A favourite gets better
The long-in-the-tooth Mazda3 now has Bluetooth
AUSTRALIA’S favourite car gets extra standard kit to keep it ahead of the small hatch rivals snapping at its heels.
Bluetooth is now standard in the entry Mazda3 Neo to keep it in touch with its Corolla and Cruze competitors. The $20,330 sticker price remains.
The system enables handsfree phone use and music streaming, the latter also on offer via a USB input. A USB connection also allows for full iPod integration and function via the steering-wheel mounted controls and information shown on the centre display.
The Mazda3 sold more than 28,000 up to the start of this month, just ahead of the Toyota’s HiLux range of twoand four-wheel drive utility vehicles. The soon-to-bereplaced Corolla in third. Along with a facelift last year, the extra kit is intended to keep the 3 in front until the new model arrives next year.
The top spec Mazda3 MPS hot hatch gets cosmetic changes and no change to the $39,490 pricetag.
‘‘ It’s a tweak with the MPS. It was made available to us, the MPS wasn’t part of that facelift last year so it was an opportunity for us to bring some updates to the MPS as well,’’ Mazda spokesman Steve Maciver says.
As to that anomalous acronym – MPS is supposed the stand for Mazda Performance Series – the ‘‘ range’’ will continue to be counted on one finger with no chance of new Mazda6 version. ‘‘ The main volume market for the Mazda6 MPS is the US but ultimately the volume wasn’t there, that’s the reason the decision was made to stop production of the car. There’s no plans to add more MPS models,’’ Maciver says.
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