Ευρωπαϊκό ντεμπούτο και για τα ολοκαίνουργια Mazda3 hatchback και sedan τα οποία θα ξεκινήσουν να πωλούνται από τα τέλη του Οκτώβρη. Από σχεδιαστικής άποψης, η η νέα γενιά του Mazda3, ακολουθεί τη σχεδιαστική γλώσσα Kodo που διαθέτουν όλα τα τελευταία μοντέλα της Mazda. Δανείζεται πολλά στοιχεία από το Mazda6 και θα είναι διαθέσιμο σε 5-πορτο hatchback και 4-πορτο sedan.
Διαθέτει παρόμοια γρίλια με τον μεγάλο αδερφό με χρωμιομένο κάτω μέρος που φτάνει μέχρι τα λεπτά φωτιστικά σώματα. Σε ότι αφορά τους καθρέπτες, αυτοί είναι τοποθετημένοι πάνω στις πόρτες. Υπάρχει επίσης αεροτομή και διπλές απολήξεις εξατμίσεων. Η γρίλια διαθέτει ένα ενεργό σύστημα το οποίο ανοιγοκλείνει τα στοιχεία της, έτσι ώστε να βελτιώνει την αεροδυναμική που έχει ως αποτέλεσμα τη μείωση της κατανάλωσης. Το hatchback έχει 0.275 Cd ενώ το sedan 0.258 Cd.
Το hatchback έχει μήκος 4.465 mm, πλάτος 1.795 mm, ύψος 1.450 mm και μεταξόνιο 2.700 mm. Ο χώρος αποσκευών ανέρχεται στα 350 λίτρα, ο οποίος μετά την αναδίπλωση των πίσω καθισμάτων, φτάνει έως και τα 1.250 λίτρα. Το sedan από την άλλη έχει μήκος 4.585 mm, πλάτος 1.795 mm, ύψος 1.450 mm και μεταξόνιο 2.700 mm. Ο χώρος αποσκευών ανέρχεται στα 419 λίτρα.
Στο εσωτερικό η Mazda έχει επιλέξει μια καθαρή γραμμή με το σύστημα κλιματισμού να βρίσκεται στο κάτω μέρος της κεντρικής κονσόλας. Υπάρχει τριάκτινο δερμάτινο τιμόνι, κεντρικό υποβραχιόνιο, αναδυόμενη κεντρική οθόνη αφής, ενώ ο πίνακας οργάνων του διαθέτει ένα κεντρικό κυκλικό στοιχείο και δύο τραπέζια στοιχεία δεξιά και αριστερά.
Τα υλικά που έχουν χρησιμοποιηθεί είναι καλύτερης ποιότητας, ενώ υπάρχουν επίσης μαύρα γυαλιστερά και χρωμιομένα διακοσμητικά. Τα καθίσματα μπορούν να επενδυθούν με ύφασμα, δερματίνη ή δέρμα, ενώ το σύστημα ενημέρωσης και ψυχαγωγίας έχει δυνατότητας σύνδεσης Bluetooth/USB/AUX και σύνδεσης στο internet, μέσω smartphone. Στο εσωτερικό του συναντάμε και την Active Driving Display, μια οθόνη που προβάλει χρήσιμες λεπτομέρειες, όπως αυτές του συστήματος πλοήγησης, σε ένα πάνελ πίσω από τον πίνακα οργάνων (head-up display).
Θα κατασκευαστεί πάνω στην ίδια πλατφόρμα που φορά το CX-5, κάνοντας το έτσι ελαφρύτερο σε σχέση με τη τωρινή γενιά , 90 κιλά λιγότερα, ενώ μηχανικά εξοπλίζεται με μια γκάμα SkyActiv κινητήρων βενζίνης και πετρελαίου.
Ανάμεσα τους υπάρχει ο SKYACTIV-G 1.500 κ.εκ απόδοσης 100 ίππων στις 6.000 σ.α.λ με 150 Nm ροπής στις 4.000 σ.α.λ. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 10,8 δευτερόλεπτα έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 182 χλμ/ώρα.
Ακολουθεί ο SKYACTIV-G 2,0-λιτρος τετρακύλινδρος βενζινοκινητήρας απόδοσης 120 ίππων στις 6.000 σ.α.λ με 210 Nm ροπής στις 4.000 σ.α.λ. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 8,9 δευτερόλεπτα έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 195 χλμ/ώρα.
Ο ίδιος κινητήρας είναι διαθέσιμος και με το σύστημα ανάκτησης ενέργειας i-ELOOP, αποδίδοντας 165 άλογα στις 6.000 σ.α.λ με 210 Nm ροπής στις 4.000 σ.α.λ. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 8,2 δευτερόλεπτα έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 210 χλμ/ώρα.
Τέλος υπάρχει και ο SKYACTIV-D 2,2-λίτρων πετρελαιοκινητήρας απόδοσης 150 ίππων στις 4.500 σ.α.λ με 380 Nm ροπής στις 1.800 σ.α.λ. Τα 0-100 χλμ/ώρα τα κάνει σε 8,1 δευτερόλεπτα έχοντας τελική ταχύτητα 210 χλμ/ώρα.
Από πλευράς κιβωτίων οι SKYACTIV-G 1.5 και SKYACTIV-G 2.0 i-ELOOP κινητήρες συνδυάζονται αποκλειστικά με ένα 6-τάχυτο μηχανικό κιβώτιο. Οι κινητήρες SKYACTIV-G 2.0 και SKYACTIV-D 2.2 από την άλλη, έχουν την δυνατότητα να εξοπλιστούν και με ένα 6-τάχυτο αυτόματο κιβώτιο SKYACTIV-Drive.
