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In the road to enter the Russian market hatchback Mazda 3 series BP has lost all-wheel drive and advanced engine Skyactiv-X. Most importantly, got. Any new model in a scarce market event. However, at the time of publication of price lists in the sales program was announced well as the sedan, and all mention of it is now cleaned up from a Russian website Mazda. The beautiful “matryoshka” will have hard here and the problem is not just the cost.

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“Three rubles,” the fourth generation we are experiencing the same place and her predecessor — in Serbia. Appearance is very important for us, but ride quality is flawed.

The prices are inhumane. In the optimal version Active “three” with a 120-horsepower engine and 1.5 “automatic” is 1 590 000. She is 43 thousand more localized two pedal drive sedan Mazda 6 with a two-liter engine. The comparison with classmates is also not in favor of “Japanese”. The Golf class is more expensive Mazda’s only premium brand, and BMW dealers and Mercedes can negotiate a decent discount on the first series and a-class.

The interior looks stylish, the quality of materials is not to find fault. Loved the accessories — buttons, keys, levers are made good. The glove box is not lockable. The entire cabin is only two USB connectors, and two in the front.

On the test drive in Serbia, all the machines are more expensive than 1.8 million oddly enough, more powerful versions are less well equipped. Just living top hatchback 2.0 Supreme 150 HP while in a Russian mission. But a-liter Mazda just Packed to the max, including optional package with an extensive set of security systems for 126 thousand.

Virtual speedometer is encased in a plastic ring to look more natural. The tachometer on the left and the directions on the right analog. Readability of instruments is excellent.

In the life of “matryoshka” it looks worse than on pictures. And some color makes picture too dark. A typical example is the dark blue Deep Crystal Blue, cheerful, sparkling in the sun. All cars with 18-inch wheel disks painted in black, which conceals their size. Light they looked larger in size and scope.

The hatchback looks OK from all angles. Bifurcated exhaust is not fake. But the ground clearance is ridiculous: only 135 mm. only Free white enamel, the usual “metallic” like this would cost 19 000 rubles. And deep red Red Soul ask 33 thousand.

The trunk is modest and trim, and volume. It begins with a familiarity with the hatchback. Up his suitcase and immediately hit the lock button the Central locking. I took her for the key of the electric drive of the fifth door, which the Mazda is not. The key at this point is in the interior, the doors are locked. No, the trunk isn’t shut, but to get in the car, just behind the sofa (the clips located on the back) and diving into the cabin next door.

The compartment is small, only 295 L. the Doorway is too small, the loading height is excessive. Add up the parts, the back of the sofa forms an almost flat loading Bay. Devices for securing cargo is not provided. Under hlipenky floor lies a stowaway.

In the back row, does not clear up. Colleague tall, sitting “behind myself”, laments the lack of stock on the head and knees. I’m ten inches shorter, but I’m in the process of landing has to tilt his head, making his way through the low doorway. Rear door Windows too small, passenger visibility is poor. Of the facilities there is only the Central armrest. Not even the Central duct.

The front seats are the optimal shape and perfectly distribute the load. Frictional properties of the tissue high. In the top version of the driver’s seat is equipped with electrically. Rear cramped and gloomy with minimum amenities. But the geometry of the landing is good.

Note the impressive front ranges of the adjustable steering column and seats. In the top version of the driver is electrified, complete easier all the settings are mechanical. Comfortable fit, visibility forward is good: the front Desk is not too wide, and the mirrors of irregular shape fixed to the legs and a little related ago. The window of the fifth door is small and partially blocked by headrests. The top version of the inner electrochromic mirror, and outside the driver’s side.

All Windows equipped with auto mode. When you enable reverse mirror can be adjusted on the rear wheels. The wheel always multifunctional, but “in the” he is deprived of a leather braid. Dual-zone climate control is available to the average configuration is Active.

Powertrains are familiar from the old machine. “Poltorashka” special emotions causes: accelerates — and right. The city will do. A well-configured accelerator: light hatchback without delay follows the pedal. The “machine” argument: switch to happen on time and smoothly. If you need to accelerate quickly, he without thinking, immediately takes off a few steps. And on the track only starts to fuss when driving at high speed, changing ranges more frequently than the situation requires.

