Mazda NZ joins with Prostate Cancer Foundation to Drive Awareness

31st March 2016

Mazda New Zealand is proud to join the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand family of sponsors to help raise awareness around this deadly disease by providing the organisation with a Mazda6 branded with the iconic blue ribbon.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand says the Prostate Cancer Foundation does an outstanding job and the company is pleased to be able to support them.  

“At Mazda we know the importance of regular servicing and maintenance of vehicles, and similarly our bodies need to be regularly checked and maintained to keep themrunning well. Prostate cancer is the most common cancer for men in New Zealand* so we’re thrilled to help the Prostate Cancer Foundation spread awareness of the importance having a regular check-up.”  

Graeme Woodside, Chief Executive of the Prostate Cancer Foundation of New Zealand, says their mission is to provide an environment empowering men to make informed decisions about the diagnosis and treatment of prostate cancer.

“We offer peer support to men, and their families, who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer throughout the country, and we actively promote awareness of this disease. We are extremely grateful that Mazda recognise the importance of this and thank them for their support, the Mazda6 will assist us in getting the word out further to New Zealanders.”

*Based on the statistics from the Ministry of Health 2007 – 2009 which show an average of 3082 registrations and 602 deaths.

All-New Mazda MX-5 Wins Both 2016 World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year

25th March 2016

The Mazda MX-5 has won the 2016 World Car of the Year award.It is the second Mazda to win the award, following the Mazda2 in 2008. The third generation MX-5 was one of three finalists for the same award in 2006, as was the Mazda3 in 2014. In addition to taking the main award this year, the MX-5 has also been named World Car Design of the Year. It is the first time in the history of the awards that a single model has taken both titles.

World Car of the Year was established in 2004 by an international group of automotive journalists, and the judging panel this year consisted of 73 journalists from 23 different countries. The MX-5 was announced victorious over other finalists Audi A4 Sedan/Audi A4 Avant and Mercedes-Benz GLC at the New York International auto show on March 24. The other finalists for World Car Design of the Year were the Jaguar XE and Mazda CX-3.

“What a wonderful honor, to have the Mazda MX-5 named both World Car of the Year and World Car Design of the Year,” said Masahiro Moro, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations, and Managing Executive Officer, Mazda Motor Corporation. “As our iconic MX-5 roadster approaches one-million units of production, this award is proof that it is as young, vibrant, fun and relevant as ever, and proof that every Mazda looks as incredible as it drives, and drives as incredibly as it looks. While I accept this award on behalf of the company, I do so representing every Mazda employee, retail partner and customer around the world who has ever felt the joy of driving a pure roadster. We say ‘Imagination Drives Us’ and we prove it in our cars.”

Ikuo Maeda, Mazda’s Executive Officer and General Manager of the Design Division, said, “I’m very proud to accept this award, proof that our designs can connect with people all around the world. Our new-generation lineup has been designed under the KODO design theme which aims to bring cars to life, and we’ve continually refined the beauty of its forms. Mazda is a proud Japanese brand and we are determined to continue enhancing our designs moving forward.” 

The fourth-generation MX-5 is the sixth model in Mazda’s new-generation lineup of vehicles featuring the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO—Soul of Motion design. Launched globally in 2015, the model has found favor with customers thanks to its vastly reduced curb weight, human-centered design and “Jinba-ittai” fun-to-drive feel. The new MX-5 has won over 30 awards so far, including 2015-2016 Car of the Year Japan and 2016 UK Car of the Year. The retractable hardtop version of the model, Mazda MX-5 RF, made its world premiere at the New York International Auto Show.

Mazda will continue making cars that are fun to drive, aiming to become a “one-and-only” brand customers will choose again and again.

South Auckland Motors take the top spot

7th March 2016

South Auckland Motors in Manukau has been awarded Mazda’s highest accolade – Mazda Dealer of the Year, the first time the dealership has received the honour.

In recognising Mazda’s Supreme Dealer, all areas of the Mazda franchise operation are assessed including vehicle and parts sales; service department performance and customer satisfaction results.

