Monday, November 25, 2013

Mazda 3 hybrid review [VIDEO]

Mazda has finally joined the growing list of brands to offer hybrid power. The new Mazda3 hybrid sedan uses the same electric drive motor and battery pack technology as Toyota, thanks to a tie-up between the two Japanese brands. The Mazda3 hybrid is a Japan-only model for now but it is under consideration for Australia.
Mazda has officially unveiled the much anticipated Mazda 3 or Axela Hybrid in Japan.
Based on the Toyota Prius, the 2014 Mazda Axela Hybrid is powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine together with an electric motor. It is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT), while Mazda claims that it consumes 30.8 km/l (3.2L/100 km) using the JC08 driving cycle. That equates to 0.4 km/l more than the Toyota Prius which is based on.
The trunk is significantly smaller than the standard Mazda Axela (Mazda 3 in other markets) due to the accommodation of the battery pack.
Set to go on sale next month (November 21 2013), the Mazda Axela Hybrid costs 2,373,000 yen (taxes included). Mazda Japan intends to sell 3,000 units of the Axela Hybrid per month.