g/km - putting the model into the 21 percent tax bracket in 2012/13, while the 185ps 2.2-litre MZR-CD diesel model benefits from a 5g/km emissions drop to 144g/km putting it in the 22 percent tax bracket in 2012/13.

Virtually the entire upgraded range also benefits from fuel economy improvements with the 150ps model receiving a 2mpg boost to record a combined cycle figure of 54.3mpg and the 185ps derivative getting a 1.9mpg improvement to 52.3mpg.

The CO2 output of the 1.6-litre MZR petrol model is 149g/km with combined cycle fuel economy of 43.5mpg, the 2.0-litre MZR DISI petrol is 157g/km - due in part to the innovative ‘i-Stop’ (Smart Idling Stop System) - with a combined cycle fuel economy of 42.2mpg.


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