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Last of the Breed – Mazda RX-7 FD Spirit R Type A Review

Confession time. Up until recently, I never really “got” the obsession some have with a Mazda-built Rotary engine. Sure, the promise of big turbo power from an engine a fraction of the size of something with conventional cylinders has always piqued my interest, but its never really been my favourite sort of internal combustion. This […]

Wild Thing: Mazda MX-30 AWD Wild Hybrid Review

The Mazda MX-30 is a fine car which ever way you look at it.  However, what you could never accuse the standard MX-30 of being is a bit wild. That was until Blackwells Mazda in Christchurch had an idea. Take a regular MX-30 Mild-Hybrid and turn it into something crazy different. “The idea came about […]

Getting Activ – 2022 Mazda CX-5 Activ Review

This year the Mazda CX-5 celebrated its 10th anniversary. Having been with us for a decade, it has managed to carve out its own niche within the vastly competitive mid-sized SUV market. A mix of premium cabin surroundings, refined power units and a price tag not completely out of reach for most has made the […]

Back in Black – 2022 Mazda CX-30 MHEV Blackout Edition Review

The Mazda CX-30 has only been with us for two years, but already this midway step between the CX3 and CX5 has emerged as one of the most popular cars in Mazda’s range. There is a good reason for this too, it happens to be a very good package on many levels. Now Mazda have […]

Electric Lite: Mazda MX-30 Mild Hybrid Review

Everyone seemed to ask the same thing, “Isn’t this electric?’ My response was “yes, but not this one.” Mazda’s MX-30 has been getting much praise as the Hiroshima based company’s newest foray into BEV mass production. However, the version you see here is the entry level MX-30 Mild Hybrid. So, what exactly is this version […]

To BEV, Or Not to BEV?: Mazda MX-30 BEV Review

The battery electric vehicle (BEV) segment is growing all the time. So much so that any mainstream manufacturer cannot afford to be left behind. Mazda have been a long time coming at jumping into the current electric fray with the MX-30 All Electric. While this is not the first Mazda to be fully electric, it […]

DID YOU KNOW THAT MAZDA PIONEERED THE MODERN HATCHBACK? ME NEITHER

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Mazda NZ – Launched in January 1977, the original Mazda 323 was Mazda’s first modern hatchback and the car that started a model lineage that stretches all the way to today’s Mazda3. A rear-wheel drive compact family car, the smartly styled first-generation 323 was a global success for Mazda. Sales continued until 1980 when it […]

Mazda started out as a Cork

Mazda MX-30 Soul Crystal Red Exterior compressed

Cork isn’t a material often associated with the automotive industry, but in the case of Mazda this sustainable material features in the brand’s past and future. It’s a little-known fact that the company began life in 1920 as Toyo Cork Kogyo, while the forthcoming Mazda MX-30 makes a clever design nod to the company’s founding […]

Mazda’s Delicious Doritos

Pardon the pun but the Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) has been getting quite the cold shoulder recently. Piston power and fossil fuel are being cast aside; in favour of battery cells supplied by flowing streams and wind chimes. Right now, it seems like the automotive world is on a quest for alternative powertrains but; as […]

Exploring the true nature of KODO

Mazda’s KODO Mazda’s KODO (Soul of Motion) design language was first introduced to the world in 2010 in the form of the Shinari concept vehicle. The motivation behind this design ethos was, and very much still is, the ‘dynamic beauty of life’ and with its more muscular design characteristics, Shinari showed us that this form […]