Mazda landed a new title and award at the ‘Wheels Car of the Year Awards 2015’. The award-winning Mazda3 which launched in South Africa late 2014, was crowned Best Hatchback Car of the Year 2015 at a glittering event held in Dubai. Wheels Car of the Year is Australia’s most prized automotive award for excellence. “With the newest manifestation of the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme, state-of-the-art features and cutting-edge *SKYACTIV Technology, the Mazda3 is already a much sought after vehicle. We are very happy and proud that the Mazda3 has won Best Hatchback Car of the Year. With over 130 International Awards to its credit, the Mazda3’s performance, efficiency, safety and reliability make it one of the most popular vehicles on the road today,” stated Mr David Hughes, MD of Mazda Southern Africa. Mazda’s engineers have managed to make extreme compression both effective and economical. The Mazda3 delivers enviably low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions yet more than ever, still lives up to its sporty compact label, thanks to smooth, linear acceleration and precise, nimble handling. It combines an arsenal of high-tech active safety technology with innovative occupant and pedestrian-focused passive safety measures. On the outside, the Mazda3 demonstrates a powerful stance, dynamic flowing lines and general beauty of the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme. With unconventional SKYACTIV Technology line-up of ultra-efficient, lightweight engines and transmissions on a proven body and chassis system, the Mazda3 offers a level of performance and driving dynamics mirrored by its looks. The Mazda3 is built to the highest standard of performance and reliability and backed by a 3-year unlimited kilometre factory warranty to provide complete peace of mind motoring. Also included are the 3-year roadside assistance, a 3-year service plan and a 5-year Corrosion Warranty. *SKYACTIV is the umbrella term for Mazda’s range of next-generation technologies-including petrol and diesel engines, transmissions, body and chassis – developed under Mazda’s Sustainable Zoom-Zoom vision to provide both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.