A brief history of the company
Mazda started out in 1920 as the Toyo Cork Kogyo Co, and saw limited success in the early days. By 1927 they had to be saved from bankruptcy by Hiroshima business leaders.
It was after this that they switched from making machine tools to making vehicles, and introduced the Mazda-Go autorickshaw in 1931. Like many companies, they made weapons during the war, and when back to their automotive production after 1945.
While every automobile that Toyo Kogyo made was branded as a Mazda, the company itself did not adopt the name until the 1980s. Their most notable cars before this time were the Mazda R360 (1960), the Mazda Carol (1962), and the Savanna RX-7 (1978).
Through the 60s, 70s, and 80s, Mazda were putting a major engineering effort into engines, and were one of the leaders in innovation during these decades. They achieved a great deal of success from this effort, and were developing specific engines for various machines. It was during this period that the company also formally entered the U.S. and Canadian markets.
The 80s and 90s were a period where Mazda was redesigning all of their popular models to suit a changing market, as well as introducing more safety features into their vehicles. They have never really stopped improving on what they already have, and they continue that to this day – constantly striving to make their cars safer, more economical, and up to date with technology.
In July 2015, Mazda announced that in terms of Australian sales, it had sold more cars in the last year compared to any 12 month period in its history, with a record 105,385 vehicles in the 2014/15 financial year, bettering the 104,040 sales from the financial year ended 30 June 2013.
Mazda offer the hatchback models of their iconic Mazda 2, and the slightly larger Mazda 3. These cars are elegantly designed with fuel economy in mind, as they are agile and sporty, but don’t guzzle fuel.
Inside, there are technology and safety features galore; some of them come standard, while others are optional extras. Your Mazda will come standard with air conditioning, power windows, push button start, vanity mirrors, auxiliary audio input, cruise control, audio system, trip computer, Bluetooth, and USB connectivity.
Steering wheel-mounted controls allow easy (and safer) adjustment of audio and cruise control, while the rest of the dash is laid out so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road. Voice control is a smart feature of the MZD Connect system in the car, which brings you web-based content including music, audio books, and podcasts to listen to on the drive. You can even set it up to read your texts and email aloud. The voice command also switches menus, audio, and navigation for you, so there is no taking your eyes off the road to press buttons.
Obviously, luxury details like leather seats, and specific trim details are up to you, as you choose them in your very own new Mazda.
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How did they score?
Mazda rated extremely highly in out hatchback awards, receiving no less than four stars in every category, and scoring a perfect 5 stars for reliability. They are certainly a brand to consider if you’re in the market for a quality hatchback.
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Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who had recently bought a hatchback.
The other brands in this year’s survey are:
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