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New Mazda3 offers multiple choices in design, power

By Kingsley Wijayasinha

 

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Mazda is hoping its new Mazda3 compact car will win over purchasers with its alluring design and outstanding driving dynamics. The new model is available in sedan and five-door fastback variants, each in three trim levels.

 

They are similarly priced – Bt969,000 for the 2.0 C, Bt1.069 million for the 2.0 S, and Bt1.198 million for the 2.0 SP, respectively. All come with free first-class insurance, three years’ maintenance and a three-year warranty.

 

The Mazda3 is the first model in Mazda’s new generation of products, said Chanchai Trakarnudomsuk, president of Mazda Sales (Thailand) Co Ltd.

 

“We’ve been preparing the marketing strategy to relay the new image of the brand, the showroom and the servicing policies,” he said. “We’ve set up new communication channels to serve the new models and to step up to ‘Mazda Premium’ status.

 

“Customers will be able to experience the increased value of our products, led by the outstanding design and attention to detail, along with high-grade materials and unforgettable driving experience with oneness between car and driver.”

 

Thee Permpongpanth, vice president for marketing and government relations, said the Mazda3 features the Kodo Design and the “Less is More” design concept in both exterior and interior.

 

“While the sedan offers a high level of luxury and attention to detail, the five-door fastback has a sportier character,” he said. “Although both have the same model name, they have totally different concepts for design and image.”

 

Thee said the SkyActiv-G 2.0-litre engine has been tuned for excellent power and fuel economy, featuring a direct-injection fuel system, new fuel injection design, high compression ratio, increased torque, better fuel economy and more environmental friendliness.

 

It produces 165 horsepower at 6,000rpm and 213Nm of torque at 4,000rpm, while the fuel economy is claimed at 15.9km/litre.

 

New features include Cruise & Traffic Support, Smart Brake Support – Reverse Crossing, G-Vectoring Control Plus (GVC Plus), Mazda Connect infotainment with Apple CarPlay and a more comprehensive i-ActiveSense safety package with Mazda Radar Cruise Control and 360-degree view monitor, plus seven airbags.

 

In Thailand, the Mazda3 competes head-on with other C-segment cars such as the newly launched Toyota Corolla Altis (which is also available in hybrid versions) and the Honda Civic.

 

Source: https://www.nationthailand.com/auto/30376370

 

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2 hours ago, unamazedloso said:

2.0 sp? Isn't supposed to be 2.5 sp?

This girly gay car costs average 430,00thb round the world. This aint a luxury car so why so expensive? Its not a performance car as its about 250ponies shy of entry level. 

This country should be ashamed. Taxes are so expensive yet the roads suck so where's the money going.

 

 

No, it's the 2.0 SP, only the 2 litre engine in Thailand. 

The AU price starts at 25,000A$ so a bit more than the 20,500A$ you mention.

 

The Thai price is virtually the same as the Honda Civic that in AU is quite a bit cheaper so it looks as if Mazda has reduced the Thai price compared to other countries.

 

It doesn't market or sell to the crotch rocket brigade.

 

Virtually every review is more positive than you seem to be, maybe your gaydar is blinding you.

 

The story seems to be inaccurate in that the warranty is 

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Free labor cost. Maintenance for 5 years or 10 times every 6 months or every 10,000 km from 10,000 - 100,000 km.

And there seems to be an option to extend 

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extend the quality warranty to 5 years or 150,000 km, one to first As according to Mazda Added Protection program conditions

These are google translate versions of the Mazda website.

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I just can't understand why Thailand limits engine size and horsepower. The CX5 is assembled in Malaysia and brought to Thailand tax free under the ASEAN Treaty. Now in Malaysia this year you can get a CX5 with the 2.5 liter turbo engine but it is not available in Thailand. Why?

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Either 

 

A: there is still a 200-ish hp limit

 

B: Only rich people can have more that 200-ish hp. They have to buy really expensive and highly taxed German cars for that?

 

Same as Kia Stinger not in V6 form in Thailand. 

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27 minutes ago, Rdrokit said:

I just can't understand why Thailand limits engine size and horsepower. The CX5 is assembled in Malaysia and brought to Thailand tax free under the ASEAN Treaty. Now in Malaysia this year you can get a CX5 with the 2.5 liter turbo engine but it is not available in Thailand. Why?

