Monday Morning Auto News, Nov 18, 2019

Mazda3 named Women’s World Car of the Year

Announced at the 2019 Dubai International Motor Show on the 16th November, the Mazda3 has been named “Supreme Winner” of the 2019 Women’s World Car of the Year awards. In addition to taking the top award, the model also won Women’s World Family Car of the Year.

Established in 2010, Women’s World Car of the Year is
voted on by a panel of female judges from over 30 different countries (two from
the UK) who are asked to vote according to factors that include safety, value
for money, aesthetic appearance, practicality and environmental footprint.

Starting from £20,595 the 28 model Mazda3 range
features hatchback models powered by the 122ps Skyactiv-G and 180ps Skyactiv-X
petrol engines, while the stylish Mazda3 Saloon is exclusively powered by the
ground-breaking Skyactiv-X engine. Featuring Mazda’s unique Spark Controlled
Compression Ignition (SPCCI) technology, Skyactiv-X is the world’s first
production petrol engine to exploit the benefits of compression ignition.
Providing drivers with the free-revving performance of a petrol engine combined
with greater efficiency, the 2.0-litre four-cylinder 180ps Skyactiv-X engine
features the highest compression ratio for a production petrol engine in the
world, while its lean burn capabilities ensure outstanding fuel economy and low

The entry point to the Skyactiv-X line up, the £23,555 manual Mazda3 Sport hatch emits 100g/km, while the identically priced Sport saloon emits just 96g/km. Across both body styles the Skyactiv-X powered Mazda3 is offered in Sport, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech trim levels, with a choice of automatic or manual transmission available on all models.

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Friday Morning Auto News, Nov 15, 2019

Thursday Morning Auto News, Nov 14, 2019

Sorry, yesterday’s Morning Auto News didn’t make it due to my absence. I’ll make it up with more today. All back on schedule from now on.

Mazda CX-30 achieves five-star Euro NCAP rating

The new Mazda CX-30 has been awarded the maximum five-star
rating by Euro NCAP in its latest series of tests. Following the Mazda6 last
year and the All-New Mazda3 earlier this year, this is the third Mazda to
achieve an overall five-star rating under the new, more stringent 2018 Euro
NCAP crashworthiness ratings.

The Mazda CX-30 performed impressively in all four
Euro NCAP test categories – Adult Occupant, Child Occupant, Vulnerable Road
User (pedestrian safety) and Safety Assist. The rating is a result of three key
factors: the adoption of the very latest Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, which
features a high-rigidity, impact-absorbing yet lightweight bodyshell; a wide range
of advanced i-Activsense safety technologies which help drivers identify
potential risks and reduce the likelihood of damage or injury; and high
standards of pedestrian protection performance.

With an exceptional 99% score in the Adult Occupant
category, the Mazda CX-30 achieved maximum points for frontal full-width
impact, as well as for both barrier and pole side impacts. Mazda’s Smart Brake
Support system also gained full marks in low-speed tests, with collisions
avoided in all scenarios.

An excellent Child Occupant score of 86% included full
marks in Child Restraint System installation checks and for child protection in
the lateral impact test. Vulnerable Road User (pedestrian safety) tests achieved
a score of 80%, with maximum points for pedestrian leg and pelvis area
protection. A score of 77% in the Safety Assist category recognizes the efficiency
of the new Mazda CX-30’s comprehensive suite of i-Activsense safety features.

The superior driving dynamics achieved as a result of
Mazda’s Skyactiv Technology also contribute to the new Mazda CX-30’s five-star
Euro NCAP achievement, delivering a linear, responsive and predictable
acceleration, braking, handling, and steering. By making the car easier to
drive safely, the technologies reduce the potential for accidents without
compromising Mazda’s traditional fun-to-drive character.

Michiel van Ratingen, Secretary-General of Euro NCAP, said: “Congratulations to Mazda for another almost-perfect score in adult occupant safety. There are still several cars to be …continue reading