Selector “machine” fits well in the hand, but the smart setup box not desire to change gear manually. In sport mode the power unit longer downshifts. The Parking brake became Electromechanical.

On acceleration aspirated unhappy buzzing. The sound is not obnoxious, but sometimes too Intrusive. Mazda generally noisy, although in comparison with the predecessor, the progress is obvious. In the cabin enough extraneous sounds. At speeds over a hundred in the area of the front pillars is formed aerodynamic noise, and catching the curb, I hear the clatter of gravel in the arches. The cars with 18-inch wheels noticeably buzzing tires Bridgestone Turanza T005A.

Widescreen display with a size of 8.8 inches diagonally is in all trim levels. The screen is further from the driver than before, but to reach it is not necessary: it does not touch.

Controller multimedia system without the touchpad on the washer was before. The little volume knob still moving to the sides to switch tracks or stations. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are only activated when your device is connected through the port in the armrest.

The two-litre hatchback accelerates more fun. For the active set speed it does not need to twist in the sound, since the thrust at low and medium revs more clearly. Noise correspondingly smaller. Even tires Yokohama bluearth mountain Board-GT dimension 205/60 R16 slower than a wider “bridge”. In other picture is similar. Ride on 16-inch wheels is obviously better but also not perfect.

Pretty big box under the broad cover Central armrest with a convenient divider. In addition to the main glove box provides the traditional small box to the left of the steering column.

Hatchback gathers with the road irregularities. The vibration of white-slightly smoothed out, but other defects in the fabric with minimal filtration liberally broadcast into the cabin. Big bumps, pits with sharp edges and transverse joints — this is a serious obstacle. Shortwave Mazda hops, but medium-and long-wave ignores. In General, during the whole test drive I had a feeling that I was going to something very German with sportpolish.

Handling the Mazda safe rather than gambling. She willingly falls into an arc and almost no heels. But typical of previous generations of sportiness left. With disabled stabilization system in the limit of a hatchback tends to straighten the trajectory.

Rulitsya “treshka” it is interesting, but do not look for in her behavior sportiness. With the change of generations “matryoshka” finally calmed down. Near-zero zone on the easy wheel there was a slight power background. On turns the car responds quickly, but not abruptly. The reactive force increases it is logical, but weakly. When rebuilding at speed feels like the hatchback neatly taxis stern. This behavior seems comfortable. There is no sense that driveability has suffered from the transition to semi-suspension. Brakes are effective, the pedal travel and effort on it optimal.

Handle to close the tailgate located just on the right side. Pressing the button with the lock, you can lock the car with the key inside. But the trunk is not locked.

Mazda 3 was nice to me, but half a million is not enough only one pretty face and sexy poop. If I had to sacrifice the smoothness in favor of more bright drayverskih sensations, which are missing here. There are issues and configurations. In the most rational version of Active there are no Parking sensors or rear view camera. But projection display put even the basic version of the Drive with steel wheels and plastic wheel.

With the price of the optimal version are about 1.6 million “three” is more likely to compete with other Mazda than with more mainstream classmates. The warranty period is three years or 100 000 km mileage. Mazda 3 is not yet attached to post-program.

Excessive demand for the hatchback will be. In 2018, sold 2011 three-pointers, nearly three quarters (1455) were sedans. For the six months 2019, the dealers shipped the 492 machines are mostly four-door (396). Even middle-aged, a niche Golf sells better — 728 car for six months. The results of some localized Sid differ in tens times. Mazda 3 is not a competitor, but the counterweight. Its mission is to provide an alternative. It’s incredibly valuable in our time of limited choice.

