Two Mazda models making their world premieres and an exciting sports coupé concept are currently playing a starring role at the Geneva International Motor Show, in Switzerland.
Taking centre stage is the sensationally powerful 155mph Mazda3 MPS, (Mazda Performance Series), the new flagship model of the upgraded Mazda3 range and exciting Mazda Kabura compact 3+1-seater sports coupé, which indicates possible directions the company could take with future vehicles.
Mazda3 MPS - A Double Dose of Zoom-Zoom
The all-new Mazda3 MPS, (Mazda Performance Series), takes its place as the flagship of the upgraded Mazda3 line up and is the second MPS series sports model after the Mazda6 MPS, launched just two months ago in Europe.
The Mazda3 MPS has a distinctly MPS design that combines a refined, yet strong and sporty road presence that is carried over into the interior with the look and feel that evolves Mazda craftsmanship and quality even further.
Mazda3 MPS is fitted with Mazda’s 2.3-litre DISI Turbo petrol engine, transversely mounted and driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox. The engine produces more than 250ps at 5,500rpm and maximum torque of 380 Nm at 3,000rpm - making the Mazda3 MPS one of the world’s most powerful compact sports models with FWD.
Mazda3 MPS combines this sensational powertrain with a stiffer body shell and uprated suspension - featuring a 60 per cent increase in roll stiffness - for superior Zoom-Zoom handling attributes.
Mazda’s petrol direct injection technology not only makes the new Mazda3 MPS powerful, it is also Euro Stage IV compliant for emissions, with fuel consumption levels that are particularly good for a car with this level of performance.
Upgraded Mazda3 - Enhanced Design, Quality, Comfort and Performance
Since its launch in 2003, Mazda3 has become Mazda’s best-selling vehicle globally and the company has had to increase production to meet worldwide demand. To further enhance its global popularity, Mazda has refreshed its compact star’s line-up for 2006 with enhanced design and comfort, optimised performance and even higher levels of interior quality feel for both the elegant saloon and the sporty hatchback.
The upgraded Mazda3’s petrol engine line up features three MZR power units - a 2.0-litre, a 1.6-litre, and a 1.4-litre - all of them further optimised for 2006, so the model will continue to be one of the best driving cars in its segment and adds a new six-speed transmission for the range-topping model.
Enhancements to the body shell along with improved damper performance and improved aerodynamics, deliver better handling, stability and driving fun. Overall comfort has also been improved with more insulation against road noise, revised tyres and reduced suspension vibration. New features added to the line up, like available advanced keyless entry, make the upgraded Mazda3 even easier to use and enjoy on a daily basis.
Mazda Kabura - Redefining the Sports Coupé
Mazda Motor Corporation is using Geneva 2006 to display its design expertise with the new Mazda Kabura concept. The coupé was created by Mazda’s design centre in Irvine, California and indicates a possible future direction Mazda could take with an exciting compact sports coupé.
Designed to meet the demands of young car buyers, it pushes the envelope for both exterior design and interior functionality, and features an innovative 3+1 seating system for high levels of comfort and convenience.
The interior is accessed via a unique three door system with an additional third door on the passenger side that slides neatly into a space in the rear quarter panel, giving superior access to the rear seat compared to other compact coupés.
The roof of the Mazda Kabura design compact is also new and innovative: the windshield and forward section of the roof are made of a single piece of glass while the overhead sections of the glass can be adjusted to let more or less sunlight into the interior. Behind this is a glass rear hatch, whose upper section contains a photovoltaic solar cell that helps control cabin temperatures and recharges the battery, and which pivots open at the bottom to create a roof spoiler. The large glass panel below this is a unique side-hinged glass hatch door that opens in one piece from right to left for easy access to Kabura’s boot.Published 7 March 2006