CX-3 helps deliver record April for Mazda New Zealand

4th May 2016

Strong sales of the Mazda CX-3 helped deliver Mazda New Zealand its best ever April and an outstanding 35th consecutive month of YOY growth.

With sales of 135 the Mazda CX-3 claimed the number one spot in the small SUV segment. It was supported by its bigger brother the CX-5 which continues to be the top selling mid-size SUV YTD to private buyers. In passenger sales the company claimed third spot with 10% market share (674 units).

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand says the results confirm the fact that Mazda SUVs are becoming the vehicles of choice for New Zealand motorists wanting to purchase an SUV.

“To have the CX-3 number one in its class in April and the CX-5 continuing to lead its segment is a great result and testament to the quality, design and performance of the vehicles. Demand for both of these vehicles continues to be very strong so we expect them to maintain their positions in the coming months.

“Later this year we will be introducing the all new Mazda CX-9. This will give New Zealand motorists the most comprehensive SUV line-up in the market for to select from,” concluded Clearwater.  

Mazda Foundation supports Kiwis across the country

26th April 2016

The Mazda Foundation has granted its first round of funding for the year, donating almost $60,000 to 18 individuals, community groups and charities around New Zealand.

Three funding rounds are held each year to support New Zealanders in need. The Foundation has gifted over $2.3 million back to the community since it was established in 2005.

Grants distributed this round included two art groups and an individual with a learning disability.  

Eight year old Danijel Tvrdeich-Kasum from Howick, Auckland received $6,050.

Danijel was diagnosed with APD (Auditory Processing Disorder) meaning he doesn’t always correctly process information, especially at school where there are lots of distracting sounds. He is a year behind in school, and particularly struggles with writing and spelling.

The Mazda Foundation grant will help pay for tuition, remote hearing aids and both a laptop and iPad which have special apps to help Danijel’s learning requirements. Danijel’s mother Marina Tvrdeich says the grant will greatly help her son.

“Being a single parent, I can’t always afford the treatment and equipment needed to help Danijel. He’s a smart kid but the APD means he struggles in class and he can get a bit down about that at times. I’m so thankful to the Mazda Foundation for this grant, these new resources will really help him at school and give him the confidence boost he needs.”

This round also saw New Zealand Opera Ltd receive $3,560 to purchase a new digital camera, lens, and editing software to help develop their education and outreach programme and support their marketing objectives.

New Zealand Opera contributes to the community by creating cultural opportunities for people to experience the power of opera, while establishing a vibrant and sustainable presence for opera in New Zealand.

Caroline Nelson, Head of Development at New Zealand Opera says the equipment will be a great asset to the team.

“Opera is a visual art form, so video and images are hugely important tools for bringing it to life on digital platforms. The new equipment means we can create great content to share with existing and new audiences,” she says.

Not for profit organisation, the Tauranga Society of Arts Inc., which provides art workshops for their members, received $6,656.36 to purchase overhead exhibition lighting for their two annual art exhibitions held in the Bay of Plenty. Society members volunteer their time and work tirelessly all year to prepare for these events, which attract over 60 of their member artists who showcase over 200 original works of art.

Andrew Clearwater, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation says it’s always humbling hearing about the hard working and charitable communities across the country.

“The Mazda Foundation has been going strong for almost eleven years now and I’m always inspired by the endless number of organisations, projects and individuals devoted to making a difference in this country.”

“Whether it’s supporting children in need or the arts, it’s great to see how a little can go a long way.”

The Mazda Foundation is funded through a contribution from the sale of every new Mazda in New Zealand.

The closing date for the next round of Mazda Foundation applications is 30 June 2016. For more information or to download an application form, visit the Mazda Foundation website.

Mazda Unleashes New Mazda CX-4 Crossover SUV

25th April 2016

HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation has unveiled a new crossover SUV, the Mazda CX-4, at the Beijing Motor Show (Auto China 2016).1 The latest edition to Mazda’s new-generation lineup adopts SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO—Soul of Motion design throughout and goes on sale in China in June.

The CX-4 was made to exceed existing categories and stereotypes. The dynamic design is unmistakably KODO in form and the planted stance and sleek, coupe-like cabin combine to give the model an outstanding presence. Customers will appreciate the exceptional functionality and user-friendliness, including the ease of entering and exiting the vehicle and the flexible cargo space. With SUV-like ground clearance and Mazda’s i-ACTIV AWD2 all-wheel drive system, the CX-4 is ready to take on a wide range of road conditions and offers a combination of outstanding environmental and safety performance (Sustainable Zoom-Zoom) and a Jinba-ittai driving feel with excellent handling thanks to its low center of gravity.         

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand believes the CX-4 will prove very popular in China.

“Just like New Zealand, demand for SUVs in China is remarkably strong and the CX-4, the production model of the Mazda KOERU concept model launched last year, will further strengthen Mazda’s crossover series. We won’t know until later in the year what other markets will get the CX-4.”   

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1   Also known as 2016 Beijing International Automotive Exhibition. Press days are April 25-26. Special invitation days are April 27-28. Open to the public from April 29 through May 4.

