Aboard the all-new Mazda3 is a new 'Human Machine Interface' that contributes to the sense of oneness between the car and driver - the 'Jinba Ittai' for which the Mazda MX-5 roadster is famed. The cabin interior is designed to allow the driver to concentrate on driving and also appreciate the level of quality in both design and the materials used.
The new 'zone layout' approach focuses on improving visibility and creating more intuitive controls which provide 'a sense of the car and driver as one' and 'a reassuring sense of confidence that frees the driver to concentrate on driving'.
First, the new Mazda3 development team integrated the information display and positioned it towards the front in the optimal 'zone'. This placed the information necessary while driving where it can be seen with the least amount of eye movement. Next, the engineers placed all the controls and switches within a single 'zone' closer to the driver's hands. Designing the cockpit with controls and information display in separate zones frees the driver to concentrate on driving.
Based on the concept of the zone layout, Mazda developed the Multi Information Display (MID). It clearly shows information on all the equipment needed while driving, such as the trip computer, audio system and compact GPS system (optional), which can be operated easily by switches mounted on the steering wheel.
The raised sides on the front of the seat cushions were made 20mm larger than on the first generation Mazda3 to increase the leg support for a better fit. The seat backs were also extended by 35mm to better support the occupant's posture. Seat position adjustment controls were also evolved. The new power seat has a 3-position memory function. Upon approaching the car, the driver's seat automatically adjusts to the settings chosen by up to three different drivers by recognising the code of the key fob. High-grade models feature standard sports seats.Published 3 December 2008