Ζυγίζει 1.190 κιλά με τον SKYACTIV-G 1.5 κινητήρα και φτάνει έως τα 1.330 κιλά με τον SKYACTIV-D 2.2 κινητήρα με το αυτόματο κιβώτιο. Η ανάρτηση του αποτελείται από γόνατα McPherson μπροστά και πολλαπλών συνδέσμων πίσω, με τα φρένα του να αποτελούνται από αεριζόμενους δίσκους μπροστά και συμπαγείς δίσκους πίσω.
Διαθέτει ηλεκτρική υποβοήθηση στο σύστημα διεύθυνσης που υπόσχεται να προσφέρει βελτιωμένη αίσθηση και απόκριση. Επίσης η Mazda το έχει εξοπλίσει με αρκετά συστήματα όπως High Beam Control, Blind Spot Monitoring, Forward Obstruction Warning, Smart City Brake Support και Radar Cruise Control.
Στο περίπτερο της Mazda υπάρχει και το MX-5.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show
1. Introduction – The all-new Mazda3 in Frankfurt
2. At a Glance – Mazda in the C segment
›› Exterior design
›› Interior design & comfort 18 – 19
›› Connectivity & equipment 20 – 23
›› Powertrains 24 – 29
›› Chassis & body 30 – 33
›› Safety 34 – 39
3. Technical specifications – The Mazda3 hatchback & sedan
4. Mazda Motor Corporation – Facts and Figures
The all-new Mazda3 in Frankfurt: Stunning, sporty sophistication
Back in June, when the all-new Mazda3 was unveiled to the world at events held simultaneously in five cities – London, Istanbul, St. Petersburg, Melbourne and New York – the consensus was loud and clear: Mazda has done it again. The model launch, which coincided with the 10th anniversary of the very first Mazda3 rolling off the production line in Japan, also acknowledged that defying convention works.
Taking centre stage in at the 65th edition of the Frankfurt International Motor Show (IAA), the new Mazda3 follows in the tracks of the Mazda CX-5 and the new Mazda6, two hugely successful models. And it is undeniably a worthy third member of Mazda’s newest generation, with its award-winning “KODO – Soul of Motion” design and cutting-edge SKYACTIV Technology.
The new Mazda3 features MZD Connect, the company’s brand new in-vehicle connectivity concept – fitting for this year’s IAA, whose central themes include the networked car of the future. Designed for straightforward and above all safe operation, the system makes the latest generation of Mazda’s all-time bestseller one of the first in its class to take occupants online. Access Facebook and Twitter, explore the world of Aha™ with tens of thousands of stations of cloud-based content, or reap the benefits of personalised location-based services and Mazda’s own car-related apps.
Accessing such services is done from the comfort and convenience of Mazda’s freshly coherent and unobtrusively tasteful next-generation interior, another debut on the new Mazda3. The cabin, which boasts best or near best-in-class dimensions in many respects, is split into separate driver and passenger zones designed for fun, non-stressful driving and a secure, relaxing passenger atmosphere. Complementing this inspired layout concept is a safe to use and remarkably ergonomic human-machine interface. Highlights here include the Active Driving Display, Mazda’s new head-up display, and a rotary commander redesigned to enable the driver effortless control of the car’s infotainment features without taking his or her eyes off the road.
On the outside, the new Mazda3 inherits the powerful stance, dynamic flowing lines and general beauty of KODO as interpreted on the Mazda6. Taken on the Mazda3’s smaller, leaner proportions, its shapes work like a magnet, building anticipation of what this car can do. And with its unconventional SKYACTIV Technology line-up of ultra-efficient lightweight engines, transmissions, body and chassis, the car can in fact do quite a lot, offering a level of performance and driving dynamics fully on a par with its looks.
Mazda engineers, for example, have managed to make extreme compression both effective and economical. Diesel or petrol, the new Mazda3 delivers enviably low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions yet still lives more than ever up to its sporty compact label thanks to smooth, linear acceleration and precise, nimble handling. Add in innovative in-house technology like i-stop, for the world’s quickest idle-stop restarts, i-ELOOP, the company’s brake energy regeneration system, and the i-ACTIVSENSE range of active safety technology, and it all works to make drivers better and driving safer as well as more environmentally friendly. It won’t be long now: The all-new Mazda3 will go on sale in Europe in October.
The Mazda3: What a (hi)story!
Chronicles of a sporty compact with staying power
When the very first Mazda3 rolled off the assembly line in Hofu, Japan back in June 2003, it was like a breath of fresh air for the traditionally stodgy C segment. The unique combination of performance and handling with a cutting-edge exterior and interior design – all at a very competitive price – made a splash with the media and consumers across the globe. The Zoom-Zoom generation had arrived in the compact class, and it was good, selling 2.2 million times and collecting 99 awards including Car of the Year.
Putting a capital “S” in “sports” compact, the company introduced the high performance Mazda3 MPS in 2006. One of the hottest hatches on the market, the 191kW / 260PS MPS featured a special torque management system along with custom-tuned suspension and brakes to go with the aggressive yet not overstated look. “A riot to drive,” as at least one reviewer put it.
The second generation drove on to the stage in 2009. Now with Sustainable Zoom-Zoom in focus, the Mazda3 was safer and more frugal, but without compromising on its patented driving fun or reliability. Lighter than its predecessor, the new model was more responsive as well as more responsible. It saw the premiere of i-stop, Mazda’s revolutionary idle-stop system, which still delivers the world’s fastest restarts today, four years on. It also came with state-of-the-art safety technology such as the Adaptive Front-lighting System and Rear Vehicle Monitoring. The latter, the first such system available in the C segment, even received a Euro NCAP Advanced Award.