2   Available only with the SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine.

3   Applies to models with i-ELOOP. Ground clearance for models without i-ELOOP is 191 mm.

4   Fuel consumption figures are measured under fixed test conditions. Customer’s fuel consumption will vary depending on a variety of factors, including traffic and weather conditions, driving style (sudden acceleration, etc.) and use of the HVAC system. 

5   Applies to models with i-ELOOP. Fuel consumption for models without i-ELOOP is 7.3 liters/100 km.

6   The system is called Mazda Connect in Japan, USA, Canada and Mexico. China and other markets use the name MZD Connect.

Mazda MX-5 Production Reaches One-Million Units

25th April 2016

HIROSHIMA, Japan--Mazda Motor Corporation announced today that production of the Mazda MX-5 (Mazda Roadster in Japan) reached one million units on April 22, 2016. The milestone figure was achieved over 27 years, with mass-production of the MX-5 starting at Ujina Plant No. 1 in Hiroshima in April 1989.

“From the first generation through to today’s fourth-generation model, the reason we have been able to continue selling the MX-5 all these years is due to the strong support of fans around the world,” said Masamichi Kogai, Representative Director, President and CEO. “Mazda was founded in Hiroshima 96 years ago, and as we move toward our centennial year we will continue offering customers the joy of driving with this model, which has become a symbol of our brand. Mazda aims to create a special bond with customers and become a ‘one-and-only’ brand they will choose again and again.”

As a way of expressing thanks to MX-5 fans and owners, the One-Millionth MX-5 will be displayed at fan events in Japan and around the world. The tour begins on May 3 at the Hiroshima Flower Festival where the car will participate in the Flower Parade.

The MX-5 is a symbol of Mazda’s car-making philosophy and tireless pursuit of driving pleasure. Since its debut in 1989, the model has consistently offered driving fun that can only be experienced in a lightweight sports car and won the admiration of people from various countries, cultures and age groups. The MX-5 is also critically acclaimed, with over 200 awards from around the globe to its name. The fourth-generation model released last year has won a string of awards, including 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan, World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year 2016.

The MX-5 has held the Guinness World Record1 for the best-selling open-top two-seater sports car for many years. With the achievement of one million units of production, Mazda will now attempt to break its own record.

History of the Mazda MX-5

Feb 1989    Original MX-5 debuts at Chicago Auto Show

Oct 1997    Second-generation MX-5 debuts at Tokyo Motor Show

Dec 1998    10th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched

May 2000  Recognized by Guinness World Records as the world’s best-selling two-seater sports car (531,890 units produced) 

Jan 2002    Production reaches 600,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)

Mar 2005    Third-generation MX-5 debuts at Geneva International Motor Show

Apr 2005     Production reaches 700,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)

Jul 2006      Retractable hardtop model debuts at British International Motor Show

Jan 2007     Production reaches 800,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)

Jul 2009          20th Anniversary Limited Edition MX-5 launched

Feb 2011          Production reaches 900,000 units (Guinness World Record updated)

Apr 2014        25th Anniversary Edition MX-5 launched

Sep 2014         Fourth-generation MX-5 debuts

Mar 2016         Mazda MX-5 RF debuts at New York International Auto Show


 1     Certified by Guinness World Records Limited


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Mazda Begins Rollout of Aqua-tech, World’s Lowest-impact Water-based Paint System, to Overseas Plants

14th April 2016

Mazda Motor Corporation has announced the introduction of its unique Aqua-tech Paint System at Changan Mazda Automobile Co Ltd. (CMA), the company’s vehicle production facility in Jiangsu, China.

The technology was first introduced in Japan, where installation of the system was completed in 2012. CMA becomes the company’s second plant and first overseas facility to feature the innovative low-impact paint technology.

Reducing volatile organic compounds (VOC) emissions from vehicle body paint shops is a long-standing issue for the automobile industry, which has traditionally favoured VOC-heavy oil-based paints and thinners. Automakers moved toward water-based paints in an effort to reduce VOC emissions, but the energy-intensive evaporative drying process required for these paints resulted in increased CO2 emissions.

Mazda’s unique Aqua-tech Paint System overcomes this trade-off by simultaneously reducing emissions of VOC and CO2,and makes far more efficient use of energy and paint materials than traditional paint systems.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand says the roll out of the Aqua–tech paint system to overseas plants is a further demonstration of Mazda’s commitment to look at all aspects of its operation from an environmental perspective.

“As a car manufacturer, we have an obligation to not only make high-quality cars, but also reduce our impact on the environment. Our painting technologies, which have helped KODO design gain recognition worldwide, represent Mazda’s efforts to meet that obligation.”

The company is aiming to achieve high-quality and efficient vehicle manufacturing at its global production bases by developing technologies such as Aqua-tech in Japan before rolling them out at overseas facilities. The Aqua-tech Paint System at CMA is used for all body colors, and the quality of the finish is as high as that of vehicles painted in Japan, even for designercolors such as Soul Red. 

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