Bermaz Motor has started sales of the locally-assembled variant of the latest Mazda3 SKYACTIV. The model is available in both sedan and hatchback bodystyles, with the sedan having two equipment levels (GL and High).

Local assembly means more attractive price, of course, and the prices (excluding insurance) are as follow: Sedan GL at RM105, 376.30; Sedan High at RM120,376.30; and the Hatchback at RM120,376.30. Apart from some savings on duties which are higher when a model is a completely built-up (CBU) import, there’s also cost-saving through using some parts sourced from Malaysia. The cars are assembled at the Inokom plant in Kedah where the CX-5 is also assembled.

Assembly of a Mazda model at the Inokom plant in Kedah

But in the light of the weakened ringgit, there is still an impact on how much lower the price can be for now. Nevertheless, it is probably timely that the model is assembled in Malaysia since continued import as a CBU model (by Prima Merdu, the official importing company) would force prices to go up since it would require more ringgit to buy the cars from the factory in Japan.

All versions are powered by Mazda’s SKYACTIV-G petrol engine with a 2- litre displacement that produces 162 bhp/210 Nm. Power flows to the front wheels through a 6-speed SKYACTIV automatic gearbox which uses a torque converter but has some special design features that enhance efficiency and performance.

Mazda SKYACTIV engine and transmission

While SKYACTIV technologies are largely used for the powertrain, they also encompass the rest of the car’s design and help to optimise engineering and reduce weight in the structure – without compromising on safety. [Click here to read more about Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technologies]

In earlier years, when a model was assembled locally, it was a poor comparison to the CBU versions which has many more features. Not so with the Mazda3 as Bermaz has been generous in equipment provided. Depending on the variant, there are features such as Heads-up Display, High Beam Control, Smart City Braking System (with automatic braking in the 4 to 30 km/h range), and Lane Departure Warning. The Hi-Spec Sedan also comes with full leather upholstery for the seats and matching trim as well as 18-inch alloy rims with 215/45 tyres.

The Mazda3 hatchback also has this performance-themed wheel-and-tyre combination, as well as attractive fabric seat trim.

Every new Mazda3 comes with a 3-year/60,000 km Free Maintenance Package besides the 3 years/100,000 km factory warranty. The Free Maintenance package is great value since it means that your initial years of running the car won’t cost you anything where servicing is concerned, and that can be substantial savings.

Click here for our driving impressions of the Mazda3

To locate a showroom to view or test-drive the Mazda3, visit www.mazda.com.my where you can also get information on roadshows around the country.

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