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$12,990

1999 tOyOta aLtezza

2.0, rare 6 speed manual,

ABS, twin airbags.

$13,990

$12,990

2010 Toyota AURIS 180G Sport

Package 1800cc, Petrol, 5 Door,

Hatchback, 51,012km, automatic.

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17 FORD EVEREST TREND

3.2L D/T, 4wd, 6 spd auto, 7 seater, towbar,

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$49,995

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2008 srT-8

Full leather, sunroof, 6.1 hemi V8, finished

in black pearl with 22 inch alloys, just

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was $27,990

$

15,990

1996 TOYOTA Hilux Surf

3 litre turbo diesel, automatic transmission, alloy

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2009 mazda aXeLa

$13,999

The Axela has quickly become a very popular mid-sized family hatch,

2.0 litre engine with i-stop, tiptronic, paddleshift option, 4.5 star fuel

efficiency, stands out in electric blue with driving lights and 16” alloys,

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$78 p/w

$7,990

2005 mazda atenza

2.0, auto, alloys, ABS,

twin airbags.

$9,990

275 Colombo St, Christchurch.

Cnr Colombo & Milton Sts. Ph: 337 9629.

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2009 Lexus IS 250 Facelift Model

2500cc, Petrol, 4 Door Sedan, 74,085km, 5

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2012 mitsubishi mirage

$8,999

Surprisingly spacious 5 door hatch, features an economical 1.0 litre

engine with idle stop and automatic trans returning 5.5 star fuel

efficiency, sure stands out finished in yellow metallic, travelled very low

kms, push button start, rear wiper, ABS and airbags, worth a look!

113 Main South Rd, Riccarton

027 344 4488

www.roadways.nz

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Registration is for 6 months of $301

$9,990

2008 Subaru ImPreza

Beams, ED, 1.5 Auto Alloys, ABS, Twin airbags.

$10,990

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$108 p/w

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2013 Subaru Impreza XV Hybrid

4WD 2000cc, auto, 77,625kms, alloys,

reverse camera, auto lights, cruise, security.

Cnr Moorhouse Ave & Lancaster St,

Christchurch. www.goodcars.nz

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SS-V 6 Litre V8, AFM, 6 stage tiptronic,

full leather black, navigation, new 20” alloy

wheels, only 52,000kms.

$35,995

$

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1996 TOYOTA Hilux Surf

3 litre turbo diesel, auto, outstanding example of these very

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1998 TOYOTA Hilux Surf

3 Litre Turbo intercooler model, Limited Edition 4 wheel

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2008 toyota rumion

$8,999

Stylish family hatch, features a 1.8 litre engine with tiptronic trans,

looks great in white with subtle factory body kit and driving lights,

black interior, reverse camera, push button start, rear wiper, good

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32 Moorhouse Ave

Christchurch

03 366 7768

36

Pretty hatchback key

part of Mazda3 range

THERE’S NO sign of the

Mazda Motor Corporation

running out of puff.

By its own admission,

the company was hit hard

financially through floods

which forced three months

of cutbacks at its Hiroshima

factories last year. However,

since getting back on track,

Mazda has pumped out

a succession of desirable,

high quality models.

Those cars are also state

of the art, and designed for

what current buyers are

looking for. That statement

could be contradictory

given the new Mazda3

has been launched in a

diminishing market, the

sedan/hatchback sector has

lost favour against sport

utility vehicles.

However, I’m of the

belief that there’s still plenty

of interest in traditional

sedans, and that is what

I’d be looking for if I was

in a position to buy a new

vehicle.

The new Mazda3 lands

in hatchback and sedan

body styles, they are each

priced the same, starting

at $36,595 and ending at

$48,795. There are two

engine options along the

way – 2-litre or 2.5-litre –

each paired to a traditional

six-speed automatic

transmission.

This evaluation focuses

on the entry-level GSX

2-litre hatchback, and I’d

be looking no further, it

certainly appeals to me, and

at around $36k has to be

the bargain of the series.

You wouldn’t be

disappointed with the

level of specification, it

gets a full suite of safety

technologies, and items for

comfort and convenience

are in abundance. Sure,

the cloth trim doesn’t

have the appeal of leather,

but for those living in

Christchurch cloth is by far

the more preferable, there’s

no icy feeling jumping into

the car on a frosty morning.

In terms of specification,

it gets satellite navigation,

keyless entry and ignition,

radar cruise control/speed

limiter, and a host of other

features that Mazda has

refined and incorporated

into all of its models in

recent years. That’s a

tempting package and, as

regular readers will recall,

I’ve often remarked on

the build quality and high

grade trim materials that

are used on all Mazda

product today.

As mentioned, the base

model GSX gets a 1998cc

power plant, it’s a naturallyaspirated

unit, what I

mean is that it doesn’t

have a turbocharger like

MAZDA3 GSX HATCHBACK: Strong line-up in

diminishing market.

some other vehicles in the

Mazda line-up. That’s no

detraction, this engine

is part of the SkyActive

range of Mazda drivelines,

highlighted by good power

outputs in relation to

efficiency. The key figures

are 114kW and 200Nm, it

will also return a combined

cycle fuel usage average

of 6.2-litres per 100km

(45mpg).

• Price – Mazda3 GSX

hatchback, $36,595

• Dimensions –

Length, 4460mm;

width, 1795mm;

height, 1435mm

• Configuration

– Four-cylinder,

front-wheel-drive,

1998cc, 114kW,

200Nm, six-speed

automatic.

• Performance –

0-100km/h, 9sec

• Fuel usage –

6.2l/100km

These are Mazda’s claims,

and I wouldn’t dispute them.

On my evaluation drive

the fuel usage readout was

constantly listing around

7.8l/100km (36mpg), with

an instantaneous figure of

6l/100km (47mpg) on offer

with the engine turning over

at 1800rpm at 100km/h.

I took the evaluation

car through the twists and

turns of the roads which

run parallel to the Selwyn

River, and I can report

it has beautiful handling

balance and high levels of

comfort.

The GSX rides on tyres

far from low in profile. At

205/60 x 16in they sit tall

on the wheel, and won’t

give you the handling

dynamics of the low profile

rubber fitted to high-grade

variants.

However, what they do

give is amazing ride quality,

and the handling is far

Motoring

Ross Kiddie

from compromised.

Steerage is still direct, and

with a low centre of gravity

(body height just 1435mm)

there is control within the

suspension and relative

freedom. I say that because

Mazda has introduced a

new rear suspension into

the 3 range.

It came as a bit of a

surprise to learn the old

fully-independent system

has been dropped in favour

of a torsion beam type. I

would have considered that

was a backward step, but

Mazda has told me that

they have every confidence

in the new design.

In effect, it does work

confidently, and if technical

details don’t bother you

in a purchase then you

are never going to tell the

difference.

The balance between

power and handling is

manufactured so that if

you want to have a spirited

drive the 2-litre engine

performs admirably, there

is plenty of power on tap,

and it has a complete

willingness through the

entire rev band.

If you wish for a spirited

drive there is a sport mode

available at the driver’s

discretion, it livens the

engine markedly, but I was

more interested in gleaning

good fuel use stats so I used

it only for a short period

just for evaluation purposes

only. For the record, the

Mazda3 in this form will

scamper to 100km/h in a

respectable 9sec.

As much as I enjoyed

the bold design of the

hatchback – the rear quarter

is simply stunning – I’d be in

the sedan market.

However, I’m well aware

that buyers like sport utility

vehicles, but it’s good to see

traditional models are still

in the marketplace, I hope

that Mazda is rewarded

through solid sales.

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