A class above its classmates
Unsurprisingly, with its bolder lines and more distinctive face, the generation two version picked up where the original Mazda3 left off. Another 1.4 million units have been sold to date, and another 37 awards captured. These include best car overall in the J.D. Power 2011 German customer satisfaction survey after being the number one compact in 2010. The Mazda3 was also the top-selling model in Australia in each of the last two years.
Now, ten years after it all began, the third generation is here. And déjà-vu, the all-new Mazda3 is another invigorating achievement, this time featuring the full SKYACTIV line-up of ultra-efficient lightweight technology and the award winning KODO design. Here’s to another convention-defying decade!
2 AT A GLANCE
Mazda in the C segment: Confident, connected & consistent
SKYACTIV Technology meets “KODO – Soul of Motion” design, custom-fit for the compact class in the all-new Mazda3 five-door hatchback or four door sedan.
■ Smashes conventional expectations for the ultra-competitive C segment, which makes up around one-quarter of European passenger car sales.
■ More Jinba Ittai rider-and-horse as-one than ever for Mazda’s all-time top seller.
■ Sustainable Zoom-Zoom at its best: more fun, more economical and safer.
■ Always online with the debut of MZD Connect, Mazda‘s new mobile connectivity concept.
■ Slated to go on sale in Europe in October.
KODO – Soul of Motion, Mazda’s bold design theme for a new generation, takes the customary sporty compact look one step further on the new Mazda3, putting more heat into the hatchback and more soul into the sedan.
■ The lower, wider KODO stance conveys strength, as does the rear-leaning cabin and rising profile towards the rear.
■ The extended wheelbase and shorter front and rear overhangs say performance, enhancing safety and stability while at the same time offering more room for cabin, boot and engine.
■ Exceptional build quality with doors that open with astonishing ease and minimal gaps between the body panels.
■ The signature wing grille, a KODO trademark and Mazda’s new family face, flows into the forceful character lines in a look of pent-up energy.
■ Sleek headlamps, which glint forward like a wildcat stalking its prey, feature a cleanly-structured lighting signature with LEDs and a light-guiding ring.
■ Available in a choice of nine body colours including Soul Red Metallic and the all-new Titanium Flash Mica and Deep Crystal Blue Mica, respectively representing emotion, sophistication and speed.
■ Comes with 16 or 18-inch wheels.
KODO: A short, thriving history
Mazda has always aimed to build cars with emotion. Over the years, the company has continually evolved its very own expression of functional magnetism, cementing its sports car tradition with models like the Cosmo Sport, RX-7 and MX-5.
These are the roots of the Zoom-Zoom generation, which brought a consistently athletic look to the entire Mazda line-up in 2002 starting with the first Mazda6. In the years to follow, Mazda models began taking on character lines representing water, shifting sands, molten lava and other forms of movement found in nature.
The “KODO – Soul of Motion” design theme for Mazda’s new generation is a natural progression of these developments. Faster, stronger and more poignant, KODO adds a structured, dynamic sense of motion. Inspired by the power and beauty of animals – how a cheetah, for example, uses its entire body as a spring to set vast power into motion with remarkable dexterity and grace – KODO is brimming with emotion. It’s like a snapshot of the moment when a pent-up force is released: The tension about to erupt as potential energy turns kinetic. Stirred by this vision, designers have set out to create automobiles that are genuinely moving – emotionally as well as physically.
KODO MODELS TO DATE
First unveiled in 2010 on the Mazda Shinari concept, a four-door coupe, and then a year later on the Mazda Minagi, a crossover SUV concept, KODO was introduced to mass production in 2012 with the Minagi-based Mazda CX-5. Exceptionally popular ever since, Mazda’s first compact SUV marked a new era for the company: A new generation of vehicles featuring KODO along with the company’s convention-defying range of SKYACTIV Technology.
Like the Minagi, the Mazda Takeri concept, which adapted the Shinari to the packaging of a mid-sized sedan, signalled what would follow. In this case the all-new Mazda6, a stunning interpretation of KODO’s essence launched at the beginning of 2013.
And now Mazda has taken these award-winning automobiles and adapted their designs to the sporty compact packaging of the new Mazda3. With its sophisticated performance-evoking styling and rhythmical balance, the newest KODO rendering aims to immediately encourage the onlooker and stimulate positive action.
KODO’s central elements
Setting Mazda apart from the conventional, KODO allows designers enough room to give each model its own personality while retaining an expression that is distinctively Mazda. This characteristic sense of vitality and agility is personified in several core design features.
Signature wing grille
Mazda’s bold new-generation family face stretches from underneath the grille through the headlights and into the distinguishing character lines flowing down the side of the body, expressing movement even when at a standstill.
Solid, powerful stance
KODO imparts the built-up force of a predator preparing to pounce or a sprinter at the starting blocks. This posture is shaped by a crouched rear-leaning cabin with sharply slanting A-pillars, large wheels with boldly flared fenders, a wider track and a longer wheelbase with smaller overhangs.
Like the latest Mazda6, the “eyes” of the new Mazda3 seem to glare ahead with a fearless sense of purpose. The headlamps feature LEDs and light-guiding rings that extend out the sides of the quarter panels. Together with tail light signature, they exude strength, speed and stability.
Sculpted body shapes
The impressions of KODO’s harmonious forms and textures change with the light and viewing angle, the result of countless minute adjustments to the body surfaces by Mazda´s modelling specialists. Specially-crafted colours like Soul Red Metallic complement these reflective effects for an electrifying expression of beauty that never stops inspiring.