Passport data

Mazda 3 1.5 AT 2.0 AT
Body type hatchback hatchback
Number of doors/seats 5/5 5/5
Length, mm 4460 4460
Width, mm 1795 1795
Height, mm 1435 1435
Wheelbase, mm 2725 2725
Track front/rear mm 1570/1580 1570/1580
Curb weight, kg 1342 1362
Full weight, kg 1853 1873
Trunk volume, l 295-1026 295-1026
Type petrol with direct fuel injection petrol with direct fuel injection
Location front, transversely front, transversely
The number and arrangement of cylinders 4 in a row 4 in a row
Number of valves 16 16
Working volume, cm3 1496 1998
Max. power, HP/rpm 120/6000 150/6000
Max. torque, N•m/rpm 153/4000 213/4000
Transmission automatic, six-speed automatic, six-speed
Drive front front
Front suspension independent, spring, McPherson independent, spring, McPherson
Rear suspension semi -, spring semi -, spring
The front brakes ventilated disc ventilated disc
Rear brakes disk disk
Tires 215/45 R18 205/60 R16
Ground clearance, mm 135 135
Performance characteristics
Maximum speed, km/h 193 213
Acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h, with 12,4 9,3
Fuel consumption, l/100 km
— urban 7,7 9,1
— extra-urban cycle 5,0 5,6
combined 6,0 6,9
Emissions Euro 5 Euro 5
Fuel tank capacity, l 51 51
Fuel AI-95 AI-95


Mazda 3 series BP first used the new platform Skyactiv-Vehicle Architecture, the design of which include the use of AWD and hybridization. Then this “truck” started the crossover CX-30, which we’re looking forward to in Russia.

The front still uses a McPherson strut with a modified geometry. Instead of the rear mnogoryichazhka, which was completed three previous-generation model applied torsion beam with variable thickness.

The share of high strength steels with yield strength of 980 MPa and above has increased from three percent to 30. Individual parts manufactured by cold-forming of ultra-high-strength steel with a yield strength of 1310 MPa.

Both the petrol engine is Euro 6 (1.5 and 2.0 from left to right) belong to the family Skyactiv-G high compression ratio of 13:1 and structurally similar. Here we use direct fuel injection, and speed phase shifters at the inlet and outlet are motorized to reduce losses. Unusual exhaust manifold, which plays an important role in the optimization of heat transfer in the combustion chamber, arranged according to the scheme 4-2-1.

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Mazda 3 first generation — not just a model of a Golf class, the company from Hiroshima. Introduced in 2003, the car became a nurse firms before 2008 was released more than two million sedans and hatchbacks. At the time, the model drawn by the Japanese team, look fresh, fashionable and memorable details like optics and dynamic L-shaped sill line. Based on Ford’s global C1 platform (front McPherson front and memorycache back), could give “three rubles” refined handling and bright character.

The car was fitted with petrol “four” 1.4, 1.5 (Japan only), 1.6 and 2.0 with a capacity from 84 to 150 forces, as well as 1.6 and 2.0 turbo diesel (109 and 143-185 forces, respectively). And in Japan and North America versions were available with engines 2.3 (162-171 HP)

In the list of transmission was listed as “mechanics” with five or six steps, and “machines” on four or five bands. The role of top version got the Mazda 3 MPS (aka Mazdaspeed3) — “charged” pyatidverka with a 260-horsepower turbo 2.3 DISI (380 N•m) equipped with direct injection. Such machines were equipped with only six-speed “mechanics”, acceleration to hundreds took 6,1 s and the maximum speed reached 250 km/h.

In the spring of 2006 Mazda 3 has undergone restyling, which received minor cosmetic changes and a retuned suspension.

The model of the second generation revealed in October 2008. At the same wheelbase (2640 mm) and width (1755) length hatchback increased from 4420 to 4460 mm, and height — 1465 to 1470 mm. the Japanese are seriously altered and the interior has significantly improved furnish materials, but vanished sporty spirit of its predecessor. According to the technique of updates on a smaller scale.

Petrol engines 1.5, 1.6 and 2.0 modernization is not touched, diesel 1.6 added to the impact, but from the line fell aggregates 1.4, 2.3 and 2.0 diesel. In their place came the motors 2.0 Skyactive-G (157 HP) and 2.5 (167-169), and the turbodiesel 2.2 (150-185).

In the same body design used more high-strength steels and transverse amplifiers on the floor and the ceiling in the center b-pillars, and also twice increased the number of spot welds in the door openings. The rigidity of the body torsion has increased by 7%, and its weight decreased by 11 pounds.

Ford’s C1 platform, as before, was the basis of the Mazda 3, although the engineers made stiffer subframes, changed the attachment points of stabilizer bars and recalibrated elastic elements.

