UPDATE (August 14): Prices of new Mazda6 unchanged from before – RM156,190.60 for the 2.0 sedan, RM189,698.47 for the 2.5 sedan and RM193,472.06 for the touring wagon (Peninsular Malaysia, without insurance).

It’s been 10 years since Bermaz Motor, together with Prima Merdu, took on the Mazda business in Malaysia and during those 10 years, the presence of the Japanese brand has certainly grown. Although the Malaysian market has changed much since the 1980s when Mazda was among the market leaders, it is nevertheless today a brand with strong appeal.

While there can be no denying that Mazda has produced some excellent models since the ‘Zoom-zoom’ era began in the early 2000s, having great products without equally strong marketing would not bring success. This is where Bermaz Motor has put in maximum effort to build the brand and strengthen its image, helped by having a wide range of products to offer (one of the widest of among all markets in the world).

Network development has also been important to make it easy for customers to view, experience and service Mazda vehicles. Over the 10 years Bermaz Motor has been expanding its sales and aftersales network and recently, the company opened its 85th Mazda outlet and the 43rd one which is a 3S (sales, service and spare parts) outlet. Located in the Jelutong area of Penang island, the new outlet is operated by Bermaz Motor. The location is along a main road which is accessible by customers on the island as well as from the mainland.

With a built-up area of 24,138 sq ft on a land area of 39,992 sq ft, the Mazda Jelutong 3S Centre is one of the largest outlets in Malaysia. It incorporates Mazda’s latest global visual identity and has been designed with the future in mind when there will be a larger capacity in terms of sales and demand for aftersales services. It will serve as a one-stop centre for all of the customer’s needs.

Visitors to the showroom will be able to view up to 14 Mazda vehicles while owners can send their vehicles to the full-fledged service centre which has 7 work bays capable of handling around 500 vehicles a month. Bermaz technicians have been trained and certified to provide professional services, whether it is basic maintenance or repairs.

The 3S centre also operates a Mazda Mobile Service Unit which can go to owner’s homes to carry out general servicing. This free service is useful for owners who may not be free to bring their vehicles to the service centre.

The new Mazda CX-3 has cosmetic changes on the outside and greater refinement inside, with lower levels of noise and vibrations. The centre console between the seats has also been redesigned to be more functional and now has a small tab for the electrically-operated brake, so a handbrake lever is unnecessary. The engine is still a 2-litre SKYACTIV-G unit with a 6-speed conventional automatic transmission powering only the front wheels. Prices (excluding insurance) start from RM123,788 (about RM3,000 cheaper than before).
The new Mazda6 continues to be available in sedan and stationwagon bodystyles with petrol and diesel engines. The two petrol engines (2.0 litres and 2.5 litres) have increased output and the 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine is also more powerful than before. All powertrains use a 6-speed SKYACTIV-DRIVE conventional automatic transmission. Externally, there are cosmetic changes but inside, there’s a major upgrade which enhances the premium image of the model. Like the CX-3, the Mazda6 is also imported as a CBU model from Japan but prices are not available at this time.

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