KODO’S FUNCTIONAL DESIGN
All new Mazdas share the compellingly unique consistency of the KODO design elements, and with it the sporty, dignified appeal obligatory for the Mazda brand. And the forms are functional, too, as these examples illustrate.
The KODO shapes are expertly crafted for minimal resistance. Therefore, all new-generation Mazdas offer top-class drag coefficients, which of course help boost fuel economy.
Ergonomics & interior comfort
The wide, powerful stance and long wheelbase allowed designers to build a bigger cabin despite its compact external look. So they could improve the pedal arrangement, for example, and optimise the overall cockpit layout. That makes driving easier as well as more fun, while the generous interior enhances passenger comfort.
The rear-leaning cabin and slanting A-pillars give the driver a better field of view, making KODO vehicles safer, too. KODO models are more than simply attractive: They walk the walk, perfectly balancing conflicting forces. Unique? Absolutely. Just like their convention-defying SKYACTIV Technology.
Interior design & comfort
Mazda is introducing its all-new interior on the new Mazda3, splitting the cabin into two “zones” demarcated by the centre console: the secure, purpose-built cockpit and the relaxed, open passenger environment.
■ A centre-focused driver space designed for maximum ergonomics and minimum stress, with all vital driving-related instruments positioned to allow effortless operation and prevent fatigue, including:
›› the Active Driving Display, a head-up display which projects the most crucial driving information into the driver’s forward field of view (as one of the first models in the C segment)
›› pedals positioned symmetrically for better access
›› a lower steering wheel
›› improved driver’s seat adjustment
■ The rear-leaning cabin improves visibility and the driver’s overall field of view, with the A-pillars moved back 100mm relative to the current model.
■ Interior bigger than before in most ways, with best-in-class shoulder room and top comfort overall.
■ Redesigned seats, which feature stiffer vibration-suppressing seatbacks, provide superior comfort even on longer journeys with a natural seating position and excellent hold.
■ The combination of the refined black
keynote colour and sophisticated
contrasts, all in top-quality finishing, produces a stylish, emotional interior perfectly
suited to a sporty compact.
■ A choice* of black leather with red stitching, either alone or in combination with off-white leather and white, grey and red stitching (or fabric upholstery in black).
■ Larger boots – 364 litres in the hatchback and 419 litres in the sedan – than the current models and an assortment of convenient cabin stowage options designed for access with as little eye movement as possible.
* Availability depends on equipment level and market
Connectivity & equipment
Made for people in the modern world of today, the new Mazda3 offers a remarkable combination of advanced information, entertainment and connectivity, with safety and convenience as the top priorities.
■ Two zones of operation – one for safe driving and the other for infotainment – reflect the subdivided cabin approach; both share a revolutionary user-friendly and above all safe to use human-machine interface (HMI):
›› driving-related controls and information laid out to support fast and accurate responses with no wasted movements and no wasted energy
›› Active Driving Display* shows the three most essential pieces of real- time driving data directly in the
driver’s forward field of view; other driving information appears in the completely redesigned instrument cluster*
›› communications and entertainment-related information shown on the 7-inch WVGA touchscreen display* located above the centre stack
›› redeveloped rotary commander* on the centre console enables blind
operation of infotainment functions
›› certain features also support voice command*
■ Mazda introduces MZD Connect*, its brand-new mobile connectivity concept, on the new Mazda3:
›› functions together with a smartphone, building on existing Bluetooth®, email, SMS and navigation features
›› safely brings a large collection of free mobile content into the car including AhaTM, a cloud-based service with more than 40,000 stations including radio, podcasts, audio books, personalised location-based services, and Facebook and Twitter audio feeds
›› includes Mazda’s own vehicle apps, supporting drivers with e.g. Eco-
display status information, maintenance reminders and warning
■ Other infotainment highlights include:
›› BOSE® 9-speaker premium sound system* designed exclusively for the new Mazda3 and featuring BOSE® Centerpoint® 2 surround sound technology
›› SMS, MMS and email display and readout functions in combination with a connected smartphone
›› new navigation system offering more accurate route calculations, added
destination search features, three years of free updates and support for up to 18 audio and 26 text languages
■ Comprehensive parking assist system* featuring an audio warning signal along with front and rear warning zones with visual display.
* Availability depends on equipment level and market
Interactivity: Safety first in the new Mazda3
Keeping the main sources of driver distraction in check
The flipside to cars getting more connected and capable is the increasing scope for distracting the driver. Examining this, Mazda isolated and defined the three principal types of distraction – visual, cognitive and manual – and then set out to design a human-machine interface (HMI) that would effectively curtail each of them.
The key to inhibiting the dangers of visual distraction, they discovered, is to reduce to a minimum the intervals in which a driver’s eyes are off the road ahead. For example, the time in which they look away from the road to a display, adjust focus and then decipher the desired information. Mazda came up with formulas for measuring these intervals, which in turn enabled engineers to optimise display positioning and thereby viewing angles as well as determine the most favourable text size, line spacing and quantity of information shown at any given time.
They also studied manual distraction: when the hands are off the wheel working other controls. The company’s specialists determined that the best ways to cut down here were to ensure a stable body position and provide an ergonomic and efficient control device that can be used without the need to look at it. Hence the new rotary commander debuting in the Mazda3.
Finally, to minimise cognitive distraction – when the mind is no longer focused on operating the vehicle – cabin designers concentrated on decreasing confusion. They did so by allocating information into separate driving and non-driving related zones, and making the system as easy to use as possible.