The range to the familiar transmissions added a six-speed “automatic”, and some versions with “mechanics” were completed with the system start/stop. Continued production and front-wheel drive hot-hatch the Mazda3 MPS with the same 260-horsepower engine and a mechanical differential lock. The model waited for the replacement in 2013 and total was made nearly half a million vehicles of the second generation.

The car had petrol units of 1.5, 2.0 and 2.5, and the diesels are 1.5 and 2.2 from the line of Skyactiv, developing from 100 to 186 forces. Also for the Japanese market (where the model is called Axela) was built options on CNG and hybrid.

The third generation was launched in 2013. Platform BL (partly he that borrowed his own elements “truck” Ford C1) model moved to Mostovskoy Skyactiv platform with MacPherson strut and mnogolikaia. However, Skyactiv is a whole architecture involving the introduction of new “skyactive” motors, electronics and so on.

When restyling just moved the emblem on the nose, changed the headlights and daytime running lights. In the cabin was replaced the steering wheel and head-up display was full color.

In 2016, the family has undergone restyling. One of the important innovations was the introduction of a system of G-Vectoring Control, which improves handling at the expense of some short-term adjustments in the torque of the motor (they indirectly affect the forces in the contact patch of the steered wheels). Yet there appeared adaptive led headlights, improved engines with a reduced level of noise (Frequency Control Natural Sound and Natural Sound Smoother), the company added the diesel 2.2-liter and 2.2, it became possible to combine with all-wheel drive. Also, the auto brake system is the IR sensor began to focus on the camera and learned to identify the pedestrians.

Behind the scenes

The Serbian language with the great and mighty unites the Cyrillic alphabet, so reading signs in Serbia is quite interesting. Moving along the route, we stopped at Drvengrad — a village, which the filmmaker Emir Kusturica built fifteen years ago specially for the filming of the movie “Life as miracle”. All the streets here are named after historical characters, which personally Kusturica considers relevant. On-site Drvengrad live his life a few vintage cars, among which it was found our twenty-first Volga, the most common of the third series. The other two machines have the East German pedigree. A police sedan is the Wartburg 311, and the amusing limo went to the Trabant 601.


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The concept Aiways U6 Ion hint in Geneva on a new cross-coupe

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The SUV U5 (pictured) has room to grow, but not so much in size (in length 4680 mm, and a basis 2800), how much battery capacity (65 kWh) and power reserve (503 km in the NEDC cycle). Only the electric motor produces 190 HP and 315 N•m — is also not the limit.

“New Chinese car company is ready to strike at the distant European continent,” writes the press of the PRC on the upcoming March 13 speech marks Aiways at the Geneva motor show. There is an electric SUV makes its debut Aiways U5 (in Europe) and U6 mysterious concept Ion (even the teaser yet). Very likely, it kupeobrazny version of the “ten-fifth” with a similar filling, but possible surprises. At the same time, Aiways will arrange a demonstration of smart technologies, introduce your partners and reveal the sales plan in the Old world.

Model U6 late, because already shown a prototype of crossway U7 (pictured). All electric cars of the brand is built on a modular platform MAS (McPherson and memorycache), endowed with the powertrain’s E-Drive and the beginnings of artificial intelligence.

Because the base Aiways U5 is estimated at 197 900 yuan (1.76 million rubles), it is easy to predict that the initial “coupe” U6 breaks out the level of 200 000. “The Geneva motor show will mark an important milestone for Aiways, as will be announced very exciting news about our plans for Europe. We are set up to compete with the best, creating a revolutionary user experience through unprecedented cooperation with partners”, — said the Vice-President for foreign operations Alexander Klose.


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SUV Ford Bronco showed his mighty chassis

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Ford bronco. Лобовое стекло установлено относительно близко к вертикали, форма передних крыльев и капота напоминает о линиях, присущих прежнему Bronco, особенно в восьмидесятых. Огромные накладки на крыше и задней стойке пока не позволяют оценить силуэт.

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The windshield is installed relatively close to the vertical, the shape of the front wings and bonnet reminiscent of the lines inherent in the old Bronco, especially in the eighties. Huge overlays on the roof and the rear pillar does not yet allow us to estimate the silhouette.

