Mazda at the 2006 Sydney Motor Show

26th September, 2006


Mazda Kabura concept car

Mazda Australia has announced they will showcase the Kabura concept car at this year's Australian International Motor Show (Sydney Motor Show).

Forming part of a blockbuster lineup, the Kabura will share the stage with Mazda's new crossover SUV, the CX-7, the diesel-powered Mazda 6 and the new BT-50 truck range.

The Mazda Kabura features a compact sports body, rear wheel drive and 2.0-litre MZR engine, combining driving pleasure with functionality. Aimed at a driver who appreciates dynamic, sporting driving, but wants the functionality of a more traditional car, the Kabura also includes a 3+1 seating arrangement to provide greater passenger comfort without increasing weight or size.

The CX-7, Mazda's latest addition to its SUV family, will also be seen in the country for the first time. Australia is the first right-hand drive market to receive this car. Priced at under $50,000 and on sale from November, the CX-7 embraces Mazda's signature 'soul of a sportscar' philosophy with superb driving dynamics and practical function.

Featuring a 2.3-litre four cylinder turbo-charged direct injection engine, also shared with the Mazda 3 MPS and Mazda 6 MPS, the CX-7 does not go slowly into the night as some more traditional SUV's are often accused. Instead, this sporty crossover delivers more than 170 kW while torque peaks at a substantial 350 Nm at just 2,500 rpm.

Mazda CX-7

The crossover SUV's impressive power and torque will drive Mazda's Active Torque Split All Wheel Drive system that, like the CX-7's direct injection engine, debuted last year on the high performance Mazda 6 MPS.

The CX-7's safety credentials will also be class-leading with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC), traction control and ABS anti-lock brakes part of the package. It will also come standard with dual front, front side and head protecting curtain airbags (six in total).

With fuel prices continuing to be a hot topic, Mazda Australia will also release its new Mazda 6 Diesel at the Australian International Motor Show. On sale in late October, this makes Mazda the only Japanese car maker offering a diesel passenger car in the increasingly fuel-sensitive Australian car market.

Boasting torque of 360 Nm at 2,000 rpm the 2.0-litre direct injection engine consumes just 6.0L/100kms on the Government fuel test.

Fuel economy is even more impressive on the highway with consumption falling to just 5.1L/100kms, giving a cruising range of more than 1,250 kms from its 64 litre tank.

Mazda 6 Diesel features a particulate filter trap that all but eliminates diesel "smoke", helping it to pass the ultra-clean Euro Step IV exhaust emissions.

The motor show will also see the preview of Mazda's new utility, the BT-50 which goes on sale before year's end.

2007 Mazda BT-50

Delivering an exciting blend of sophisticated design, refinement, responsive handling and dynamic performance, owners of the exciting new BT-50 will find it features versatility, comfort and convenience whether they use it much like a passenger car or in circumstances requiring tough, reliable commercial truck performance.

It will be powered by a choice of 2.5-litre and 3.0-litre diesel engines.

"This year's Australian International Motor Show will be very important for Mazda Australia," Mazda Australia's managing director Mr Doug Dickson said.

"Not only will we be able to showcase two new cars, but we are very proud to have the Kabura concept car in the country. Kabura signals Mazda's future design direction and we are very excited with the result."

"With Mazda 6 Diesel on sale in October, the CX-7 on sale in November and the BT-50 range in December, this motor show will provide an excellent forum for us to talk to our customers and introduce these new Zoom-Zoom models."

Other Mazda news: here.

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