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NEW to the mar­ket and new to Mazda, the Mazda CX-8 is more than just a care­fully cal­cu­lated gam­ble on the part of the New Zealand dis­trib­u­tor. It is a state­ment of in­no­va­tion and a demon­stra­tion of Mazda’s technical bril­liance and at­ten­tion to de­tail. While the CX-8 ap­pears to be some­thing of a lux­ury ad­di­tion to the Mazda SUV sta­ble – al­ready home to the larger CX-9, slightly smaller CX-5 and com­pact CX-3, the ques­tion of 'why the CX-8' is a valid one. The CX-8 com­ple­ments the ex­ist­ing range, rather than re­plac­ing any­thing in it, and this is eas­ily demon­strated with the an­nounce­ment of an ex­clu­sively diesel-pow­ered range of­fer­ing – CX-9 is petrol-only. The smaller CX-5 mean­time has cre­ated a broad niche mar­ket as a pro­fes­sional ve­hi­cle whereas Mazda’s CX-8 – with its ad­di­tional two seats – blurs the bound­aries be­tween a fleet-only ve­hi­cle and a user chooser trans­port at week­ends. In ad­di­tion, the CX-8 de­liv­ers Mazda’s very lat­est SKYACTIV tech­nol­ogy – which de­fines me­chan­i­cal ex­cel­lence by op­ti­mis­ing en­gines, body, chas­sis and pow­er­trains as in­di­vid­ual el­e­ments of the whole and then bring­ing them all into one re­fined amal­ga­ma­tion to suit each spe­cific ve­hi­cle ap­pli­ca­tion. The CX-8 fea­tures the next gen­er­a­tion SKYACTIV-D diesel en­gine, which reaps the ben­e­fits of vari­able tur­bine ge­om­e­try tur­bocharger tech­nol­ogy, as well as new rapid, multi-stage com­bus­tion for greater ef­fi­ciency, more power and torque and qui­eter per­for­mance. Out­put is 140kw at 4500rpm and 450Nm at 2000rpm with a fac­tory con­sump­tion fig­ure of six litres per 100km through an AWD trans­mis­sion sys­tem. Mazda has also re­mained true to its de­sign philoso­phies in the de­liv­ery of the CX-8 which ably demon­strates those same philoso­phies. Most no­table of these is Jinba It­tai, which trans­lates to the horse and rider as one, or in Mazda’s con­text, the car and the driver as one. The Mazda CX-8 also demon­strates Mazda’s com­mit­ment to tech­nol­ogy with its iac­tivsense driver support pack­age, which brings to­gether a raft of proven and com­plete safety tech­nolo­gies, in­clud­ing but not limited to: Mazda Radar cruise con­trol with stop/go, traf­fic sign recog­ni­tion, in­tel­li­gent speed as­sis­tance, ad­vanced smart city brake support, lane de­par­ture and lane keep­ing as­sist. Our award there­fore, is not merely given over for brav­ery in en­ter­ing a tur­bu­lent and fickle mar­ket with a com­pletely new ve­hi­cle con­cept, but also for the ex­e­cu­tion, de­sign and de­liv­ery of a ve­hi­cle of such re­fined build qual­ity and so­phis­ti­ca­tion.

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