All-new Mazda3 during the 2013 Mazda3 Route Tour Challenge; Vladivostok on 3 August en route to Frankfurt_10 The new Mazda3 has captured its latest accolade in the form of the 5-Star EuroNCAP rating. This recognition meant that the Mazda3 is the safest compact available across Europe.

The latest version of Mazda’s all-time bestseller achieved outstanding marks in all four categories, chalking up 93 per cent and 86 per cent, respectively, for adult and child occupant protection – both among the highest scores in Europe this year – and 65 per cent and 81 per cent in the pedestrian protection and safety assist categories. These figures easily surpassed the respective Euro NCAP thresholds required for five stars overall.

Mazda3 in hatchback and sedan versions ensure definite safety

Available as a hatchback or sedan, the new model is now the fifth Mazda to earn the exclusive five-star badge since Euro NCAP introduced a tough new rating system in 2009. Here it follows in the footsteps of the outgoing Mazda3, the previous and current Mazda6, and the Mazda CX-5. Like the latter two, the all-new Mazda3 comes with the unique impact-absorbing yet lightweight SKYACTIV-Body and SKYACTIV-Chassis. Around 60 per cent of the body, for example, is made from high and ultra-high tensile steels. That’s up from half in its predecessor, making Mazda’s new compact lighter yet some 30 per cent stiffer. It thus delivers even better passive safety protection, which is complemented by the cutting-edge i-ACTIVSENSE range of sensor-based active safety technology. Euro NCAP evaluations will include these kinds of systems starting in 2014.

Another highlight of the new Mazda3, which went on sale in Europe last month, is its predictably responsive acceleration, braking and steering. By making the car easier to drive safely, such attributes further reduce accident potential with no compromise to Mazda’s fun-to-drive character. The car also features a completely redesigned interior based on a new cabin concept. The idea here is to help the driver make the best possible use of all the information the vehicle’s systems has to offer, for example the HUD (Head-up Display) and Mazda Connect.

All-new Mazda3 to hit domestic shores, end of first quarter

On the domestic front, Bermaz Motor has anticipated the all-new Mazda3 to arrive sometime at the end of the first quarter.

Edited: Mazda Europe