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Mazda Connected Services and MyMazda app launched

Mazda’s Connected Services have been launched and are exclusively available for the 2021.5 Mazda CX-5, 2021.5 Mazda CX-9 and the 2022 MX-30 EV. Housed within the MyMazda app, drivers can access remote features such as their vehicle’s door locks, lights, and remote engine start.

Other services include monitoring vehicle status such as fuel and oil levels, EV vehicle charge status, vehicle health report and more. And Mazda’s Connected Services can even help owners locate their parked vehicle by using Vehicle Finder. When in use Vehicle Finder will pinpoint the car’s location on a map and flash its hazard lights for easy identification in even the most crowded parking lots.

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2021 Mazda CX-5 comes out top in new IIHS safety test

The 2021 Mazda CX-5 was the only vehicle out of 20 other small SUVs to receive the highest achievable ‘good’ rating in a new side impact test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Already a 2021 Top Safety PICK+ winner, the CX-5 performed highly in a stringent test that addresses higher severity crashes by using a heavier barrier traveling at higher speed to simulate the striking vehicle.

“We developed this new test because we suspected there was room for more progress, and these results confirm that,” IIHS President David Harkey says. “The good rating for the CX-5 shows that robust protection in a more severe side crash is achievable.”

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Drive – The Sunshine Coast Highway, British Columbia, Canada

“One of the things I really like about the Sunshine Coast is the feeling that no one else is around. It’s just you and nature.” Callum Snape, Travel and Adventure photographer

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Review: 2021.5 Mazda CX-9

“If you’re someone that needs a lot of space but doesn’t like the way a big car/CUV feels, then the CX-9 should be high on your list to consider.”

Clayton Seams,

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Review: 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV

“I say ‘fantastic little car’ with confidence, as after driving the MX-30 EV for a few hours all over Metro Vancouver, I was more than impressed by Mazda’s inaugural foray into the electric vehicle world.”

Andrew McCredie,

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Review: 2022 Mazda MX-30 EV

“The MX-30 EV does perform, especially in the handling sense where steering response is spot-on, and passenger comfort is kept nicely in-check thanks to an advanced version of Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control.”

Dan Heyman,

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New Kuro Edition range revealed

Mazda Canada has unveiled the all-new Kuro Edition range for the 2021 CX-5, CX-9, and Mazda6. The exclusive lineup includes a choice between the stunning Jet Black Mica or Polymetal Grey Metallic exteriors and boasts sleek Garnet Red leather seats, and a powerful Skyactiv-G 2.5 litre engine.

To celebrate the launch, Mazda Canada partnered up with three creatives and influencers from across the country—tattoo artist David Peyote, jewelry designer Ashley Alexis McFarlane and artist Maxwell N. Burnstein. Commenting on the new design McFarlane said: “The combination of the calm tranquillity of black and bold intensity of red is very visceral.”

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Every 2021 Mazda Model Tested Earns Top Safety Award

For the fifth year running Mazda has won TOP SAFETY PICK awards for vehicles tested by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), an independent safety-testing organisation.

The IIHS awarded the highest safety designation available, TOP SAFETY PICK+, to the CX-9 with standard equipment. And the top honours also went to the 2021 Mazda3, Mazda3 Sport, Mazda6, CX-5 and CX-30 (built after September 2020) when equipped with optional front crash prevention technology.

The Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover earned a TOP SAFETY PICK award when equipped with optional front crash prevention and specific headlights.

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Mazda fans raise funds for local charities

These challenging times have brought out the very best in human spirit, and Mazda fans have shown a united front by giving back to their community. Eight clubs across the country including the Miataphiles, the Canadian Rockies Miata Club and the Maritime Miata Club have been donating funds to local food banks, hospitals and charities. And to show their support to clubs who could no longer gather because of COVID, Mazda Canada partnered with them to raise a collective total of over $30,000 so far.

The Niagara Peninsula Miata Club raised $2,000 from club funds and donations for local food banks, including the Salvation Army Hamilton food bank and Hamilton Food Share. The Trillium Miata Club raised $2,000 too, which was distributed among the North Harvest Food Bank, Women’s Shelters of Canada and Covenant House Toronto. Based in Southern Ontario, some club members also took part in a food-drop off last spring, loading their MX-5 trunks with much-needed supplies.

Former club president Gary Svoboda said: “We’re a very active club and passionate about our cars. When lockdown began we had to channel that passion elsewhere, so we came up with the idea of dropping off donations at the food bank as a way to get back into our cars and do something useful.

“After that, we decided to focus on giving back to those who are needier than us in the community. We reached out to our membership to raise some money and then Mazda Canada offered to match our donations. They’ve been very supportive of our fundraising.”

Mazda in The Car Guide’s Best Buy list

Mazda has scored highly in The Car Guide’s ‘Best Buy’ list for 2021, featuring in five out of 26 categories. The Quebec publication crowned the Mazda3 winner of the Compact Car category and also recommended the Mazda MX-5, CX-3, CX-5 and CX-30 in the Convertible, Urban Crossover, Compact SUV and Subcompact SUV categories.

More Mazda awards success

For the second year running, the Mazda3 won its category, and has been named the 2021 Best Mid-Size Car at the Canadian Car of the Year awards. Winners are selected by the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) and were announced during the Montreal International Auto Show’s “Auto Zone” broadcast on Quebec’s TVA network.

As a category winner, the Mazda3 is eligible to win the overall 2021 Canadian Car of the Year award, which will be presented in partnership with the Canadian International AutoShow at a later date.

Review: 2021 Mazda3 Turbo

“The best cars to drive are the ones that give the driver confidence and the Mazda3 will make you feel like Lewis Hamilton.”

Kunal Dsouza,

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Review: 2021 Mazda CX-5 100th Anniversary edition

“This is a true five-passenger vehicle, and I’d describe it like a hatchback on steroids. The front-end styling is absolutely Mazda, and to me, it’s stylishly different.”

Jeff Griffiths, Reader

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Review: 2021 Mazda6 Kuro Edition

“The car’s sleek lines, handsome proportions and sharp aerodynamic aesthetic is as prominent now as it was when it went on sale in 2013.”

Lee Bailie,

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Review: 2020 Mazda CX-30 GT

“What every modern Mazda seems to ace is its interior design. This is Japanese artwork at its finest, and I would buy a Mazda just for the cabin atmosphere alone.”

Calvin Chan, Canadian Auto Review

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Mazda Canada partners with Driving Unlimited Academy

Mazda Canada has joined forces with Driving Unlimited Academy, providing the school with a fleet of Mazda3 Sport GT AWD models for their student training vehicles.

“It’s the perfect vehicle as it has all the latest active and passive safety features,” says the academy’s President and CEO Danny Kok. “It also has great ergonomics and sightlines that are beneficial to learner drivers, as well as great styling.”

Driving Unlimited Academy operates throughout the Greater Vancouver Area, and the City of Kelowna and West Kelowna.

The great escape

“Throughout our 600 km trip, we felt in safe hands with the Mazda CX-30’s superb suite of i-Activsense Advanced driver-assistance technologies always at work. But the most game-changing feature for me as a driver is Mazda Radar Cruise Control. The CX-30’s millimetre wave radar judges the relative speed of the car in front and automatically regulates its own. I found it particularly impressive when a car in front of me unexpectedly slowed down.”

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