Since Mazda launched the new generation Mazda3 in 2014, it has been very successful and has been winning over buyers in the very competitive C segment. Mazda says that this is thanks to its stunning KODO design and impressive SkyActiv technology that was initially launched with a 1.5 petrol engine or a 2.2 diesel engine.
To cater to the growing demand and determined to expand the product range, Mazda tells us that it has now introduced a 1.5 diesel engine to the Mazda3 line-up. The 1.5 SkyActiv-D engine has already been available in both the CX-3 and Mazda2 and has proven to be the key choice for drivers in the CX-3.
With only 99g/km of CO2 emissions Mazda3 drivers will enjoy the benefit of even lower tax of €180 per annum with the emissions falling into tax band A2. Thanks to the SkyActiv technology Mazda says that it has been able to achieve an ever impressive claimed 74.3mpg (3.8 litres/100km) yet deliver a proud 105ps of power.
The addition of the super-efficient 1.5 diesel engine to the Mazda3 range now gives customers even more choice and savings in fuel and tax costs without compromising in a fun sporty drive.
Managing Director Tony Howarth told us: “Mazda3 is our bestselling model and we currently offer the car in hatchback and saloon, with manual and automatic transmissions and a choice of 2.2 SkyActiv diesel or 1.5 SkyActiv petrol engines. The 2.2 diesel has been very successful for us as it offers a no compromise solution with strong performance and market leading emissions and economy in its segment.
This new 1.5 SkyActiv-D engine currently used in the Mazda2 and Mazda CX-3 offers our most efficient engine and I believe this car will attract more buyers to Mazda3 who feel more comfortable with a smaller capacity engine. We aim to sell all three engines and feel that we will see Mazda3 sales grow further as a result of offering another option to the range. We are predicting strong growth in the brand next year and this will be a key model for us in Ireland.”
The Mazda3 is available from an entry level prices of €22,995.