Next-gen Mazdas shine at Jims

<b>MAZDA FLAGSHIP HEADED TO SA: </b>The new Mazda6 will be launched in South Africa in 2014. <i>Image: MAZDA</i>
<b>MAZDA FLAGSHIP HEADED TO SA: </b>The new Mazda6 will be launched in South Africa in 2014. <i>Image: MAZDA</i>
Mazda showcased its next-generation vehicles at the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show. Its line-up includes new flagship 6 sedan, 3 sedan and hatch, as well as two new engines for its current CX-5.

Gallery: Mazda6
Gallery: Mazda3


NEXT-GENERATION MAZDAS

The new vehicles and engines will arrive in 2014.

Mazda’s director and senior managing executive officer Yuji Nakamine said: “This is a very exciting time for Mazda. We are introducing a new generation of vehicles sporting some of the most innovative technologies in the automotive world today.”

The new Mazda6 flagship sedan was launched in 2012 and according to the automaker “is the most technologically advanced vehicle” it has built yet. According to Mazda, the new 6 is the first vehicle to use a capacitor-based brake energy regeneration system to power the vehicle’s electrical components.

‘HUMAN-MACHINE INTERFACE’


The Mazda3 compact sedan and hatchback is the first vehicle to adopt the automaker’s new “human-machine interface” concept. Designed to minimise driver distraction, the model is equipped with active driving heads-up display, rotary control unit and 17.7 display.

The CX-5, first launched in 2012 with a 2.0 petrol, will receive two new engines in 2014 - a 2.5 petrol  and 2.2 twin-turbo diesel.

Keep up with the 2013 Johannesburg International Motor Show with Wheels24.

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