The All New Mazda 3 SKYACTIV | Made in Japan



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Amazing weather as of late, summer is in full swing if I should say so and everywhere one sees more than the occasional floral shirt and sando worn to places other than the beach or luau themed party. The good weather was appropriate as Mazda threw a SKYACTIV experience at Fort Bonifacio high street to get people in on the action of what the torquey high compression system coupled with the new KODO design is all about. First of, the thing that I noticed first in addition to the two models in red on the floor (the cars, gentlemen!) was the overall look of the structure Mazda had erected seemingly instantly. It looked really high end with the prolific use of black and shiny materials which drive the fact that they’ve added a few healthy servings of premium. It’s like the brand grew up with their market. This doesn’t change the fact though that Mazda is still able to maintain the multifaceted vehicles that lets one double zoom zooming around, indulging in your weekend warrioring whilst shuttling around your loved ones dependably as well.

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The All New Mazda 3 SKYACTIV | Made in Japan

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Amazing weather as of late, summer is in full swing if I should say so and everywhere one sees more than the occasional floral shirt and sando worn to places other than the beach or luau themed party. The good weather was appropriate as Mazda threw a SKYACTIV experience at Fort Bonifacio high street to get people in on the action of what the torquey high compression system coupled with the new KODO design is all about. First of, the thing that I noticed first in addition to the two models in red on the floor (the cars, gentlemen!) was the overall look of the structure Mazda had erected seemingly instantly. It looked really high end with the prolific use of black and shiny materials which drive the fact that they’ve added a few healthy servings of premium. It’s like the brand grew up with their market. This doesn’t change the fact though that Mazda is still able to maintain the multifaceted vehicles that lets one double zoom zooming around, indulging in your weekend warrioring whilst shuttling around your loved ones dependably as well.

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Enter the Mazda 3s interior (specifically the cockpit), you are enveloped in tactile synthetic materials, carbon fiber inlays and the feel that today is going to be exciting. The heads up display speedometer/navigation gives us one features usually reserved for the top tier european cars.

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It takes a split-second to look away from the road and to your speedometer, the same time it takes for a person, animal, or object to suddenly obstruct your path which can spell disaster. Good thing you never have to take your eyes of the road with the new HUD speedometer. You are also definitely safe and sound with ABS with electronic brake-force distribution and Dynamic stability control.photo I31B0203_zpsff691de7.jpg

The 7-inch easy to view touchscreen display which controls communication, navigation, and music among others looks stunning and combined with the premium choice of materials and finishes for the dash. It is also part of the new HMI (Human-Machine Interface) concept which seamlessly informs the driver about navigationphoto I31B0212_zpscde54c31.jpg

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KODO expresses the soul of motion, a continuing evolution of exterior design which can give a car the look that it’s running 100MPH just by standing still. Mazda Design has tapped into animals’ appearance of instantaneous movement, tension, and strength to bring forth their latest designs.

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The 2.0-liter R SKYACTIV Mazda 3 has automatic bi-xenon headlamps with DRL, power-folding side mirrors, 18-inch alloy wheels, dual exhaust tailpipes, a sunroof, smart keyless-entry system, leather upholstery, leather-wrapped steering wheel and additional curtain airbags.

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The shark fin antenna which add to the overall aggressive look of the car.

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Personally, I prefer the hatchback because of it’s versatility for certain activities but I believe many will appreciate the traditional sedan variant. The prices are as follows for the Made in Japan Mazda 3s.

Mazda 3 1.5L V SKYACTIV hatchback – Php 948,000

Mazda 3 1.5L V SKYACTIV sedan – Php 945,000

Mazda 3 2.0-liter R SKYACTIV hatchback – Php, 1,198,000

Mazda 3 2.0-liter R SKYACTIV sedan – Php 1,195,000

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The mighty SKYACTIV, as I’ve written before is one of many things that continue to surprise me as Mazda has chosen to go against the current trend of “downsizing” engines and focusing more on turbos and whatnot. The Mazda I was allowed to test-drive was a 2.0 variant that after experiencing its ability to take to the “speedy” corners around bonifacio high street and the responsive acceleration. Don’t let the standard displacement size fool you, this baby is very frugal when it comes to fuel consumption thanks to the new SKYACTIV engines.

