NEW ZEALAND’S TOP DEALER NAMED

Christchurch’s Blackwells Mazda has been named as Mazda’s 2019 Dealer of the Year, with part of the winning team at Blackwells Mazda pictured above:  L-R, Wayne McLellan-Parts Manager; Jeff Bunz-Service Manager; Aaron Frazer-Sales Manager; Kitty Hong-Marketing Manager; Seth Ovens-Dealer Principal.

The Dealer of the Year award takes into account vehicle and parts sales, service department performance and customer satisfaction. 

Mazda New Zealand Managing Director David Hodge said the team at Blackwells has shown initiative when working on ways to grow the business. He explained: “The award celebrates dealers who go the extra mile, and Blackwells does this.”

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MAZDA2 GIVEAWAY at villa maria

As part of its sponsorship of the annual Women’s Half Marathon at Villa Maria in January, Mazda gave away a new Mazda2 to one lucky runner who completed either the 21km half marathon, the 10km event or the 5km race. 

And the randomly drawn winner of the new model was Korrin Laker, a teacher at Maraetai Beach School, Auckland, who finished the 10km event in 403rd place overall with a time of one hour 20 minutes and 40 seconds, and was also classified as 128th in her age category. Korrin was delighted to receive the keys for her new car.

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Mazda also ran a competition at the event where entrants were invited to guess how many sneakers were in the boot of a Mazda3 in support of Barefeet NZ, a charity that aims to ensure all Kiwis have the equipment to take part in outdoor activities. 

The three closest guesses each won a voucher from the sneaker store Shoe Science. Afterwards, the sneakers were donated to the Barefeet NZ charity. 

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Mazda TAKES SCHOOLs TO THE ZOO

Mazda has extended its popular competition programme at Auckland Zoo. Last year, 15 classes from Auckland schools won tailored class trips there, with one group hosted by Mazda Ambassador, Peter Wolfkamp.

Interest was so strong that this year the competition is being opening up to Primary and Intermediate schools nationwide. Schools within the Auckland region will win free class trips to the Zoo, while one class outside the Auckland region will win a cash prize.

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This year the focus will be on fitness, and the NZ Warriors rugby league team has been enlisted to come along to share fitness tips with the kids when they visit on their trip. Mazda is proud to support the Zoo and provide new learning opportunities for Kiwi students.

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TREEmendous start to the year

Four schools around New Zealand will have an unused area of their grounds transformed into an outdoor learning space as part of the 2020 TREEmendous programme run by the Mazda Foundation and Project Crimson (read our interview with the latter's CEO here).

Burnside Primary (Christchurch), Hobsonville Point Primary School (Auckland), Roslyn School (Palmerston North) and Stanhope Road School (Auckland, pictured) were the schools which were selected. “We can’t wait to get planting,” said David Hodge, Chairman of the Mazda Foundation.

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The First-Ever Mazda CX-30

The first-ever Mazda CX-30 heralds a new generation of Mazda SUVs, combining space and style, bold design and premium materials plus the latest intelligent technology. Sitting between the CX-3 and CX-5, the new CX-30 offers the practicality of an SUV combined with coupe-like styling and dynamic handling inspired by the Mazda3. Key to the CX-30’s engaging driving experience is Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus), which keeps the vehicle stable during sudden steering inputs and gives the driver confidence when cornering.

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The CX-30 is highly regarded for safety, too, earning praise from the European New Car Assessment Programme (Euro NCAP) for its passive safety after achieving a record 99 per cent for adult occupant protection. Its active safety credentials are equally impressive. Standard tech includes Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane-Keep Assist, Lane-Departure Warning, Mazda Radar Cruise Control, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Traffic Sign Recognition and Smart Brake Support – forward and reverse.

Plus it comes with Mazda’s five-year unlimited-kilometre warranty, Mazda On-Call Roadside Assistance and five-year/100,000km Mazda Scheduled Servicing.

Register your interest in the First-Ever Mazda CX-30

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Reader Q&A: Andrew Holliday

To celebrate Mazda’s centenary, car photographer Andrew Holliday from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada answers the question: What Does Mazda Mean To You?

“In 2012 I purchased my first Mazda, which I still own and love. Looking in the classified ads, I found the red 1990 MX-5 with low mileage and in impeccable condition. My wife was out with our car at the time, so I hopped on my bicycle and rode to the owner’s home several towns away. I bought it on the spot.

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Since that day, my wife and I have packed the trunk with camping gear and set off on several long road trips, camping the whole way. Not a month into ownership we drove 4,500 miles down the coast to L.A., east to the Grand Canyon, and back up to BC.

My wife’s version of the story has been highlighted in a video called Mazda Dreams. She had always wanted an MX-5, so owning this car has been a dream come true for her. I started taking pictures for Mazda Canada in 2013, photographing the new Mazda3 around Vancouver for Mazda’s media division. Since then, I’ve worked with Mazda Canada throughout the Okanagan, Whistler, and Vancouver to photograph new models such as the CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6. My most memorable job took me beyond the Arctic Circle in Alaska. Our group embarked on a road trip in two Mazda3s under the midnight sun, driving on infamous roads like the Denali and Dalton highways.

I appreciate both Mazda’s Kodo design and Jinba Ittai philosophy, and I’ve truly enjoyed capturing the design elements of each car. The assignments have provided some of my shooting career highlights and Mazda has given me many of my best driving memories.”

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IMSA prototype drivers confirmed

Mazda is running a familiar line-up of drivers in this year’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship in the United States. Harry Tincknell and Jonathan Bomarito (pictured) are pairing up in the No. 55 Mazda RT24-P. They are being joined in the Michelin Endurance Cup by Ryan Hunter-Reay. The No. 77 car sees Oliver Jarvis and Tristan Nunez team up, with Olivier Pla joining the pair for the longer races.

Things got off to a flying start for the team at the season opener, the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona on 26 January. With Oliver Jarvis putting the No. 77 car on pole, anticipation for podium success was high and the team delivered in style when after 833 laps, the car finished the race in second place.

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The No. 55 car was not quite as successful, sustaining bodywork damage and a penalty during the race. Despite this, No. 55 was in contention for the win for much of the 24 hours, ultimately finishing in sixth place (and securing a healthy chunk of championship points).

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