A round up of the latest Mazda news and car reviews
Mazda Canada donates vehicles to help train automotive technician students
Earlier this year Mazda Canada donated two 2019 Mazda CX-5s to the Algonquin College’s School of Advanced Technology in Ontario. The vehicles are currently being used to help train students in electrical and computer diagnostics and suspension, brakes and engine operation/diagnosis classes.
Algonquin College President and CEO Claude Brulé said: “These donations are critical to providing our learners with examples of current automotive technology that they will encounter in the workplace. We are grateful to our community partners at Mazda Canada Inc. and appreciate their commitment to helping train the next generation of automotive technicians.”
Mazda CX-5 and CX-9 receive mid-year upgrades
The upgraded models boast technologies such as a larger infotainment screen, along with Mazda Connected Services which will be enabled from this Fall. Mazda Connected Services allows drivers to control elements of their vehicle remotely. In addition, the CX-5 2021.5 model will also be fitted with a full suite of i-Activsense safety features as standard equipment.
All-electric 2022 Mazda MX-30 in dealerships this Fall
Mazda’s first fully electric vehicle will soon be arriving on Canadian shores. Beginning with dealerships in Quebec and British Columbia, the MX-30 is engineered with e-Skyactiv technology and an electric powertrain, resulting in the same effortless driving that Mazda is known for but with zero driving emissions. Adding to the MX-30’s environmental credentials, the car’s cabin is designed with natural and sustainable materials such as cork and breathable fabrics that have been created from fibres of recycled plastic bottles. The MX-30 will also be joined by a plug-in hybrid version of the model soon – tap here to register your interest.
Mazda announces future sustainable technology plans
Mazda has announced its latest technology and product plans, supporting the company’s long-term environmental vision known as “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030”. One of the earliest technologies that will be available is “Mazda’s Co-Pilot Concept”, an autonomous driving system that constantly monitors the driver’s physical condition and takes control of their car in the event of an emergency. To read more about Mazda’s Co-Pilot Concept, click here.
In addition, Mazda is working towards a worldwide goal of electrifying its entire fleet by 2030* with plans also in place to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050. To read more about Mazda’s electrification plans, click here. To find out more about Mazda’s multi-solution approach for reducing its impact on the environment, tap here.
*By 2030 all vehicles will be equipped with some form of electrification, and many vehicles will continue to operate with an internal combustion engine.
Exploring Japanese culture in Vancouver by Mazda CX-9
“Overall, the Mazda CX-9 was a comfortable, easy drive, and despite traveling all over the city, the fuel tank indicator hardly moved. I could have gone a lot farther. They’re lucky I returned it.”
Read more about our writer taking a trip back to her Japanese roots in Vancouver.
Review: A Guide To Roadsters For 2021 – Mazda MX-5
“The Mazda MX-5 is to roadsters what Nirvana was to rock music — a simple, back-to-basics approach that emphasized emotion over gimmicks or glamour, and essentially saved the whole genre in the process.”Chris D’Alessandro, wheels.ca
Review: 2021 Mazda MX-5 RF GT
“If the MX-5 RF’s snug interior can be described as fitting like a proverbial glove, its audio system can be equated to a great pair of headphones.”Matthew Guy, driving.ca
2021 Mazda3 100th Anniversary Edition
“You get way more for the money in terms of tech than you would in those luxury car brands, and way more performance than you would with the non-luxury compact sedans.”Brian Smith, reader, driving.ca
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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