It’s no secret that i have a little bit of an obsession with cars. I can remember spending a vast amount of time with my dad as a kid either lying underneath a car examining its inner workings, or behind the wheel on dirt roads sitting on his lap and “learning” how to drive. I was sitting on his lap because i couldn’t have been older than 6 and my legs definitely weren’t long enough for me to reach the pedals. Cars have been an integral part of mine and my dad’s relationship.
When it came to me deciding on my first car, he was the first person i consulted. At the time, we narrowed it down to a few hatches that would suit my needs. After everything was taken into account; safety, after-purchase service, fuel consumption, looks, insurance, price, etc… we decided on a Honda Civic. I have not regretted that decision once since i bought that car.
On the short-list of potential cars were the predictable VW’s and even a Volvo, but the car that probably came the closest was the Mazda 3. It’s the perfect car for a young person, or pretty much anyone that’s working on a budget but still wants a decent looking car and one that comes standard with a lot of “extras” that you would pay for if you bought with another brand.
The 2014 Mazda 3 is an all new car, and they haven’t spared any expense on technology too. You can get: Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning, Forward Obstruction Warning, High Beam Control, Radar Cruise Control and Smart City Brake Support. WHAT I WOULD GIVE FOR CRUISE CONTROL! Seriously.
Mazda in general have put a lot of effort into design over the last little while – and it shows. The Mazda’s don’t look like the kind of cars our grandparents would drive – which they used to years ago. Mazda in South Africa are also stepping out from under Ford’s shadow and are now officially independent. You can bet your bottom dollar that that means that the guys over at Mazda are going to go the extra mile to make you happy because they need to establish themselves as a strong and trustworthy independent brand in the country.
If you are in the market for a car – do yourself a favour and test drive a Mazda 3. Perceptions and pre-conceived notions aren’t going to help you when it comes to choosing a brand. Gone are the days when the only reliable car was a German one. The Asian car brands are working extra hard and offering way more in return just to prove that they can compete on the same level. Which they can!
If you want to book a test drive, all you have to do is go here: DRIVE MAZDA
And if i don’t have you convinced yet, check this clip out: Mazda 3 South Africa
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Did you know that you’ve probably been mispronouncing most of the Japanese car brand’s names? Here’s a handy video with a native Japanese speaker pronouncing them correctly. How many do you say correctly?