Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

A Robust and Enduring Hatch Long Term Endurance; Bigger Inside with Improved Finishes, Grant Edwards Finds Australiaa[euro][TM]s Most Popular Car Is about to Get Even Better

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

A Robust and Enduring Hatch Long Term Endurance; Bigger Inside with Improved Finishes, Grant Edwards Finds Australiaa[euro][TM]s Most Popular Car Is about to Get Even Better

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ENERGISED with a slicker skin and classier cabin details, an all-new Mazda3 will be unleashed on an adoring Australian public early next year.

Opting for evolution rather than revolution, this new a3 has a fitter appearance.

We were the first in the world to see the Japanese carmakeras all-important hatch, unveiled in Melbourne ahead of New York, London, St Petersburg and Istanbul.

It is a vital car for Mazda globally and Down Under. For the past two years the a3 was Australiaas best-selling car and itas once again fighting for the title, although things are tight with the two-pronged Toyota attack from Corolla and HiLux. But Mazda is confident it has the product that will maintain sales momentum.

Sculpted design

In profile, the new Mazda3as waistline has waves of building momentum. The beltline lifts with the bonnet, dips at the windscreen and lifts again toward the rear.

Inspiration includes a cheetah in full flight, the design indicative of pent-up explosive energy, to give an appearance of speed even while standing still.

Up front is a new signature corporate grille, similar to what weave seen on the CX-5 and Mazda6, which were the first to wear the companyas aKodoa design. Itas pronounced and proud a reminiscent of Superman unveiling his moniker from Clark Kent attire.

The new Mazda3 is on a wheelbase that is 60mm longer and 40mm wider, while sitting 15mm lower than its predecessor. Yet the length is exactly the same as the outgoing model, while the sedan is 10mm shorter.

Up-market interior

Hefty ground has been made in cabin ambience.

A new carbon-fibre look material, along with high sheen satin chrome finishes are the highlights of a more contemporary interior.

On show this week was a range-topping derivative, with beautifully soft two-tone leather seats and a slick pop-up 17cm colour screen, which reminds us of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class.

Refined leather-stitched coverings also adorned the steering wheel, hand brake and console.

There is extra interior space, with an improved outlook for the front passenger, while the A-pillars have been moved 100mm rearward for better peripheral vision. …

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