It’s yet another example of how much effort Mazda dedicates to safety, usability and a first-class automobile experience.
The convention-defyingly advanced SKYACTIV powertrains available for the new Mazda3 include lightweight SKYACTIV-D diesel and SKYACTIV-G petrol engines along with innovative automatic and manual transmissions. i-stop, the world’s fastest idle-stop system, is standard equipment, and Mazda’s unique i-ELOOP brake energy regeneration system is also available.
SKYACTIV-Gdirect injection petrol engines feature:
■ a 14:1 compression ratio (world’s highest in a mass-production model*)
■ a fuel-saving 4-2-1 exhaust system, multi-hole injectors for enhanced fuel spray, special piston cavities, dual sequential valve timing and more to overcome the traditional downsides to high compression
There is a choice of three petrol powerplants:
The brand-new and exceptionally frugal SKYACTIV-G 1.5:
■ 74kW / 100PS at 6,000rpm & 150Nm at 4,000rpm Fuel consumption (combined) & CO2 emissions**:
■ with six-speed manual: 5.0l/100 km & 118g/km Emissions class: Euro 5
Standard and high-power versions of the SKYACTIV-G 2.0:
■ Standard power: 88kW / 120PS at 6,000rpm & 210Nm at 4,000rpm
■ High power: 121kW / 165PS at 6,000rpm & 210Nm at 4,000rpm
Fuel consumption (combined) & CO2 emissions**:
■ with six-speed manual: 5.1l/100 km & 119g/km
■ with six-speed automatic: 5.6l/100 km & 128g/km
Emissions class: Euro 5
High power (hatchback only)
■ with six-speed manual and i-ELOOP: 5.8l /100 km & 135g/km
Emissions class: Euro 5
The SKYACTIV-D 2.2 common-rail clean diesel features:
■ a 14:1 compression ratio (world’s lowest*)
■ a variable twin turbocharger
■ a balance shaft to offset vibrations
■ 110kW / 150PS at 4,500rpm & 380Nm at 1,800rpm
Fuel consumption (combined) & CO2 emissions**:
■ with six-speed manual: 3.9l/100 km & 104g/km
■ with six-speed automatic (hatchback only): 4.8l/100 km & 127g/km
Emissions class: Euro 6
* Available as of September 2013
** All figures for sedan unless stated otherwise
SKYACTIV-Drivesix-speed automatic transmission features:
■ full-range direct drive including a full-range lock-up clutch
■ a transmission computer linked to the engine computer for faster, smoother shifting
■ a kickdown switch to help prevent unwanted downshifts (or hasten one when desired)
SKYACTIV-MTsix-speed manual features:
■ the light, crisp shifting of the Mazda MX-5 roadster
■ more efficient packaging
■ better fuel economy than ever
➡ Both SKYACTIV transmissions are available in standard (up to 270Nm) and large versions (up to 460Nm).
The allure of SKYACTIV
In two short years on the market, Mazda’s pioneering SKYACTIV powertrains have taken the automobile world by storm, securing an ever-growing list of awards around the globe. Here a small selection thereof:
|2013 Auto Environment Prize (cars over 100 PS)||MAAF||France||Mazda6||SKYACTIV-D 2.2|
|Car of the Year 2013||Schweizer Illustrierte||Switzerland||Mazda6||SKYACTIV Technology|
|10 Top Tech Cars for 2012||IEEE||USA||Mazda CX-5||SKYACTIV-G 2.0 (with SKYACTIV-Drive automatic)|
|2012-13 Car Technology ofthe Year||Automotive Hall of Fame||Japan||Mazda CX-5||SKYACTIV-D 2.2|
|2012 Green Awards (winner SUV category)||What Car?||UK||Mazda CX-5||SKYACTIV-D 2.2|
|2012-13 Car of the Year||JCOTY||Japan||Mazda CX-5||SKYACTIV-D 2.2|
|SUV trophy||l’Argus de l’Automobile||France||Mazda CX-5||SKYACTIV-D 2.2|
|SUV of the Year||Motor Mundial||Spain||Mazda CX-5||SKYACTIV-D 2.2|
|Ward’s Best Engines 2012||Ward’s AutoWorld||USA||Mazda3||SKYACTIV-G 2.0|
|Technology of the Year 2013||QQ.com Auto Magazine||China||Mazda||SKYACTIV Technology|
|Best Innovative Technology||Auto Bild||Indonesia||Mazda||SKYACTIV-G|
CHASSIS & BODY
From steering, braking and aerodynamics to safety and NVH, the lightweight SKYACTIV Chassis and SKYACTIV-Body deliver pretty much the best Europe’s C segment has to offer.
Drivers will relish the outstanding linear handling and precise control, while passengers bask in the surprisingly quiet interior and advanced ride comfort.
■ Responds more faithfully than ever to driver input, with neutral steering through curves, a smooth, predictable pitch and roll, harmonious linear responsiveness diminishing the need for steering correction, and none of the understeer typical to FF layouts.
■ Perfectly balanced suspension boosts comfort, agility and high-speed stability.
■ The lighter yet stiffer suspension features enhanced geometry and dampers to better absorb road influences with no compromise to handling.
