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Selwyn Times: January 10, 2017

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SELWYN TIMES Tuesday January 10 2017 21 Driven Technology boost for popular Mazda3 • By Ross Kiddie WHEN IT became clear the global financial crisis had ended, most car manufacturers launched full speed into research and development, regaining some of the ground they lost when funds for future projects seemed uncertain. Mazda is now reaping the rewards of that investment, it has a lot of new product rolling off the production lines and the vehicles have a significant array of specification, much of it in the all-important area for safety. Regular readers will be aware of my recent evaluations for CX-9, MX-5 and Mazda6. My last drive in a series of models which rolled out fresh late last year for model year 2017 was the Mazda3, it was an upgrade model which is loaded with clever new features. I’ve stopped short of calling the latest Mazda3 a facelift; quite simply, there aren’t a lot of cosmetic upgrades, it is fresh up front but it features mostly the technology which has been spread across the entire Mazda line-up. Of note, there is a vehicle dynamics package which has a list of acronyms that read like a bowl of alphabet soup. G-Vectoring control (GVC), [Edition datE] 2 MAZDA3 SP25 LTD: High safety ingredient. autonomous emergency braking (AEB) and lane-keep assist system (LAS) are just some of the key ingredients, the latter I found particularly useful. Obviously my driving style must tend to favour keeping well left on the highway and, to that end, LAS was constantly reminding me of the need to clear the painted line on the left through a gentle nudge on the steering wheel. It isn’t forceful, just a reminder that the road edge is close. That technology is gear that works with the driver to enhance safety, the active elements which keep the car out of trouble in the first instance. There’s a new camera system in the car which recognises objects of importance such as traffic sign recognition (TSR) and, of course, the AEB will ultimately operate the brakes should a collision appear imminent. These features were recently demonstrated to motoring journalists by Mazda New Zealand in a controlled sealed surface environment so they could be understood effectively, they are certainly features you can relax with, knowing that as a driver you are constantly being looked after. Elsewhere, the Mazda3 is still the remarkable sedan and hatchback which Kiwis have purchased in large numbers. The test car was the rangetopping Limited hatchback and, • Price – Mazda3 SP25 Ltd, $47,495 • Dimensions – Length, 4580mm; width, 1795mm; height, 1450mm • Configuration – Fourcylinder, front-wheeldrive, 2488cc, 138kW, 250Nm, six-speed automatic. • Performance – 0-100km/h, 8.9sec • Fuel usage – 6l/100km as you would guess, it gets a high level of specification for comfort and convenience as well, everything from satellite navigation and head-up display to leather trim and electric sunroof. These items are just a few of many too numerous to mention. Under the bonnet sits a 2.5- litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated engine which produces a feisty 138kW and 250Nm. It is a SkyActive engine, another gem from Mazda which is the result of development aimed at reducing emissions and fuel usage. Mazda rates the twin-camshaft, 16-valve unit with a six-litre per 100km (47mpg) combined cycle average. There are sport mode gearshift protocols available at the flick of a switch, but in reality unless you really want to work the car hard I found the sport setting unnecessary. However, I did use that system to glean a 8.9sec standstill to 100km/h acceleration time. But the SkyActive range of engines is designed to work low in the rev band, utilising the healthy torque figure to keep engine revolutions down and gaining the fuel economy advantage. If you are after lively performance, the Mazda3 does have personality, it is responsive underfoot and certainly has handling prowess. One of the other key aspects for me is the reality of a fully independent suspension. I particularly like it when manufacturers go the whole hog and build quality suspension systems, and if you take into account the spring and damper rates are a good comprise between what you need for comfort and containing body roll control in a corner, the Mazda3 benefits in all these areas. It was good to be reacquainted with the Mazda3, it’s most certainly a case of a good car made better. I just can’t wait to see other surprises this highprofile and high quality car maker produces in the near future. CONTINUING EDUCATION Christchurch School of Music The Christchurch School of Music is a family-oriented community aimed at providing quality music education in and around Christchurch. We have an exciting offer for all new enrolments for 2017, where you will receive $775 worth of lessons for just $450! All you have to do is click here to enrol before January 15th, 2017: http://www.csm.org.nz/enrol/ This deal includes: 1 year of group lessons for beginners on recorder, flute, clarinet, violin, ukulele, guitar or voice (worth $525), FREE instrument hire where instruments are available (worth $110), FREE joining of a performance ensemble for the second semester (worth $140). We also have individual lessons and ensembles for a wide range of instruments available too, for any age and from beginner through to experienced - explore our website www. csm.org.nz to learn more. CSM is a not-for-profit organisation with a strong focus on community. On a Saturday morning the whole family can find something to suit. Preschool children can start their musical journey by joining in our experiential “Take Off with Music” while older children and adults may opt for group or individual lessons on a specific instrument (including voice). Those who already play are welcome to join in one of the great ensembles which all take part in regular concerts including Saturday soirees and the popular annual Showcase Concert. Recitals where individuals can perform are also held regularly. CSM also provides a comprehensive music education to participating primary schools via its Outreach programmes. With programmes offered in band, strings, recorder and ukulele in a wide range of Christchurch schools this is an area of the School, which has grown fast over the last few years. Another area that has grown rapidly over the last few years is the Late Starters programme where adults approaching retirement with more time on their hands have really enjoyed learning an instrument they never had the chance to play in their early years and join an ensemble with other like-minded adults. If Saturday isn’t an option, CSM also offers a range of weekday opportunities for learning and playing music. If affordability is an issue, CSM may be able to offer a discount through funding provided by the Rata Foundation. Please contact us via our website www.csm.org.nz and let us start you on a musical journey that will bring pleasure for a lifetime. GROUP LESSONS, ENSEMBLE, 2017 ENROLMENT DEAL! $775 $ 450! AND INSTRUMENT HIRE!