MAZDA CX-5 UPDATES

For the 2022 season the popular Mazda CX-5 has a facelift and improved comfort. Mazda Australia Managing Director, Vinesh Bhindi, said “Versatility is synonymous with Mazda CX-5, and this update bolsters that quality; more uniquely defined grades grow the potential for customers to find their perfect fit within the range, selecting the vehicle that best suits their style and lifestyle”. “It’s a significant update for Mazda CX-5, which remains an Aussie favourite and a mainstay in the Mazda line-up, soon to be joined by the first of Mazda’s new-generation large… Read more

MAZDA MX-30 E35 ASTINA ELECTRIC

We were supposed to get the Mazda MX-30 Electric a few weeks ago, but someone forgot to charge it. The plan was to drive from Sydney’s Alexandria to Cameron Park near Newcastle, a distance of about 160km. The MX-30 has a claimed fully-charged range of 224km, so it was eminently doable – or so we thought. Just in case, we had identified the location of some fast, commercial DC chargers along the route. Priced from $65,490, Mazda MX-30 Electric is the latest in a growing selection of electric vehicles (EVs)… Read more

MAZDA6 2008 – 2020

Mazda6 was launched in Australia in August 2002, it began as a midsize car but, as is often the way, it increased in size with new models. It has a refined look to appeal to the relatively conservative buyers in this class. Road testers at the time complimented it for its smoothness and quietness saying, “it could have come from a price group of larger more expensive cars.” In this used car checkout we will begin with the second generation which arrived here in February 2008. It came with a… Read more

MAZDA BT-50 XTR 4X4 DUAL-CAB UTE

For ute watchers, Mazda’s BT-50 has more in common with the Isuzu D-Max than it does the Ford Ranger these days. After they parted ways, Mazda did a deal with Isuzu while Volkswagen went looking for something to turn into the next Amarok. For its part Mazda reportedly had little input into the design process and as a result BT-50 is simply a re-skinned version of D-Max, although that’s probably a little harsh. To put this in perspective, Isuzu has enjoyed meteoric success with the latest D-Max, which has stormed… Read more

MAZDA CX-5 GT SP 2.5T AWD

Mazda is currently the second largest car retailer in Australia. But it’s interesting to note, not one of its models finished in the top 10 sales list last month. That may or may not be a good thing, as it means the company does not have all its eggs in the one proverbial basket. On the other hand, the mid-sized CX-5 has been the biggest selling SUV in Australia on many occasions, which begs the question — has it fallen out of favour? Released in 2021 the CX-5 GT SP… Read more

MX-30 EV IS MAZDA’S FIRST ELECTRIC VEHICLE

MX-30 EV is the first ever pure electric vehicle from Mazda. Launched here in April 2021 it’s a compact SUV, and joins the MX-30 MHEV mild-hybrid petrol/electric variant. The name is a bit confusing given that previous cars with the MX prefix have been sporty coupes or convertibles, most notably the iconic MX-5 but when you look at the MX-30’s sleek profile it does start to make sense. While the MX-30 MHEV comes in three variants, Evolve, Touring and Astina priced from $33,990 to $40,990, the EV is only available… Read more

MAZDA2 G15 PURE SP

A sporty new G15 Pure SP variant has been introduced to the Mazda2 range. It builds on the G15 Pure grade and has black 16-inch alloy wheels, black exterior mirrors, a black grille and chrome exhaust extension. Inside there’s black cloth upholstery with red trim. Platinum Quartz Metallic is new to both Mazda2 Sedan and Hatch ranges. Polymetal Grey, already offered on the Hatch, is now optional for the sedan. The updated Mazda2 will go on sale at a date yet to be announced, other than that it’s toward the… Read more

UPGRADED MAZDA6 RAISES PASSENGER CAR FLAG

While SUVs and pickup trucks reign supreme on the world’s automobile markets, the humble sedan can only stand by, looking on in envy. One such observer, the Mazda6, has paid the price for this fickle sales atmosphere. Despite this, the company has persisted with its mid-range passenger car in sedan and wagon form, while simplifying it to four variants – Sport, Touring, GT SP and Atenza. New kid on the block is the GT SP, which according to Mazda Australia managing director Vinesh Bhindi, brings a distinctly sporty character to… Read more

MAZDA MX-30 HYBRID REVIEW

Released here in January 2021, the MX-30 is the latest model in the continually expanding Mazda SUV range. The name is a bit confusing given that previous cars with the MX prefix have been sporty coupes or convertibles, most notably the iconic MX-5. In this case it stands for Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X M Hybrid technology with the M indicating that it is a mild hybrid or MHEV. It joins the Mazda3 hatch and CX-30 SUV in offering the MHEV option. In April this year the MX-30 MHEV was joined by… Read more

MAZDA CX-30 EVOLVE

Mazda must be doing something right, because among a plethora of small sports utility vehicles its CX-30 carried off the title as Car of the Year 2021 from a prestigious Australian motoring magazine. As if COTY were not enough, the whole CX-30 range walked away with the 2021 RACV crown for the safest SUV under $35,000. Wheels magazine’s editor had no hesitation in bestowing the honour on the new SUV, its editor saying: “The CX-30 is such a delightful car and performed strongly against all our criteria . . …. Read more