WATCH: 100 YEARS OF MAZDA
This year is, of course, a very special one for Mazda as it marks 100 years since its foundation in 1920. The company originally started out as a cork manufacturer, but moved into vehicle production within two decades. To celebrate the centenary, a special video has been produced that records some of the landmark moments in the firm’s history and pays tribute to some of its most significant cars.
DIGITAL LAUNCH FOR FIRST-EVER MAZDA CX-30
Not even a full lockdown was enough to stop Mazda telling the New Zealand media about its latest SUV.
To mark the arrival of the First-Ever Mazda CX-30, the company held the country’s first-ever digital new car launch in April. More than 30 journalists assembled on a video call to hear all the key details of a model that has already received wide acclaim in other countries, with a top three finish in the prestigious World Car of the Year among the highlights.
The CX-30 is a new generation of Mazda SUV, and offers a perfect blend of space and style. A striking design is combined with premium materials and finishes and the latest intelligent technology, while the driving experience is outstanding.
The model has also received high praise from the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) for its safety credentials. It was awarded a record 99% for Adult Occupant Protection and gained a five-star rating overall.
Among the i-Activsense features that it offers as standard across the range are Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Lane-keep Assist System, Mazda Radar Cruise Control with Stop & Go, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse Camera, Traffic Sign Recognition and Smart Brake Support.
The GSX grade starts in front-wheel drive at $41,490 and comes with Daytime Running Lights, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, Satellite Navigation and Radar Cruise Control. The model is powered by a 2.0L Skyactiv-G engine with i-stop.
GTX is the next grade and is AWD at $44,990. It adds Heated Exterior Mirrors, 18-inch Silver Metallic Alloy Wheels and Dual Zone Climate Air Conditioning with Rear Vent.
Under the bonnet is a 2.5L Skyactiv-G engine with cylinder deactivation, which also features in the AWD Limited.
This model starts at $50,990 and offers an Electric Sunroof, Steering Wheel Paddle Shift Gear Control, Privacy Glass, a Bose® 12-Speaker Premium Audio System and Leather Seats with power adjustment for the driver.
To find out more about the First-Ever CX-30, or to book a test drive, click on the link below.
GAME ON WITH MAZDA RX-VISION
One of Mazda’s most exciting concept cars – the RX-Vision – is now available to drive. Sadly, it’s only in the virtual world, but the vehicle, developed exclusively for Gran Turismo Sport on the PlayStation®4, still conveys the joy of driving that Mazda engineers into its real-world cars.
The RX-Vision GT3 has received a few enhancements over the original concept car, adopting a more aggressive appearance; there's an increase in both the front and rear track width and the width of the fenders. But, the most exciting news for Mazda fans is the introduction of the next-generation rotary engine. To meet the required engine output for its class, the RX-Vision GT3 mounts a four-rotor Skyactiv-R engine in the lightweight chassis.
Players over the age of 18 who use a Mazda are automatically eligible to participate in the FIA-certified Gran Turismo Championship. This competition pits players from around the world against one another with winners progressing to Regional Finals and a World Final. For more about the GT Championship, click the link below.
“Even after retiring from use as a rental car, my little Mazda2 has many miles of zipping around left to deliver. It is reliable, easy to repair, and fun to drive.”
“I love my Capella because of its stunning bodywork. The beautiful design (with round side mirrors and shiny metallic colour) turns heads wherever I drive. It’s one of a kind in Finland.”
“The main reason I love my Mazda is because of how it drives. Every corner feels amazing, the ride is smooth and it’s quick to respond. That’s why I chose Mazda over anyone else.”
"In 1995 a neighbour happened to have parked their brand new, sparkling RX-7 in their driveway... I knew at that very moment I was destined to someday own and modify one.”
“When I finished university, my dad bought me this 323. Even though it is quite old, it has more life than many new cars. It is a Japanese car that steals attention despite its years.”
MORE MONEY AWARDED BY MAZDA FOUNDATION
The latest round of grants has been made by the Mazda Foundation with over $55,000 distributed to 16 community organisations and individuals across New Zealand supporting people and projects in education, environment and those in need.
$16,500 was provided towards funding for four therapy dogs to help young people across the country manage stress and anxiety. For people struggling with mental health, everyday tasks can feel overwhelming. There are many different treatments and management strategies for mental health, but for some a therapy dog is invaluable.
While a therapy dog is unable to change the circumstances of their owner, they are always present, available and are a reliable source of comfort and companionship.
Therapy dogs are trained to calm their owners and reduce anxiety by laying on their laps and using their body weight to provide deep pressure calming, similar to a weighted blanket.
Esme Law, Briana Scanlon, Ashley Highnam (all pictured above) and Asher Dickson all received funding for therapy dogs.
