The Mazda3 Revealed | Part Three

Inside the all-new Mazda3 is a sporty yet highly refined cabin. The dashboard sweeps out from the centre toward both sides with dynamic flair as though it is flexing powerful muscles. The large centre display and controls are laid out around the driver to deliver just the right feeling of snugness. The angle of the centre panel was adjusted after careful analysis of the driver's hand movements, producing a more stylish and dynamic design. A soft, wood grained surface with minimised parting lines on the top of the dashboard enhances the interior quality. The new interactive lighting control enhances the driver's connection with the vehicle.

The development theme for the all-new Mazda3's dynamic performance was 'exhilarating driving'. It refers to the satisfaction derived when a car acts in perfect concert with the driver's intentions. It could also be described as the sense of accomplishment derived when the driver can handle the car easily and have it respond exactly as desired to their will.

Toward this end, the development team didn't settle for merely adding small changes to the already high levels of body rigidity and driving performance. Rather, they also made every effort to completely eliminate all negative aspects of NVH, from the engine noise, vibration in the body and road noise. At the same time, the team retained all positive aspects including the sound of the engine, the sense of acceleration, the quality of brake response, the feel of the steering and the overall road holding sensations.

Published 3 December 2008 Staff

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