As well as improving passive safety technologies, Mazda focused on enhancing active safety equipment that supports the recognition and avoidance of hazards. Specifically, the cutting-edge active safety technologies featured on the all-new Mazda3 include ABS, Electronic Brake Force Distribution (EBD), Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Emergency Stop Signalling system (ESS) as standard equipment, and bi-xenon headlights with a pivoting adaptive front lighting system as an option.
New optional features (depending on grade) include the Rear Vehicle Monitoring system (RVM), Tyre Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS) and Heated Windscreen. The new model's passive safety systems are comprehensive and include Mazda proprietary highly-rigid and safe vehicle body technology, the Mazda Advanced Impact-energy Distribution and Absorption System, as well as front seat active headrests and a complement of six airbags, placing the all-new Mazda3 at the top level for occupant safety.
The all-new Mazda3 offers excellent environmental performance with many models conforming to Euro Stage5 regulations, or Euro Stage4 for the 1.6-litre petrol and diesel engines. This level of clean emissions was achieved thanks to innovations including the introduction of the new MZR-CD 2.2L diesel engine, optimised engine control, Mazda's Electro-Hydraulic Power Assisted Steering system (EHPAS), outstanding low-drag aerodynamics and comprehensive weight reduction efforts. The MZR-CD 2.2L standard power version is approximately 10 per cent more efficient than the MZR-CD 2.0-litre engine of the first-generation Mazda3.
Mazda has achieved recyclability ratios of over 90 per cent with some of its product line-up. Beginning in 2005, Mazda also became the first company in the auto industry to fully implement 'bumper-to-bumper recycling' that recycles material from damaged bumpers. Additionally, Mazda has completely eliminated the use of lead, hexavalent chromium, cadmium and mercury, with the exception of exempt parts.
Mazda led the motor industry by being the first to adopt a low-VOC sealer that reduces toluene emissions to less than one tenth of conventional sealers. Furthermore, all of Mazda's domestic production sites in Japan have attained ISO 14001 certification.Published 3 December 2008