Engine size or horsepower is not limited at all in Thailand, you can buy as much of both as you want to.

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13 minutes ago, VocalNeal said:

Either 

 

A: there is still a 200-ish hp limit

 

B: Only rich people can have more that 200-ish hp. They have to buy really expensive and highly taxed German cars for that?

 

Same as Kia Stinger not in V6 form in Thailand. 

A:  No, there isn't a "200bhp limit", you can get as much bhp as you can afford.  There are excise tax categories, but no limits on bhp.

B:  Suppose that depends on your definition of "rich".  Camry's are available here with over 200 bhp and they're not just for the rich, for example.

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So why doesn't Mazda offer 2.5 turbo? Fuel consumption?

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1 hour ago, Rdrokit said:

I just can't understand why Thailand limits engine size and horsepower. The CX5 is assembled in Malaysia and brought to Thailand tax free under the ASEAN Treaty. Now in Malaysia this year you can get a CX5 with the 2.5 liter turbo engine but it is not available in Thailand. Why?

Road casualty worries.....😳

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1 hour ago, VocalNeal said:

So why doesn't Mazda offer 2.5 turbo? Fuel consumption?

It's offered in Malaysia. I think they have the same concern about fuel consumption.

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From the Malay website it seems to be 2.5L in the CX5 is not turbo; rated at 192 HP.

 

Thailand make the Maz3 2.5L version for Australia, i think it is normally aspirated but at least puts out 139 Kw (188 HP) compared to the 2L 121 Kw (162 HP) Thai version. No 2.5L in the Aust CX5 but the Aust Maz6 has the 2.5L Turbo rated at 170 Kw (228 HP).

 

The new Skyactiv-X 2L puts out 177 HP with a lot better efficiency and emissions; available in the UK but not Aust. yet.

 

Interestingly the Malays give 5 year Warranty and 5 year service (labour and parts) on the Maz3 as standard, while Thailand it is 5 year Warranty and 5 year labour only as a special offer; normally 3 year Warranty. Also interesting that the MX5 is running the 2L Skyactive-G and is putting out 180 HP, so obviously some tweaking can be done on the Maz3 engine.

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3 hours ago, VocalNeal said:

So why doesn't Mazda offer 2.5 turbo? Fuel consumption?

Price, they know nobody would be able to afford it when the taxes for above 2 litre added?

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44 minutes ago, taichiplanet said:

From the Malay website it seems to be 2.5L in the CX5 is not turbo; rated at 192 HP.

 

Thailand make the Maz3 2.5L version for Australia, i think it is normally aspirated but at least puts out 139 Kw (188 HP) compared to the 2L 121 Kw (162 HP) Thai version. No 2.5L in the Aust CX5 but the Aust Maz6 has the 2.5L Turbo rated at 170 Kw (228 HP).

 

The new Skyactiv-X 2L puts out 177 HP with a lot better efficiency and emissions; available in the UK but not Aust. yet.

 

Interestingly the Malays give 5 year Warranty and 5 year service (labour and parts) on the Maz3 as standard, while Thailand it is 5 year Warranty and 5 year labour only as a special offer; normally 3 year Warranty. Also interesting that the MX5 is running the 2L Skyactive-G and is putting out 180 HP, so obviously some tweaking can be done on the Maz3 engine.

Check out the latest news.

https://paultan.org/2019/09/03/2019-mazda-cx-5-launching-in-malaysia-soon-2-5l-turbo-variant-confirmed/

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1 hour ago, Rdrokit said:

Sweet. Looks like the same engine in the Maz6. Surely there must be room to shoehorn it into the Maz3! 😃

 

I was reading somewhere that, at least, the initial batch of Maz3 into Malaysia are from Japan, which would explain the higher price and the 1.5L variant. Maybe they are counting on the made in Japan tag will sell more than the mad in Thailand tag.

Found it, PaulTan again:

https://paultan.org/2019/07/25/first-drive-2019-mazda-3-1-5l-and-2-0l-in-sepang/

and recent update

https://paultan.org/2019/09/19/first-drive-2019-mazda-3-hatchback-and-sedan-good-car-but-are-those-premium-aspirations-justified/

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