“South Auckland Motors is a fantastic team of hardworking individuals; they are committed to excelling in all areas of service and provide the best Mazda experience to their customers. We are proud to recognise Michael Tappenden and his team with the top award this year,” says Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director, Mazda New Zealand.

Michael Tappenden, Dealer Principal, South Auckland Motors, says the win is a great success for the whole team.   

“Our team are very passionate about the Mazda brand and work extremely hard to deliver the utmost care to all of our customers. I’m very proud of our achievements through 2015 and cannot wait to see what this year has in store for us.”

The Mazda network is divided into three groups for the awards: Metropolitan Dealers, Provincial City Dealers and Rural Dealers. The top two scoring dealerships in each group become Dealer Performance Award winners, and the top scoring overall dealership is named Mazda Dealer of the Year.

Other Mazda Dealer Performance winners include Fairview Motors (Hamilton), Palmfield Motors (Palmerston North), Ultimate Motor Group (Mount Maunganui), Wanganui Motors and Autohaus Rotorua.

Mazda NZ puts additional horsepower behind NZ Motocross

26th January 2016

Mazda New Zealand has put some grunt behind The New Zealand Motocross Championship four-round series, set to kick off near Timaru on February 7.   

As an associate sponsor Mazda has provided Motocross New Zealand with long-term loan of two Mazda BT-50 double-cab trucks decked out in motocross championships graphics.

Glenn Harris, National Sales and Marketing Manager Mazda New Zealand believes the Mazda BT-50 is the ideal fit with the New Zealand Motocross Championships.

“The BT-50 is a great vehicle for both work and leisure and the association with Motocross covers off both. We are also thrilled that New Zealand Motocross have turned the delivery of one of the BT-50’s to the South Island into a competition involving Mazda dealers.”

The Mazda BT-50 started its journey today from Auckland International Airport and will be driven the length of the country and timed to arrive in Christchurch prior to the series opener. It is expected to pass through Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo and Palmerston North, before heading to the South Island.

The first five people to be in a Mazda dealership in a destination town when the Mazda BT-50 Ute arrives will win double-pass tickets to the round of the nationals round that is nearest to them.

Follow the Mazda BT-50’s journey via the NZMX Nationals Facebook page (HERE), which will be updated throughout the duration of the road-trip.

Additionally, there will be two prizes of $250 offered to the person who can accurately guess the mileage that a BT-50 Ute achieves on a full tank of fuel. The entrant who guesses closest to the correct number of kilometres wins the prize.

Simply post your guess up on the NZMX Nationals Facebook page, share and like the photo of the Mazda BT-50 Ute and hashtag the following: MazdaNZ, NZMX Nationals, MNZ and ZoomZoom.

“Motocross is an exciting and vibrant sport and many of the riders drive utes just like the Mazda BT-50 to transport themselves and their bikes from event to event. It’s easy to see the connection between Mazda and motocross,” said Motorcycling New Zealand media officer Andy McGechan.

The first round of the nationals will be held on February 7 in the outskirts of Timaru at the Backflips Dirt Farm at Pleasant Point, with rounds to follow in the Manawatu, at the Flipp's track at Himatangi on February 28; at the Rotorua Motorcycle Club's track on March 13 and, finally, at the Digger McEwen Motocross Park in Taupo on March 20.

A record breaking 2015 for Mazda NZ

7th January 2016

For the first time in its history Mazda New Zealand has sold over 10,000 vehicles in a single calendar year.

The 10,078 vehicles sold resulted in an 8 percent market share and saw the company finish in 3rd place for passenger sales and 4th in overall sales in 2015. 

The company also achieved its best December on record with 685 vehicles sold resulting in YOY growth of 8.7 percent. Incredibly this extends Mazda’s record retail performance to 23 consecutive months and an outstanding 31 consecutive months of YOY growth.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director Mazda New Zealand says 2015 was a highly successful year and one that the company is very proud of. 

“Having a great line up of vehicles means we appeal to a wide range of the motoring buying public. When you add in the hard work of the Mazda team and dealerships across the country it has resulted in a winning combination which helped us to deliver our best year ever.

“It provides an amazing end to 2015, on top of the 20 plus major automotive awards received through the year and widespread success across the dealer network, with a number achieving record sales results.”

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