Mid Week Mo­tor­ing

The Tribune (NZ) - - Front Page - COM­PILED BY DAVE MOORE

MX-5 SPOT ON

MO­TOR­ING Mazda was for­mally pre­sented with the Red Dot: Best of the Best Award for its all-newMX5 at a gala cer­e­mony in Essen, Ger­many on June 29.

The an­nual awards are given for ex­cep­tional ground-break­ing de­signs across 31 cat­e­gories, in­clud­ing ve­hi­cles. Only 1.6 per cent of the year’s sub­mis­sions re­ceived the Red Dot dis­tinc­tion.

With its ag­gres­sive face, sweep­ing lines, wide stance and short over­hangs, Mazda con­sid­ers the MX-5 to be the best ex­am­ple yet of its crit­i­cally ac­claimed Kodo – Soul of Mo­tion de­sign theme on which all new-gen­er­a­tion Maz­das are based.

The com­pany also picked up two other Red Dot prod­uct de­sign prizes this year: a Red Dot for the out­stand­ing de­sign qual­ity of its all-new small SUV, the Mazda CX-3, and an Honourable Men­tion for the Mazda2. In to­tal five new­gen­er­a­tion Maz­das have now cap­tured Red Dot awards.

Ini­ti­ated in 1955 by the Essen-based De­signZen­trum Nor­drhein West­falen, the an­nual Red Dot prod­uct com­pe­ti­tion is con­sid­ered the world’s largest with a jury of 38 in­ter­na­tional de­sign ex­perts. En­tries are eval­u­ated based on cri­te­ria rang­ing from the de­gree of de­sign in­no­va­tion to func­tion­al­ity, er­gonomics and eco­log­i­cal com­pat­i­bil­ity.

This year the com­pe­ti­tion at­tracted 4928 sub­mis­sions from 56 coun­tries.

IN­DE­PEN­DENCE DAY FIAT

Fiat un­veils its all-new 500 on the Fourth of July . While that’s an im­por­tant day for Amer­i­cans, the orig­i­nal model made its de­but on that day back in 1957, and the cur­rent 500 was re­leased on July 4, 2007.

MANDA­TORY STA­BIL­ITY

On July 1, elec­tronic sta­bil­ity con­trol (ESC) be­came manda­tory for many new ve­hi­cles.

ESC is a crash preven­tion sys­tem that in­ter­venes if it de­tects that a ve­hi­cle is about to skid or lose trac­tion. It is able to in­de­pen­dently con­trol the brak­ing of each wheel to cor­rect the ve­hi­cle and pull it back into line.

Re­search in­di­cates ESC can re­duce the risk of crash­ing due to loss of con­trol by about 30 per cent.

All new cars, vans, four-wheel drives and goods ve­hi­cles im­ported into New Zealand are now re­quired to have ESC as part of the Gov­ern­ment’s road safety strat­egy to pre­vent deaths and se­ri­ous in­juries on our roads.

Over the next two decades, ESC is ex­pected to pre­vent hun­dreds of deaths and thou­sands of se­ri­ous in­juries.

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