Reworked electric power-assisted steering system:
›› utilises a lower 14:1 gear ratio, increasing agility while requiring less effort from the driver
›› is smaller, lighter and more energy efficient than its predecessor
■ A retuned brake booster, reduced pedal play and smaller cylinders amplify brake control and responsiveness:
›› stopping distances among the top of the class
›› superb hold on wet roads (together with new high-grip tires)
›› also helps save fuel by reducing motion resistance
■ Lighter yet stronger than the current Mazda3:
›› overall weight reduced by expanding the proportion of high-tensile steels, thoroughly reviewing more than 300 body components and adopting lightweight SKYACTIV powertrains
›› body rigidity increased by some 30 per cent
›› dual brace structure added in order to suppress deformation of the body deformation when cornering
■ Among the best aerodynamics available (sedan and hatchback drag coefficients of 0.26 and 0.275), which helps boost fuel economy and road stability thanks e.g. to:
›› the new active air shutter*, which closes the lower front grille when the engine doesn’t require air cooling
›› new underbody covers and tire deflectors, which streamline air flow underneath the vehicle
›› special turbulence-curbing spoilers
■ The SKYACTIV-Body’s structure delivers exceptional crash safety by effectively absorbing impact energy and dispersing it away from the cabin using a multi-load path methodology along with a system of straight and continuous structures.
■ One of the quietest interiors in the C segment, featuring:
›› new lightweight sound-absorbing materials that block noise paths into the cabin
›› vibration and noise-suppressing enhancements ranging from stiffer powertrains and softer dampers to improved engine intake and exhaust systems
* Availability depends on version
The new Mazda3 combines an arsenal of high-tech active safety technology with its innovative occupant and pedestrian-focused passive safety concept. Like preceding SKYACTIV models, Mazda expects the maximum safety ratings for its new compact from Euro NCAP and others.
■ Forward Obstruction Warning (FOW)* keeps track of preceding vehicles at 15-200km/h, issuing a warning sound and visual alert should the new Mazda3 get too close.
■ Smart Brake Support (SBS)* pre-fills the brakes should FOW issue a warning, braking automatically if the system detects an imminent rear-end impact.
■ Smart City Brake Support (SCBS)* is Mazda’s low-speed autonomous emergency braking system, complementing SBS at speeds of 4-30 km/h, particularly during city driving.
■ Mazda Radar Cruise Control (MRCC)* adjusts the throttle and applies brake pressure to maintain a safe distance from preceding vehicles at speeds up to 200 km/h.
■ Rear Vehicle Monitoring (RVM)* warns of vehicles approaching from behind in adjacent lanes and the blind spots.
■ Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)* monitors lane markings at 65km/h and up, alerting the driver of unintended lane changes.
■ Distance Recognition Support System (DRSS)* calculates and displays the proximity and catch-up time to preceding vehicles at 30-200km/h.
■ Emergency Stop Signal (ESS)* rapidly blinks the four-way hazard lights to warn ensuing motorists of heavy braking from 50km/h and up.
■ High Beam Control (HBC)* changes automatically between high and low beams to avoid impairing other motorists.
■ Adaptive Front-lighting System (AFS)* turns the headlamps to follow curves.
■ Hill Launch Assist (HLA)* controls the brakes to prevent unwanted rolling during hill starts.
■ Standard ABS with EBD (Electronic Brakeforce Distribution) and brake assist (EBA), DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) and TCS (Traction Control System).
* Availability depends on equipment package and market
■ The highly-rigid yet lightweight SKYACTIV-Body is more secure on all sides thanks to stronger materials, straight, continuous members and reinforced joints.
■ Larger front-end crumple zones help absorb energy, channelling it around and away from the cabin along multi-load paths.
■ The reinforced side sills help prevent the front wheel from intruding into the cabin during a small overlap frontal impact.
■ A solid uninterrupted cage structure minimises cabin deformation and injury potential during a side impact by controlling the flow of impact energy.
■ Trim and other interior components optimised (e.g. by adding new shock-absorbing materials) to reduce the potential for injury to occupants.
■ Front seat cushion frame, seatback structure and headrests redesigned to prevent injuries; rear seats reinforced to stop luggage intrusion into the cabin.
■ Standard front, side and curtain airbags along with front seatbelt pretensioners and load limiters.
■ A bonnet and front bumper designed to better protect pedestrians, especially from blows to the head and legs.
Mazda Route3: Hiroshima Frankfurt Challenger Tour 2013
A convincing experience
Reliable, unconventional and fun to drive: The all-new Mazda3 was, of course, built according to this worldview. So to demonstrate how good it is, Mazda decided to take the first eight new-generation compacts destined for Europe directly from the factory in Japan and let teams of journalists, bloggers and Mazda enthusiasts drive them all the way to Germany.
That’s right: 15,000 km on the road from Vladivostok (after crossing the Sea of Japan by ship) through nine time zones, traversing Russia, Belarus and Poland. They called it the “Mazda Route3: Hiroshima-Frankfurt Challenger Tour 2013”. In the limelight: eight all-new Mazda3 hatchbacks in four colours and powered by 2.0-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol engines delivering 120 PS to the front wheels via six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions.
This is the third time Mazda models have been put through such an ordeal. In 1977 German journalists took two 60 PS Mazda 323s – predecessors to the Mazda3 – across southern Asia, with only a compass to navigate around washed-out roads, overcoming unrelenting potholes, incessant dust and 82-octane petrol to arrive on time in Frankfurt for that year’s IAA.
Then, in 1990, four Mazda 626s successfully navigated the former Soviet Union through territory previous off-limits, sometimes at a snail’s pace, in the face of mistrustful Soviet border troops and countless tire problems. The roads were brutal back then, and many sections still
are, as the teams who followed in their
tracks this summer know all too well.
It was thus with good reason that the only special modification to the Mazda Route3 cars were 16-inch wheels, since tires for the standard 18-inch rims can be hard to find in places like rural Siberia. Despite being the company’s most advanced compact ever, the new Mazda3 is still subject to tire blowouts. And as in the previous expeditions, huge and sometimes hidden potholes were a leading source of irritation and the cause of one or two potentially serious near-accidents.
