Understand Mazda's terminology.


Adaptive LED Headlamps (ALH)

ALH individually controls a number of LEDs to broaden visibility at low speeds, avoid dazzling others on high beam, and extend vision at highway speeds.

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Stands for Australasian New Car Assessment Program – an independent body that provides consumers with important vehicle safety information and ratings.

ABS brakes

An anti-lock braking system (ABS) is a safety anti-skid braking system used in Mazda vehicles. ABS operates by preventing the wheels from locking up during braking, thereby maintaining tractive contact with the road surface.


All-Wheel Drive (AWD) is a vehicle equipped with a powertrain capable of providing power to all four wheels, either full-time or on-demand.


Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM)

Also known as: Blind Spot Warning

BSM scans external mirrors’ blind spots up to 50m behind your vehicle, detecting unseen vehicles and alerting you of any potential hazardous lane changes.

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Concept cars

Concept cars are vehicles created by Mazda to help set the future direction of our products. They explore what's possible from a design and performance perspective and provide consumers with an exciting look at what's to come.

Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS)

Availability varies by model.

By assisting with accelerator, brake pedal and steering operations when stuck in traffic jams on the highway, CTS contributes to reducing driver fatigue and supports a safer, more reassuring and comfortable driving experience. CTS automatically operates the accelerator and brake pedals to maintain a proper trailing distance between you and the vehicle ahead. In addition, it assists with steering to keep the car in its proper lane.

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Driver Attention Alert (DAA)

When driving above 65km/h for longer periods, the DAA system monitors your input and provides a visual warning if it detects signs of fatigue.

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Driver monitoring

Availability varies by model.

This newly developed technology uses a camera to observe the driver’s condition while driving. It detects sleepiness or inattention by monitoring changes in expression or movement of the driver’s line of sight. When the system determines danger, it sounds an alert while also hastening the warning timing for automatic braking to help prepare for a potential incident.

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Electric Parking Brake

The Electric Parking Brake replaces the traditional handle brake with a simple button powered by an electric motor.


Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA)

Availability varies by model.

When pulling out of T-intersections and driveways, FCTA checks for approaching vehicles in your blind spots either side of the front of your Mazda. At speeds of around 10km/h or less, when an oncoming vehicle is detected it sounds a warning.

Front parking sensors

Availability varies by model.

Front sensors on either side of the front of your Mazda enable you to manouever with ease with audible alerts guiding you safely.


G-Vectoring Control

G-Vectoring Control advances ambiance and driving comfort by finely controlling engine torque based on your steering and acceleration. This helps reduce driver fatigue and creates a smoother ride with better handling.

Genuine Parts

Mazda Genuine Parts are manufactured by Mazda Corporation to the same specifications as the parts sold in new Mazda vehicles. See accessories to learn more.


Hill Descent Control (HDC)

While you’re on steep slopes, you can engage Hill Descent Control (HDC) to maintain steady control of your speed.

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Hill Launch Assist (HLA)

Remove your foot from the brake on an incline and Hill Launch Assist (HLA) keeps the brakes applied, releasing them when there’s enough power for a smooth start.

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A suite of revolutionary technologies that make our cars smart and safe. We’ve created detection devices in milliwave radars and cameras to help recognize hazards and avoid collisions.


i-ACTIV AWD uses real-time data from 27 different sensors to monitor, predict and respond to even the slightest change in driving conditions. This improves traction and grip, giving you a connection to the road that’s unbeatable.


i-STOP is a smart technology that saves fuel by switching the engine off when the vehicle comes to a stop.


Jinba Ittai

Jinba Ittai is a Japanese term meaning 'horse and rider as one'. This expression is adopted by Mazda engineers when creating all Mazda vehicles to help deliver the innate feeling of connectedness between car and driver.


Kodo Design

Kodo 'Soul of Motion' design is Mazda’s design philosophy, capturing the very instant energy becomes motion. It’s a fusion of functionality and beauty - the muscular vigour you see when an animal pounces. The sleek and aerodynamic lines of every Mazda is enhanced by this visionary design philosophy. 

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Lane Departure Warning (LDW)

Also known as: Lane Keep Assist System (LAS), Electronic Stability Control (ESC)

LDW monitors road markings and alerts you if you’re straying from your lane. If no action is taken, it will apply corrective steering to help guide you back.

