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Good things come in 3s

The new Mazda 3 comes loaded with a lot of technical goodies

COMPETITORS beware. The current iteration of the Mazda 3 is a technical marvel; it is loaded with enough goodies to get the nod of Tony Stark himself. Last week, Mazda Philippines hosted a select group of motoring media for a front seat turn with the 2020 Mazda 3.

According to Steven Tan, president and chief executive officer of Mazda PH, the local market is one of the first in Southeast Asia where Mazda is rolling out its marvelous 3. On hand to take us through the paces of the latest version of the 3 was Mazda Program Manager Koichiro Yamaguchi, who flew in from Japan for the ride and drive event.

Steven Tan, president and chief executive officer of Mazda, PH strikes a confident pose with the new Mazda 3

Mazda cordoned off the Clark International Speedway (CIS) for the media to immerse themselves in Mazda’s latest offering and enjoy the drive. Keeping lead-footed motoring pen pushers in line were the veteran crew of Ramirez and Cutter, led by ‘Uncle” George Ramirez, his brother Louie and young gun Stefan who acted as sweeper for the Mazda convoy throughout the three-day event.



“Clark Speedway is the proper venue for the media to experience the torque vectoring technology, the Mazda 3’s new NVH (noise, vibration and harshness) levels and the car’s intelligent climate control system,” Tan added. Mazda prepared a fleet of new 1.5-liter Elite models and the top spec 2.0-liter Premium with its two-tone red and black interior.

Torque vectoring
In layman’s speak, Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control (GVC) is an electronic system that momentarily pauses the ignition when sophisticated sensors determine that the steering wheel is being turned at the same time the vehicle is moving. Last year, Mazda introduced the G-Vectoring Control (GVC) Plus, a new system which vastly improves the vehicle’s handling qualities. Participants of the Mazda event in Clark were able to test this technology in a series of acceleration, braking and handling tests at the CIS’ main straight, which was converted into a slalom track.

The Mazda slalom: The G-Vectoring Plus allows the driver better control and stability

Simply put, as the driver steers out of a corner by returning the steering wheel to the center position, the GVC Plus applies a light braking force to the outer wheels, providing a stabilizing moment that helps restore the Mazda 3’s straight line momentum. Therefore, it reduces excessive energy usage that helps maximize the car’s performance, thus providing a more intimate and accurate feel of the vehicle.

“The GVC Plus uses the brakes to add direct yaw moment control and enhance handling stability. It offers a reassuring feel of control when changing lanes, emergency collision avoidance maneuvers or when driving on slippery road surfaces,” Yamaguchi explained.

The application of this human centered development philosophy to all kinds of common driving situations allows Mazda to pursue the provision of driving enjoyment that allows both the driver and the passengers to be one with the car. Mazda calls it Jinba ittai or “The rider and the horse as one.”

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Today’s Front Page December 06, 2019

Today’s Front Page December 06, 2019