The 2013 journey was split into seven overland legs averaging around 2,100 km, each with a fresh set of teams arriving mainly from Europe. It was a trip full of contrasts, from Siberia’s vast, rugged beauty to the plains of western Russia and eastern Europe. Participants witnessed modern works of engineering like the Amur River bridge in Khabarovsk and colossal infrastructure projects in central Asia next to quaint villages and colourful settlements out of a different century. They visited Lake Baikal, the world’s deepest, clearest and most voluminous body of freshwater. They partied with local Mazda3 club members in cities with names like Krasonyarsk, Chelyabinsk and Ufa. They ate strange but wonderful meals, experiencing everywhere a vibrant cultural diversity that made them forget the insects and dust, at least for the moment. From crumbling, empty highways and treacherous yet breathtaking mountain passes to Moscow’s gridlocked traffic chaos and pristine European motorways, they saw it all. And no matter where they went, the Mazda Route3 convoy experienced warmth, welcomed by smiles, waves and sometimes even applause.
Long days behind the wheel More than anything, though, they experienced the all-new Mazda3: for up to 12 hours a day, and fortunately with no major setbacks. The two scheduled service checks after some 5,000km and another 7,000 km later in Moscow confirmed how well the cars held up in the face of conditions that were on the whole worse than anyone expected.
And all eight Mazda3s arrived safely and on schedule in Frankfurt after what was a convincing all-round experience. Some of the hatchbacks are even on display at the IAA. A trip diary including photos and videos can be found at www.mazdaroute3.eu.
3 Technical specifications
The all new Mazda3
|Doors||4||4 + liftgate|
* With active air shutter
|Overall length with / without number plate holder||mm||4,585 / 4,580||4,465 / 4,460|
|Overall width (mirror to mirror)||mm||2,053||2,053|
|Overall height without shark fin antenna||mm||1,450||1,450|
|Overhang front with / without number plate holder||mm||930 / 925||930/ 925|
|Ground clearance between the axles||mm||155||155|
|Front shoulder room||mm||1,452||1,452|
|Rear shoulder room||mm||1,382||1,382|
|Front hip room||mm||1,411||1,411|
|Rear hip room||mm||1,360||1,360|
|Rear knee clearance||mm||16||16|
|Volume to tonneau cover with rear seats up (VDA)*||l||419||364|
|Volume to roof with rear seats folded down (VDA)*||l||–||1,263|
|Height floor to tonneau cover*||mm||501||500|
|Load floor length to 2nd row||mm||1,019||885|
|Load floor length to 1st row||mm||1,754||1,612|
|Width between rear wheel wells||mm||1,022|
|Width at floor||mm||1,319||1,261|
|Boot opening threshold, distance from ground||mm||706||701|
|Boot or liftgate opening width / height||mm||860 / –||1,020 / 735**|
* Models with tire repair kit, including sub-trunk
** With tire repair kit
ENGINES – PETROL
SKYACTIV-G 1.5 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-G 2.0
Standard Power High Power with i-ELOOP
Engine type I4 DOHC 16 valves I4 DOHC 16 valves I4 DOHC 16 valves
Displacement cm3 1,496 1,998 1,998
Bore x stroke mm 74.5×85.8 83.5×91.2 83.5×91.2
Camshaft drive Timing chain Timing chain Timing chain
Fuel injection system Direct injection Direct injection Direct injection
Compression ratio 14.0:1 14.0:1 14.0:1
control system Three-way catalyst Three-way catalyst Three-way catalyst
Max. power kW
rpm 74(100)/6,000 88(120)/6,000 121(165)/6,000
Max. torque Nm/
rpm 150/4,000 210/4,000 210/4,000
Fuel type 95 RON 95 RON 95 RON
capacity l 51 51 51
Capacity l 3.9 4.0 4.0
Battery Q-85 Q-85 Q-85
Transmission 6MT 6MT/6AT 6MT
ENGINES – DIESEL
Engine type I4 DOHC 16 valves
Displacement cm3 2,191
Bore x stroke mm 86.0×94.3
Camshaft drive Timing chain
system Direct injection
Compression ratio 14.0:1
Emission control Oxidation catalyst
system and DPF
Max. power kW
Max. torque Nm/
Fuel type CN 51 (diesel)
Fuel tank capacity l 51
Capacity l 4.8
SKYACTIV-MT transmission for Sedan
SKYACTIV-G 1.5 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-D 2.2
Transmission type 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed
manual manual manual
Powertrain FWD FWD FWD
1st 3.700 3.700 3.357
2nd 1.947 1.947 1.826
3rd 1.300 1.300 1.565
4th 1.029 1.029 1.085
5th 0.837 0.837 0.854
6th 0.680 0.680 0.711
Reverse 3.724 3.724 4.091
Final drive ratio 4.105 3.619 3.619/2.814
SKYACTIV-Drive transmission for Sedan
SKYACTIV-G 2.0 Standard Power
Transmission type 6-speed automatic
Final drive ratio 4.325
SKYACTIV-MT transmission for hatchback
SKYACTIV-G 1.5 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-D 2.2
