Advanced technology puts new Mazda3 out in front

Advanced technology puts new Mazda3 out in front8 September 2016

The new Mazda3 will ensure the model remains ahead of the competition thanks to new cutting-edge technology and safety enhancements, creating an unbeatable force in its segment.

Featuring all-new G-Vectoring Control (GVC) technology and innovative SKYACTIV technologies in a lightweight SKYACTIV-BODY, the new Mazda3 sets a new benchmark in safety.

Andrew Clearwater, Managing Director of Mazda New Zealand, says enhancements in the new Mazda3 take the vehicle to a new level of performance.

“The previous Mazda3 has been admired by New Zealanders since its launch in 2014 and was NZ’s Car of the Year as well.  We are confident that the impeccable design and class leading technologies in the vehicle will excite New Zealand consumers all over again.

“The vehicle features revolutionary technologies that not only offer our customers safety and peace of mind, but deliver one of the most exhilarating driving experiences yet, with smooth handling perfect for New Zealand’s demanding open roads,” he says.

G-Vectoring Control (GVC) technology provides more effective control in all driving situations, from everyday driving to collision avoidance maneuvers, by varying engine torque in response to steering inputs.

It is particularly effective in improving handling on roads made slippery from rain or snow, something Andrew Clearwater believes is ideally suited to New Zealand.

“We can experience four seasons in one day in many parts of New Zealand and this winter has delivered snow and ice in a number of areas. GVC will give drivers of the new Mazda3 an extra sense of security and confidence if they find themselves in these type of driving conditions.”

GVC is the first application of a series of new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the car’s Jinba-ittai feel.

At weekends kiwis travel to their holiday home or visit relatives and in many instances this can involve long drives. Once again the new Mazda3 comes to the party with various components finely tuned to give more precise control and ride comfort.

These include changes to the Electronic Power Assist Steering (EPAS) that makes the driver aware of the car’s movement the instant the steering wheel is turned, offering precise control and smoother more natural steering.

As with all Mazda vehicles, safety is at the forefront of the new Mazda3. It features an extended suite of i-ACTIVSENSE technologies, including the adoption of a new camera for Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) that expands the operating speed range for detecting pedestrians ahead. It also adds rear detection to support a wider range of driving situations.

A new addition to the Mazda3 is Traffic Sign Recognition (TSR) which automatically recognises road signs and informs the driver of their significance.

Adopting many of its safety features from the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and Mazda6 upgrades, the new Mazda3 is complete with Driver Attention Alert (DAA) which monitors the driver’s condition to prevent accidents caused by fatigue and Lane-keep Assist System (LAS) which recognises lane markings and supports the driver in steering the car.

Other safety features include, Adaptive LED Headlights (ALH) and Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) which alerts the driver with a flashing visual indicator if a vehicle is approaching from the rear of the car.

To further confirm the new Mazda3’s safety credentials, the vehicle recently received a five-star ANCAP rating and is the first non-luxury car to offer Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) technology as a standard range feature in this vehicle class in New Zealand.

Powered by the new-generation direct-injection 2.0L and 2.5L SKYACTIV-G engine, the Mazda3’s quality of driving performance is enhanced with improved acceleration response and Drive Selection modifications, which enable the driver to easily switch to Sport Mode.

mazdacare features as standard with every new Mazda3 – a commitment Mazda makes to ensure each new vehicle continues to perform in optimum condition. mazdacare comprises a Mazda Genuine Factory Warranty and Mazda On Call Roadside Assistance for a 5 year, unlimited kilometre period and Genuine Mazda Servicing for 3 years/100,000 km (whichever occurs first) at no extra cost.

The new Mazda3 comes in four grades, GLX, GSX, SP25 and SP25 Limited. Despite significant gains in specification and design, pricing starts from $32,795 plus on road costs for the GLX.

Model Description

RRP¹ ²

Mazda3 2.0L Sedan GLX 6AT


Mazda3 2.0L Sedan GSX 6AT


Mazda3 2.5L Sedan SP25 6AT


Mazda3 2.5L Sedan SP25 Limited 6AT


Mazda3 2.0L Hatch GLX 6AT


Mazda3 2.0L Hatch GSX 6AT


Mazda3 2.5L Hatch SP25 6MT


Mazda3 2.5L Hatch SP25 6AT


Mazda3 2.5L Hatch SP25 Limited 6AT



¹Recommended Retail Pricing inclusive of GST, excluding on-road costs.

²Paint surcharge of $250 applies to Soul Red Metallic and Machine Grey Metallic (incl. GST).

BT-50 commercialcare disclaimer

** is also available to new BT-50 owners where every scheduled service completed by Mazda specialist technicians for a 3 year/100,000km term (whichever wherever occurs first) will cost no more than $200 (incl. GST) per service for models built after 1 November 2012. *** 3,350kg applies to earlier models.

* whichever occurs first