|By JCN Newswire||
|October 9, 2013 01:04 AM EDT||
The all-new Axela follows the hot-selling Mazda CX-5 and Atenza (known overseas as Mazda6) as the third model to adopt both Mazda's next-generation SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY(2) and its new KODO - Soul of Motion design theme.
Since the launch of the first generation model in 2003, the Axela has consistently exceeded both customer expectations and industry standards. Responsive handling ensures an exhilarating drive while excellent environmental and safety performance is topped off with an emotive design and complemented by the highest levels of craftsmanship. As a result it has established itself as one of Mazda's core models. With over 3.7 million units sold in over 120 countries around the world, the Axela accounts for more than thirty percent of Mazda's sales volume.(3)
In addition to SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY, the third generation Axela incorporates Mazda's latest technologies, including many of the i-ACTIVSENSE(4) advanced safety technologies featured in the company's flagship Atenza. It is offered in gasoline, diesel and hybrid versions, making Mazda the first Japanese automaker to offer three different powertrain types in a single model in the Japanese market.*5 The needs of the customer are becoming more and more diverse, and Mazda is ready to meet these needs with both outstanding environmental and safety performance, and the company's trademark driving pleasure.
Furthermore, the all-new Axela marks the introduction of Mazda Connect, the company's unique car-connectivity system. In the age of smartphones and tablet computers, people expect to be able to connect to the internet anywhere, anytime. Connected cars make it possible to obtain and disseminate information even while being behind the wheel. This has resulted in a sudden increase in the amount of information presented to the driver and Mazda feels strongly that steps must be taken to counter the increased risk of driver distraction and associated safety risks. Based on Mazda's unique Heads-Up Cockpit concept, Mazda Connect was designed with the highest priority placed on safety. By connecting people with the outside world through their vehicles, Mazda Connect will deliver customers a richer experience of car ownership.
(1) Except SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine model with manual transmission. This model is due to be released next spring.
(2) SKYACTIV is the umbrella term for Mazda's range of next-generation technologies - including gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, and a new body and chassis - developed under Mazda's Sustainable Zoom-Zoom vision to provide driving pleasure balanced with outstanding environmental and safety performance.
(3) As of September 1, 2013. Mazda data.
(4) I-ACTIVSENSE is an umbrella term for Mazda's advanced safety technologies that use detecting devices such as millimeter-wave radars and cameras.
Mazda Motor Corporation (TSE: 7261) started manufacturing tools in 1929 and soon branched out into production of trucks for commercial use. In the early 1960s, Mazda launched its first passenger car models and began developing rotary engines. Still headquartered in Hiroshima in western Japan, Mazda today ranks as one of Japan's leading automakers, and exports cars to the United States and Europe for over 30 years. For more information, please visit www.mazda.com.
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