Standard Power High Power with
Transmission type 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed 6-speed
manual manual manual manual
Powertrain FWD FWD FWD FWD
1st 3.700 3.700 3.363 3.357
2nd 1.947 1.947 1.947 1.826
3rd 1.300 1.300 1.300 1.565
4th 1.029 1.029 1.029 1.085
5th 0.837 0.837 0.837 0.854
6th 0.680 0.680 0.680 0.711
Reverse 3.724 3.724 3.385 4.091
Final drive ratio 4.105 3.619 4.388 3.619/2.814
SKYACTIV-Drive transmission for hatchback
SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-D 2.2
Standard Power Transmission type
6-speed automatic 6-speed automatic
Powertrain FWD FWD
1st 3.552 3.487
2nd 2.022 1.992
3rd 1.452 1.449
4th 1.000 1.000
5th 0.708 0.707
6th 0.599 0.600
Reverse 3.893 3.990
Final drive ratio 4.325 3.548
Suspension and wheels
SKYACTIV-G 1.5 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-D 2.2
Standard Power High Power
Front suspension MacPherson strut
Rear suspension Multi-link
(front / rear) 22.2 / 17
(front & rear) Twin tube
Wheels & tires
Wheel size 16X6.5J
Tire size 205/60 R16
Steering and Brakes
SKYACTIV-G 1.5 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-D 2.2
Standard Power High Power
Steering type Rack and pinion
Power assist type Electric power assist
Steering gear ratio 14.1
Steering wheel turns
(lock to lock) 2.57
(kerb to kerb) m 5.3
(wall to wall) m 5.7
Type front Ventilated discs
Type rear Solid discs
Diameter front mm 280 295 295 295
Diameter rear mm 265 265 265 265
booster diameter inches 9 9 9 9
maintenance Every 20,000km / 12 months
Sedan Performance and Weights
SKYACTIV- SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV-
G 1.5 Standard Power D 2.2
Transmission type 6MT 6MT 6AT 6MT
Top speed km/h 185 198 198 213
0-100 km/h* s 10.7 8.8 10.3 8.0
km 6.4 6.5 7.0 4.7
Extra urban l/100
km 4.2 4.3 4.8 3.5
km 5.0 5.1 5.6 3.9
(combined) g/km 118 119 128 104
Emission rating Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 6
Weight and payload
Min. kerb weight
(without driver) kg 1,190 1,200 1,235 1,310
weight** kg 1,265 1,275 1,310 1,385
weight kg 1,800 1,815 1,835 1,910
Max. payload kg 610 615 600 600
axle weight kg 930 960 980 1,060
axle weight kg 945 930 930 925
without brakes kg 600 600 600 650
(12% slope) kg 950 1,300 1,300 1,500
(8% slope) kg 1,500 1,600 1,600 1,800
Max. roof load
capacity kg 75 75 75 75
* Under Mazda test conditions
** Including 75kg driver
Hatchback Performance and Weights
SKYACTIV- SKYACTIV-G 2.0 SKYACTIV- SKYACTIV-
G 1.5 Standard Power G 2.0 D 2.2
Transmission type 6MT 6MT 6AT 6MT 6MT 6AT
Top speed km/h 182 195 194 210 210 201
0-100 km/h* s 10.8 8.9 10.4 8.2 8.1 9.7
km 6.5 6.5 7.0 7.5 4.9 6.0
Extra urban l/100
km 4.3 4.3 4.8 4.8 3.6 4.1
km 5.1 5.1 5.6 5.8 4.1 4.8
(combined) g/km 119 119 129 135 107 127
Emission rating Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 5 Euro 6 Euro 6
Weight and payload
Min. kerb weight
(without driver) kg 1,190 1,205 1,240 1,220 1,320 1,330
weight** kg 1,265 1,280 1,315 1,295 1,395 1,405
weight kg 1,800 1,815 1,835 1,815 1,910 1,930
Max. payload kg 610 610 595 595 590 600
weight kg 930 960 980 960 1,060 1,075
weight kg 945 930 930 930 925 930
brakes kg 600 600 600 600 650 650
(12% slope) kg 950 1,300 1,300 1,300 1,500 1,500
(8% slope) kg 1,500 1,600 1,600 1,600 1,800 1,500
load capacity kg 75 75 75 75 75 75
* Under Mazda test conditions
** Including 75kg driver
4 MAZDA MOTOR CORPORATION
Facts & Figures
Fiscal Year ending 31st March 2013
Headquarters 3-1 Shinchi, Fuchu-cho,
Founded Toyo Cork Kogyo founded 1920 in
Hiroshima; production of first Mazda
vehicle (three-wheeler) in 1931; renamed
Mazda Motor Corporation in 1984
Chairman of the Board,
President and CEO Masamichi Kogai
Capital JPN ¥ 258,957 million
(as of June 25th 2013)
Listed at Tokyo Stock Exchange
Employees 37,745 worldwide
Production Sites/ ■ Hiroshima & Hofu, Japan,
Capacity/Vehicles 996,000 units / year, passenger cars /
■ Ujina, Japan,
514,800 units / year, passenger cars /
■ Hofu, Japan, 481,200 units / year,
passenger cars (Mazda cars and trucks
are assembled in 11 countries and
regions, 13 sites worldwide)
R&D Centres ■ Hiroshima, Japan
■ Yokohama, Japan
■ Irvine, California, USA
■ Flat Rock, Michigan, USA
■ Oberursel, Germany
■ Shanghai, China
Vehicle Production* 879,000 units (Japan domestic)
Whole Sales Volume* approx. 1,053,262 units globally
(225,683 Japan domestic /
Net Sales* JPN ¥ 2,205,270,000,000.-€ 18.4 billion **
Operating Income* JPN ¥ 53,936,000,000.- € 449.5 million**
Net Income* JPN ¥ 34,304,000,000.- € 285.9 million**
Global Presence Exports to approximately 100 countries
and regions around the world