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Real World Road Testing | Mazda SKYACTIV Engine Technology

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I love driving, it’s one of the things a man can and should do once he is old and competent enough to. Sure, being chauffeured around may be ideal given the traffic and parking situation oftentimes but there is still nothing else like the sound of the throttle and that initial rush when you hit 60 after rapid heartbeats. Imagine my delight when Mazda invited myself along with my Geeky Nights crew to test out the new SkyActiv engines on their new Mazda 6s and CX5s!

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The newly redesigned engines on the vehicles our group tested allows the driver to drive spiritedly while at the same time being very efficient in fuel consumption! I know, I know, those two don’t ever go together! And yet… while I was listening to the presentation pre-race I found myself nodding and getting these little eureka moments whenever I heard “higher compression” and “better fuel burn” I believe it’s a great alternative to hybrid or electric cars in terms of overall maintenance costs and convenience.

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On to the race! We embarked on our journey to test out how these new cars would fare out on the busy streets of Metro Manila first, then the much awaited highway drive which was obviously the favourite of all the different teams that joined. Let me remind everyone that there was no hypermiling here, it’ was a straight up driving with the radio and A/C on (okay, maybe just until 20degrees which was even chilly for the occupants in the back) not to mention driving with gusto!

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Real World Road Testing | Mazda SKYACTIV Engine Technology

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I love driving, it’s one of the things a man can and should do once he is old and competent enough to. Sure, being chauffeured around may be ideal given the traffic and parking situation oftentimes but there is still nothing else like the sound of the throttle and that initial rush when you hit 60 after rapid heartbeats. Imagine my delight when Mazda invited myself along with my Geeky Nights crew to test out the new SkyActiv engines on their new Mazda 6s and CX5s!

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The newly redesigned engines on the vehicles our group tested allows the driver to drive spiritedly while at the same time being very efficient in fuel consumption! I know, I know, those two don’t ever go together! And yet… while I was listening to the presentation pre-race I found myself nodding and getting these little eureka moments whenever I heard “higher compression” and “better fuel burn” I believe it’s a great alternative to hybrid or electric cars in terms of overall maintenance costs and convenience.

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On to the race! We embarked on our journey to test out how these new cars would fare out on the busy streets of Metro Manila first, then the much awaited highway drive which was obviously the favourite of all the different teams that joined. Let me remind everyone that there was no hypermiling here, it’ was a straight up driving with the radio and A/C on (okay, maybe just until 20degrees which was even chilly for the occupants in the back) not to mention driving with gusto!

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While driving, I was surprised when all of a sudden when approaching one of Metro Manila’s numerous stoplights I thought I had lost hearing for a second because all of a sudden I couldn’t hear the engine or the aircon anymore! Enter the iStop! Apparently the car senses you don’t need the engine for and switches it off! I know, it sounds a little unorthodox but the thinking behind it is that the iStop activates you are no longer using any fuel at all. It’s a smart little system which has all sorts of safety features and intricacies so you don’t even need to mess about with controls or buttons to have it work for you. It’s best used for light to moderate traffic and when the outside temperature isn’t sweltering.

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i-eLoop is also a neat feature of the new cars, it’s essentially a power bank like that for your cellphone but this one charges up when you step on the brakes or when vehicle slows down naturally. It then powers all the electronics in the car so your engine is used for it’s original purpose -to burn fuel and output power to your four wheels!

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Convoy of red, white and gray! Everyone was really toe to toe in terms of race pace and were really pushing for the most efficient run! The highway part of the route was definitely my favorite as I got to see all the cars in their element.

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Weather was perfect, good enough to check oneself with their sidemirror! The cars had this effect on most of the teams, instapogi ika nga.

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Our team drove with the aircon set to an extremely comfortable setting, as well as doing what all responsible males do on the highway (overtaking when able) let’s just wait and see if the results for our fuel efficiency come out good or bad!

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What a beaut! Stay tuned for more!