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MZD Connect

Mazda’s proprietary in-car infotainment system that incorporates Bluetooth, navigation, entertainment and more.

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Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC)

With the ability to bring you to a complete stop in traffic and take off again once traffic moves, MRCC with Stop & Go function adjusts your speed to maintain a safe distance from the car ahead.

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Mazda Toolbox

Mazda Toolbox is a free tool designed to work with your MZD Connect system. It manages all content on your device, keeps your maps up-to-date, and installs any purchased connected services.

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Mazda Service Select

Mazda Service Select is our dedicated service program designed to provide a flexible, more convenient way to service your Mazda.

Made up of two parts, it includes Base Scheduled Maintenance – which is required every 10,000kms or 12 months whichever comes first- and Additional Scheduled Maintenance items that are additional to Base Scheduled Maintenance and are required when they fall due.

BT-50 vehicles built from 01/07/2016 require Base Scheduled Maintenance every 15,000 km or 12 months whichever comes first - and Additional Scheduled Maintenance items that are additional to Base Scheduled Maintenance and are required when they fall due.

Please visit our Servicing page to find out more.


Newton metres

The unit that measures the torque (or low-end pulling power) of a vehicle. Not to be mistaken with kilowatts which is used to measure higher RPM power.



The feeling you get at the wheel of a Mazda. It's this level of innate responsiveness that we build in to every vehicle to ensure your Mazda feels like an extension of you.



Powertrain describes the main components that generate power and deliver it to the road surface, water, or air. This includes the engine, transmission, drive shafts, differentials, and the final drive (drive wheels, continuous track as in military tanks or caterpillar tractors, propeller, etc.).


Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)

RCTA helps you safely reverse out of any parking space by scanning your environment and alerting you to cars approaching from either side of your vehicle.

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The revolutionary engineering platform behind Mazda SUVs and passenger cars that offers greater performance while using less fuel.

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The revolutionary SKYACTIV-X engine, due to be released in 2020, will be the world’s first commercial gasoline engine to run on compression ignition. Using innovative technology, Mazda has combined the power of a high-revving gasoline engine and the fuel efficiency of a diesel. The Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) improves engine efficiency by up to 20-30 percent over the current SKYACTIV-G engines.

These advances in engine technology will play a significant part in Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 vision. With the release of SKYACTIV-X, reducing carbon dioxide emissions to 50 percent of 2010 levels by 2030 and 90 percent by 2050 will be an achievable goal.

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SKYACTIV-G Petrol Engine

Mazda's highly-efficient direct-injection gasoline engine that achieves the world's highest gasoline engine compression ratio of 13.0:1.

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SKYACTIV-D Diesel Engine

With the world’s lowest diesel-engine compression ratio, this clean, highly-efficient diesel engine will comply with strict exhaust gas regulations globally without the aid of expensive NOx (nitrogen oxides) aftertreatment systems. It offers up to 20% more efficiency than previous diesel engines.

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Smart Brake Support (Rear Crossing) (SBS-RC)

SBS aims to help the driver avoid or reduce the severity of collisions, particularly when driving at mid- to high speeds (between 15 km/h and 145 km/h), by automatically applying the brake if there is a danger of collision. The addition of the Rear Crossing function means the system also works when in reverse, alerting you of traffic approaching from either side.

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Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)

Also known as: Auto Emergency Braking (AEB)

SCBS monitors the vehicle in front or behind to assess the likelihood of a collision. If there is a high risk, the system will warn you and brake automatically if needed.

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Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR)

TSR uses a forward sensing camera to detect Stop, speed limit, and No Entry signs. The system projects the sign onto your Active Driving Display, to help ensure you don’t miss a thing.

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360° View Monitor

Available on some models.

Four separate cameras give you a full 360º view around your vehicle to help you detect objects nearby, minimise blind spots and avoid potential danger.

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Stands for Vehicle Identification Number. A VIN it the identifying code for a specific vehicle.




A written guarantee, issued to the purchaser of a vehicle by Mazda New Zealand, promising to repair or replace it if necessary within specified conditions and a specified period of time. Mazda offers a 5-year unlimited kilometre warranty on passenger vehicles.

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The driving excitement and emotional connection you feel you get every time you drive a Mazda vehicle.