HIROSHIMA, Japan—Mazda Motor Corporation today announced that it will begin taking pre-orders for the all-new Mazda Axela sports compact (known overseas as Mazda3) on October 10, 2013 at Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam dealers throughout Japan.*1 The manufacturer's suggested retail price ranges from 1,711,500 yen to 2,982,000 yen (including taxes). The company expects to sell 3,000 units per month in Japan. Sales will begin on November 21, starting with the gasoline engine and hybrid models.*1
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.
All-new Axela Overview
1. A vibrant design that captivates the onlooker
Exterior design that makes you want to get in and drive
Adopting the same KODO - Soul of Motion design theme as other next-generation models, dynamic motion full of life is expressed in a compact C-segment car.
The signature wing, a defining feature of the Mazda family face, looks as if it was chiseled from solid metal, and has been set low, giving a slightly fierce look.
Two new body colors are introduced; Titanium Flash Mica and Deep Crystal Blue Mica. A total of eight body colors are available, including Soul Red Premium Metallic which was developed specifically to complement KODO design.
Interior design that is focused yet open
The driver's space is concise with a feeling of concentrated focus; the passenger areas realize a spacious, open feel.
A single round meter is aligned with the central axis of the steering wheel and the driver's body inducing a feeling of unity between car and driver.
At a single glance, the futuristic interior and high-contrast design (Piano Black and Satin Chrome, Off-White and Black, etc.) convey a high-quality feel worthy of a class above.
The combination of alluring design and outstanding packaging were achieved not simply by expanding the space of the cabin, but by defining the "absolute values" that really make a space easy to use.
Exclusive items with the XD model grade with SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel engine
Special features include an exclusive front grille with a red pinstripe pattern on the upper part of the signature wing, a special Piano Black rear bumper, LED fog lamps, reflective aluminum alloy wheels, a smooth leather steering wheel accentuated by red cross-stitching, and exclusive seat upholstery (Lux Suede®*6/leather).
2. Jinba Ittai: Responsive driving deepens the feeling of unity between car and driver with every mile
Optimized driving position supports Jinba Ittai
The steering wheel, pedals and other controls involved in operating the vehicle are positioned so the driver's joints are maintained at a relaxed and natural angle that makes it easy to react quickly and accurately.
Moving the front wheels forward 50mm opens up more space in the driver's footwell. The wheelhouse no longer dictates the position of the accelerator pedal, allowing for optimal positioning of the pedals.
Excellent visibility is attained by positioning the base of the A-pillars 100mm further back than the previous model. The new seat structure enlarges the area that contacts the driver's hips, helping the driver to maintain a correct driving posture.
Natural response and precise feedback
Cornering that feels smooth and natural to everybody in the car is realized by tuning the yaw moment so as not to exceed the driver's estimation when entering a corner.
Acceleration is precisely controlled by both the amount and the speed with which the driver presses the accelerator pedal. The car responds exactly as the driver anticipates giving rise to an accord between the driver's sense and the movements of the car.
The suspension of the XD model grade equipped with SKYACTIV-D 2.2 diesel engine is exclusively tuned for a sportier drive.
Powertrain lineup to meet the increasingly diverse needs of the customer
Lineup includes a new SKYACTIV-G 1.5-liter gasoline engine which greatly enhances torque and improves fuel economy by about 26% (compares AT sedan model under JC08 mode test).
The 4-2-1 exhaust system is introduced to the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine. It improves fuel economy by approximately 9% and delivers more torque than the previous model with a 4-1 exhaust system. (Compares AT front-wheel-drive (FWD) Sport model under JC08 mode test.)
SKYACTIV-D 2.2-liter diesel engine delivers powerful torque on par with a 4.0-liter V8 gasoline engine and meets Japan's Post New Long-Term Emission Regulations without expensive NOx aftertreatment systems.
SKYACTIV-HYBRID combines a new SKYACTIV-G 2.0 engine developed exclusively for the hybrid powertrain and an electric motor to deliver both excellent fuel economy (30.8 km per liter under JC08 mode) and Mazda's trademark driving pleasure.
The SKYACTIV-DRIVE six-speed automatic transmission locks up for most of its range except for take-off, and realizes smooth and fast shifting. The SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission, which enables gear shifts at a flick of the wrist, is available on all SKYACTIV-G and SKYACTIV-D FWD models. The hybrid model features a continuously variable electronic transmission.