A roundup of the latest Mazda news and reviews
Mazda3 wins Canadian Car of the Year
The Mazda3 has been named the 2021 Canadian Car of the Year by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC). The verdict made award history as the Mazda3 became the first vehicle to win this accolade for two consecutive years, and the only vehicle to have won the award three times.
The Mazda3 became eligible for Canadian Car of the Year following a category victory as AJACs Best Mid-Size Car in Canada for 2021 earlier this year. “This is a historic win for Mazda and we are honoured to be the first to reach these milestones with AJAC,” said David Klan, President & CEO of Mazda Canada.
New Kuro Edition range revealed
Mazda Canada has unveiled the all-new Kuro Edition range for the 2021 CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6. The exclusive lineup includes a choice between the stunning Jet Black Mica or Polymetal Grey Metallic exteriors and boasts sleek Garnet Red leather seats, and a powerful Skyactiv-G 2.5 litre engine.
To celebrate the launch, Mazda Canada partnered up with three creatives and influencers from across the country—tattoo artist David Peyote, jewelry designer Ashley Alexis McFarlane and artist Maxwell N. Burnstein. Commenting on the new design McFarlane said: “The combination of the calm tranquillity of black and bold intensity of red is very visceral.”
Every 2021 Mazda Model Tested Earns Top Safety Award
For the fifth year running Mazda has won TOP SAFETY PICK awards for vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent safety-testing organisation.
The IIHS awarded the highest safety designation available, TOP SAFETY PICK+, to the CX-9 with standard equipment. And the top honours also went to the 2021 Mazda3, Mazda3 Sport, Mazda6, CX-5 and CX-30 (built after September 2020) when equipped with optional front crash prevention technology.
The Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover earned a TOP SAFETY PICK award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.
Mazda fans raise funds for local charities
These challenging times have brought out the very best in human spirit, and Mazda fans have shown a united front by giving back to their community. Eight clubs across the country including the Miataphiles, the Canadian Rockies Miata Club and the Maritime Miata Club have been donating funds to local food banks, hospitals and charities. And to show support to clubs who could no longer gather because of COVID, Mazda Canada partnered with them to raise a collective total of over $30,000 so far.
The Niagara Peninsula Miata Club raised $2,000 from club funds and donations for local food banks, including the Salvation Army Hamilton food bank and Hamilton Food Share. The Trillium Miata Club raised $2,000 too, which was distributed among the North Harvest Food Bank, Women’s Shelters of Canada and Covenant House Toronto. Based in Southern Ontario, some club members also took part in a food-drop off last spring, loading their MX-5 trunks with much-needed supplies.
Former club president Gary Svoboda said: “We’re a very active club and passionate about our cars. When lockdown began we had to channel that passion elsewhere, so we came up with the idea of dropping off donations at the food bank as a way to get back into our cars and do something useful.
“After that, we decided to focus on giving back to those who are needier than us in the community. We reached out to our membership to raise some money and then Mazda Canada offered to match our donations. They’ve been very supportive of our fundraising.”
Mazda in The Car Guide’s Best Buys list
Mazda has scored highly in The Car Guide’s ‘Best Buys’ list for 2021, featuring in five out of 26 categories. The Quebec publication crowned the Mazda3 winner of the Compact Car category and also recommended the Mazda MX-5, CX-3, CX-5 and CX-30 in the Convertible, Urban Crossover, Compact SUV and Subcompact SUV categories.
Review: 2021 Mazda CX-5 Signature
“The Mazda’s polished road manners and upscale cabin set it apart, making it the compact crossover we want to drive day after day.”Joey Capparella, Car and Driver Comparison Test
Review: 2021 Mazda CX-5 100th Anniversary edition
“This is a true five-passenger vehicle, and I’d describe it like a hatchback on steroids. The front-end styling is absolutely Mazda, and to me, it’s stylishly different.”Jeff Griffiths, reader, Driving.ca
Material republished with the express permission of: Driving.ca, a division of Postmedia Network Inc.
Review: 2021 Mazda6 Kuro Edition
“The car’s sleek lines, handsome proportions and sharp aerodynamic aesthetic is as prominent now as it was when it went on sale in 2013.”Lee Bailie, Wheels.ca
Review: 2020 Mazda CX-30 GT
“What every modern Mazda seems to ace is its interior design. This is Japanese artwork at its finest, and I would buy a Mazda just for the cabin atmosphere alone.”Calvin Chan, Canadian Auto Review
Mazda Canada partners with Driving Unlimited Academy
Mazda Canada has joined forces with Driving Unlimited Academy, providing the school with a fleet of Mazda3 Sport GT AWD models for their student training vehicles.
“It’s the perfect vehicle as it has all the latest active and passive safety features,” says the academy’s President and CEO Danny Kok. “It also has great ergonomics and sightlines that are beneficial to learner drivers, as well as great styling.”
Driving Unlimited Academy operates throughout the Greater Vancouver Area, and the City of Kelowna and West Kelowna.
The great escape
“Throughout our 600 kilometre trip, we felt in safe hands with the Mazda CX-30’s superb suite of i-Activsense Advanced driver-assistance technologies always at work. But the most game-changing feature for me as a driver is Mazda Radar Cruise Control. The CX-30’s millimetre wave radar judges the relative speed of the car in front and automatically regulates its own. I found it particularly impressive when a car in front of me unexpectedly slowed down.”
Read more about our Mazda CX-30 road trip in New Zealand.
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