Noticed a couple of days ago on the trials Ford Bronco Sport many of our readers upset. Famous name and is a compact SUV don’t mix. But that was because the Bronco Junior. And now arrived, and a large Ford Bronco. Real SUV on the frame. New pictures have revealed few details of the exterior and interior and suspension.

The lights made interesting: large circles with a rectangular sections in. In the history of the Bronco was round, and rectangular, so that continuity will work in any case. It’s funny that a camouflage painted thousands of tiny pictograms, symbolizing the active, among them the word “Bronco”.

Sources in the company have hinted that the big Bronco will be available in two body versions: two- (as the ancestor) and four-door (not counting the wicket Keeper or the side rear). A relative of a Ranger needs to supercharged engines 2.3 and 2.7, a six-speed “mechanics” and desjatilopastnye “automatic”. In an explicit competitors have Bronco listed Jeep Wrangler and Ford must answer him a decent variability. For example, the installation of the mirrors suggests that the door can be removed as the Jeep.

In the cabin — tubular frame overhead and, it seems, a removable roof section, the front panel and console with an almost vertical position. Tires — Bridgestone Dueler A/T 255/75 R17. See front wishbones, rear — rigid axle.

Liability on the Bronco 2021 model year is a big. The predecessor behind — long story: for five generations, and production from 1965 to 1996. The successor to the Americans have to show in spring, it is not excluded that already in April at the auto show in new York. But if I don’t reach it, that is, a reserve airfield in the auto show in Detroit in June. The simplest version of the “sixth” Bronco, according to the should cost approximately $33 000-35 000, sales will begin by the end of 2020.


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Brand Maserati have added diversity to the American line

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Maserati quattroporte,Maserati ghibli,Maserati levante. Передок и корма Quattroporte и других Maserati GT Sport оформлены по старой программе GranSport. Образ седана дополняют 20-дюймовые диски Silver Teseo и тормозные суппорты, окрашенные в красный, синий или чёрный цвет. Отделка интерьера включает вставки из дерева, покрытого чёрным лаком.

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The front and feed the Quattroporte and other Maserati GT Sport are under the old program GranSport. The image of the sedan’s complement 20-inch wheels Silver Teseo and brake calipers painted in red, blue or black. Interior decoration involves inserting of wood, covered with black lacquer.

After the resignation of the tandem of the GranTurismo and GranCabrio, the Maserati brand has remained in North America with three models: a sedan Ghibli, Quattroporte and crossover Levante. This year, they will undergo a restyling to be joined by sports car, previously known under the name of Alfieri. Until that happens, the “Trident” available breeds special version of the Trinity without touching the powertrain. Recently, the world saw the series Royale, now announced a “sport” package, GT Sport Package, giving the car a “more aggressive look”.

The sonorous names of the Ghibli and Levante GT Sport GT Sport — performance GranSport exterior, wheels (20-inch Dark Perseo for Ghibli, Helios 21 inches from Levante), interior design High Gloss Piano Black Wood and Piano Black Composite, colored calipers.

At the same time in the United States launched a series Edizione Ribelle (the analogue of the European Ribelle) “consumers who want to stand out from the crowd and not blend in with the sea of sameness”. In the “rebel” party includes 225 vehicles: hundreds Ghibli S, the same S 25 Levante and Quattroporte S. Nothing really new Edizione is not brought, however, and the package GT Sport, Maserati collects the combination of “proven” solutions.

Levante Edizione Ribelle distinguished by black color Nero Ribelle, darkened chrome package Nerissimo (they are decorated with lattice, trim, Windows, tips, nozzles, markers, and so on), dark 20-inch wheels and Maserati logos on the rear rack. Inside — black-red leather finishing, insert of carbon fibre and a commemorative plaque.

The company Maserati has not yet reported for 2019, but Automotive News reports that over three quarters of global sales fell by 26% (to 19 500 vehicles), and losses reached 159 million Euro, while the same period of 2018 brought a profit of 103 million Conclusions: the new commercial Director appointed 54-year-old native of Mitsubishi Bernard Loire, the Director of marketing has become a 52-year-old Italian Paolo Tubito coming from the company Nike. Guide Maserati is working on a “plan to restart the brand.” The strategy will be published in may.


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