The New Mazda3 | Part Four

The New Mazda3

 

Chassis - Zoom-Zoom Handling

Mounted to a highly rigid body structure with superior torsional and flexural stiffness, Mazda3’s chassis systems are carefully tuned to provide a superb balance between handling stability and ride comfort, with steering that is precise and predictable in all situations. It exhibits the same Zoom-Zoom handling and control that characterize all new generation Mazda vehicles by delivering a flat ride, reassuring steering feel and superior braking performance.

A MacPherson strut-type front suspension and a multi-link rear suspension based on the Mazda6 are designed and tuned to ensure an excellent balance between handling stability and ride comfort. Mazda3’s robust braking system delivers responsive, linear braking and one of the segment’s shortest braking distances. The 2.0-litre model features electro-hydraulic power-assisted steering (EHPAS) and the 1.6-litre hydraulic power-assist. Both steering systems deliver optimal road feedback and precise steering control that have helped make all new generation Mazda vehicles some of the best handling vehicles in their respective classes.

The Latest in Safety Technology
Mazda3 hatchback continues Mazda’s efforts to deliver a safety package for all its new generation vehicles that exceed expectations. Superb dynamic characteristics, steering and braking ensure safe and predictable driving under normal conditions. Supplemental to this is a full line up of active safety systems. These include four-wheel ABS with electronic brake-force distribution (EBD) and built in mechanical brake assistance, along with optional dynamic stability control (DSC) with traction control (TCS) for superior vehicle stability and braking performance on slippery roads and in emergency situations. Robust front and rear discs yield superior braking effectiveness, consistency, rigidity and response. A 10-inch (255 mm) single vacuum booster enhances brake effectiveness and response by ensuring linear increase in deceleration as pedal travel increases. The result is one of the segment’s shortest braking distances from 100 km/h of only 37 metres. Mazda3 also features an “intelligent” auto light system that improves headlight longevity and also helps the driver better adapt to situations where light conditions on the road ahead can suddenly change.

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Published 26 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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