|Mazda is slated to exhibit three of its latest variants at the Johannesburg International Motor Show from 18 – 27 October. The three latest generation of Mazda vehicles include the CX-5, new Mazda6 and all-new Mazda3.|
It was in August this year that Mazda Motor Corporation (MMC) attained distribution rights from Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa, the country’s largest State. With this full rights in place, MMC has established new national sales company, Mazda Southern Africa, and firmly put sales and service operations in order which would be fully functional in a year’s time.
Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and new Mazda3: One ‘KODO’ platform
The three Mazda SKYACTIV Technology and KODO-themed variants need no formal introductions. The CX-5, Mazda6 and new Mazda3 all take up a suite of innovations to the vehicles’ core systems, namely the SKYACTIV Technology components and the ‘Soul of Motion’ design language. Additionally, these Mazda vehicles deliver exceptional driving dynamics, exemplary fuel economy and evocative styling. But for Southern Africa, MMC has a diverse expansion plan to strengthen the brand in Africa’s richest State. “With a finely tuned, dedicated and profitable dealer network offering competitively priced products, especially our new generation vehicles equipped with SKYACTIV Technology, we aim to expand our business and further strengthen the Mazda brand in South Africa”, David Hughes, Managing Director of Mazda Southern Africa, reiterated.
First introduced in South Africa in 2012 with a 2.0-liter petrol engine, next year the CX-5 compact crossover would receive an injection of power thanks to the addition of two additional engines; a 2.5-liter petrol as well as a 2.2-liter twin-turbo diesel.
The Mazda6 was launched in selected markets throughout 2012, including Malaysia earlier this year. It is deemed the most technologically advanced vehicle Mazda has ever built. In addition to exemplary driving dynamics, fuel efficiency and advanced safety features, the Mazda6 is the first vehicle to use a capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system (i-ELOOP) to power the vehicle’s electrical components.
The all-new Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback, currently being introduced in North America, Europe and Japan, is the first vehicle to adopt the company’s new human-machine interface concept. Designed to minimize driver distraction the new Mazda3 is available with “Active Driving” heads-up display, intuitive rotary commander control unit (Mazda Connect) and a pop up 7-inch touch screen.
Latest Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 go on sale at Mazda Southern Africa dealerships from 2014
The Mazda range will certainly turn heads at the Johannesburg showcase and soon after, go on sale at Mazda Southern Africa dealerships.