Other people helped by Mazda Foundation this round included: Rachel Reynolds Kindergarten (also pictured) to purchase a rainwater collecting tank for children to use for play and to water the gardens; The Helping Paws Charitable Trust; Ellesmere Scout Group. You can find the full details of other recipients here, or to apply for a grant, please click on the link below.
WATCH: MAZDA MOTORSPORTS MOMENTS
Whet your appetite for the return of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship by watching Mazda Motorsports Moments on YouTube. Produced during lockdown, the video series features driver interviews and behind-the-scenes insight reflecting on the 2019 breakthrough season, when Mazda recorded a hat-trick of memorable victories. Search for Mazda Motorsports Moments or click on the link below.
Imsa CONFIRMS RETURN TO ACTION
IMSA has confirmed plans for its race series to return to action following the enforced absence caused by the coronavirus. A revised calendar for 2020 has been published, with the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship having resumed on 4 July at the Daytona International Speedway in Florida.
However, to ensure social distancing regulations are adhered to, no fans will be in attendance. The series will then visit Sebring International Raceway in Florida on 17 July, before further stops at Virginia, Laguna Seca, Wisconsin, Ohio, Watkins Glen, Atlanta and Lime Rock Park. The season is scheduled to conclude with the Twelve Hours of Sebring in November.
“IMSA is grateful to all of our promoter partners for collaborating with us to develop a revised schedule of outstanding events,” said IMSA President John Doonan.
“Our priority since March has been to get back to racing as safely and as quickly as possible, and this revised schedule is evidence of that. We appreciate the patience, cooperation, and input of our IMSA stakeholders, and we all are very much looking forward to going racing again.”
Mazda made an excellent start to the season with Oliver Jarvis, Tristan Nunez and Olivier Pla claiming second place in the Daytona 24 Hours in January in the RT24-P prototype.
Mazda’s 100th Anniversary Edition models
There has been a range of different activities by Mazda in 2020 to acknowledge its centenary. However, the ultimate celebration to mark this historic occasion sees the company doing what it does best, by producing special 100th Anniversary Edition models across each passenger carline, in limited numbers.
Mazda New Zealand Managing Director, David Hodge, says the 100th Anniversary Edition models are the perfect way to celebrate the company’s 100th birthday.
“Mazda has been a leading innovator in the industry. From the development of the rotary engine through to winning Le Mans 24 Hours and the development of the Skyactiv engine, Mazda has made its mark in the automotive industry and will continue to do so in the future.
“Our customers, who have been such an important part of the Mazda story, get the opportunity to share in the celebrations by purchasing special 100th Anniversary Editions from our passenger and SUV range starting from MX-5 right through to our flagship CX-9.”
There is a specially designed 100th Anniversary Logo that overlays the current Mazda brand symbol atop the round “Industry” logo created when Toyo Kogyo – the original name of the company – was first formed.
The special 100th Anniversary Edition models will feature Snowflake White Pearl exterior paint, the 100th Anniversary exterior badge, anniversary wheel caps, burgundy leather seat trim with anniversary headrest logo, red floor carpet and floor mats with anniversary aluminium branding, anniversary key fob, special edition lower instrument panel trim and white door trim inserts.
Under Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom 2030 vision, and in line with Mazda’s mission to enrich people’s lives and create a sustainable society, for every 100th Anniversary Edition vehicle sold, Mazda New Zealand will purchase 50 trees from the Trees That Count programme to plant in the “Mazda Native Forest”.
David Hodge says: “This is a great initiative and builds on the work we have done planting trees at schools with Project Crimson since 2008 via the Mazda Foundation’s TREEmendous School Programme. More recently Mazda’s association with Trees That Count, has seen a further 50,000 trees planted throughout New Zealand.”
Trees That Count can provide regular updates to the 100th Anniversary owner about their trees, including planting date and their location, while Mazda will also produce unique number plate surrounds with special “Mazda” and “Trees That Count” branding.
Mazda Sponsors the Wellington and Auckland Food Shows
This year, Mazda is honoured to sponsor the Wellington and Auckland Food Shows. Discover hundreds of new flavours to try, buy and feed your inspiration. Watch and learn from celebrity chefs as they share their hottest recipes in live cooking demonstrations.
Packed with the tastiest food, most delicious drinks, essential cooking equipment and show specials too good to pass up! The Wellington Show will be held at Sky Stadium from Friday 30 October to Sunday 1 November followed by the Auckland Show at ASB Showgrounds from Thursday 19 to Sunday 22 November.
If you can’t wait for your food fix, hit the link below for more information, or get stuck in with this delightfully moist Crazy Italian Chocolate Cake from Chelsea Winter.