Mazda has moved again to capitalise on Australia’s new Free Trade Agreement with Japan, detailing a number of tweaks and price cuts for the popular Mazda3.
Initially detailed earlier this year, the new 2015 range sees prices reduced by between $600 and $1150 on most models, with only the entry Neo holding steady with its existing $20,490 starting price.
Neo buyers won’t miss out, however: there’s now reverse-parking sensors as standard on the entry models, while 16-inch alloys replace the earlier hubcapped steel wheels.
With the Neo picking up alloy wheels, the Maxx has been upgraded with front fog lights, with the same upgrade joining the Touring spec.
Existing features for the Maxx, which is the best-selling model in the Mazda3 range with a 32 percent share, include a seven-inch display with satellite navigation and a reversing camera.
The Maxx’s appeal grows in 2015 with a $600 price drop to a new starting point of $22,390.
Prices for the Mazda3 Touring, SP25 and SP25 GT have fallen by $700 and $800 depending on the specification. The diesel XD Astina is now $940 more affordable, and the range-topping petrol Astina has been reduced by $1150.
Depending on trim grade, the Mazda3 hatch and sedan range is offered with 114kW/200Nm 2.0 litre petrol, 138kW/250Nm 2.5 litre petrol and 129kW/420Nm 2.2 litre diesel engines.
Six-speed manual and automatic transmissions are also offered across the entire petrol hatch and sedan range, while the diesel is offered in hatch form only.
“In a year when the small car segment contracted, All-New Mazda3 not only grew sales by 3 per cent, but was the firm favourite amongst private and business fleet buyers,” Mazda Australia boss Martin Benders said today.
“With the addition of new features and a reduction in price, we expect Mazda3 will maintain its overwhelming appeal to these buyers in 2015.”
The Mazda3 was the best-selling car in Australia last month, notching up 3903 sales against the overall 2013 and 2014 champion, Toyota’s Corolla (3472 in January).
Top 10 Selling Models - January 2015
- Mazda3 - 3903 sales
- Toyota Corolla - 3472
- Toyota HiLux - 2331
- Hyundai i30 - 2092
- Holden Cruze - 1870
- Holden Commodore - 1784
- Ford Ranger - 1784
- Mazda CX-5 - 1699
- Hyundai ix35 - 1636
- Volkswagen Golf - 1559
2015 Mazda3 Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2.0 litre petrol
- Neo - 6spd manual - $20,490 (no change)
- Neo - 6spd auto - $22,490 (no change)
- Neo Safety - 6spd manual - $21,990 (no change)
- Neo Safety - 6spd auto - $23,990 (no change)
- Maxx - 6spd manual - $22,390 (-$600)
- Maxx - 6spd auto - $24,990 (-$600)
- Maxx Safety - 6spd manual - $23,890 (-$600)
- Touring - 6spd manual - $24,790 (-$700)
- Touring - 6spd auto - $26,790 (-$700)
- Touring Safety - 6spd manual - $26,290 (-$700)
- Touring Safety - 6spd auto - $28,290 (-$700)
2.5 litre petrol
- SP25 - 6spd manual - $25,190 (-$700)
- SP25 - 6spd auto - $27,190 (-$700)
- SP25 Safety - 6spd manual - $26,690 (-$700)
- SP25 Safety - 6spd auto - $28,690 (-$700)
- SP25 GT - 6spd manual - $29,790 (-$800)
- SP25 GT - 6spd auto - $31,790 (-$800)
- SP25 GT Safety - 6spd manual - $31,090 (-$800)
- SP25 GT Safety - 6spd auto - $33,090 (-$800)
- SP25 GT Safety & Sunroof - 6spd manual - $32,690 (-$800)
- SP25 GT Safety & Sunroof - 6spd auto - $34,690 (-$800)
- SP25 Astina - 6spd manual - $35,040 (-$1150)
- SP25 Astina - 6spd auto - $37,040 (-$1150)
2.2 litre diesel
- XD Astina - 6spd manual - $39,290 (-$940)
- XD Astina - 6spd auto - $41,290 (-$940)
Safety pack for Neo, Maxx, Touring & SP25 includes blindspot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, smart city brake support and a rear-view mirror with auto dimming function, the SP25 GT offers BSM, RCTA, SCBS and a sunroof.