Mazda Motor Corp on Thursday launched its all-new Mazda Axela (known overseas as the new Mazda3). Mazda’s mainstay model has been fully redesigned and updated with a host of new features, including the i-stop engine stop/start system.
The second generation Axela arrives with an outstanding interior with greater quality and functionality, and offers advanced environmental and safety features. All 2.0-liter front-wheel-drive (FWD) models are equipped with i-stop, Mazda’s unique engine stop/start system, which uses combustion energy to restart the engine in just 0.35 seconds, about half the time of most other competing systems. The i-stop system also suppresses noise and vibration as the engine shuts down and restarts, ensuring that drivers experience a natural driving feel with no sense of discomfort.
The 2.0-liter FWD Axela with i-stop provides 15% better fuel economy than the previous model. The 1.5-liter Axela models are newly equipped with a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This combination enables a sporty ride and top class fuel economy of 18.4 kilometers per liter. All models in the Axela range qualify as Super-Ultra-Low Emission Vehicles (SU-LEV), achieving exhaust emissions that are at least 75% lower than the levels required by the Japanese government’s 2005 exhaust emissions standard. Additionally, six of the nine model grades qualify for Japan’s eco-car incentive program as well as tax reductions of 50 or 75% under the government’s eco-car tax reduction program.
Suggested retail prices (including sales tax) range from 1,660,000 to 2,678,000 yen.© Japan Today