Mazda bt 50 review 2016




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    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Sorry, there are no cars that match your search. What we like No-nonsense and strong performing engine Passenger-car style comfort and refinement Best-in-class towing capacity. Mazda BT cars for sale. What better way to increase sales than to upgrade its BT , Mazda's entrant in one of the hottest of all market segments in Australia.

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Mazda BT Reviews | CarsGuide

    Mazda is in serious competition for number two spot in the Australian sales race. While Toyota is in first place by a huge margin, Mazda, Hyundai and Holden are at it hammer and tongs for the second spot on the podium.

    What better way to increase sales than to upgrade its BT , Mazda's entrant in one of the hottest of all market segments in Australia.

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Though this area is apparently that of light commercial pick-up trucks, the big movers aren't the working vehicles - rather dual-cabs with stacks of accessories are the big sellers. We suspect these have by far the biggest profit margins, though obviously no-one is going to give us details on that.

    The brief to the Japanese program manager, Takasuke Kobayashi, for Mazda BT was simple, make it look tougher and more masculine. The latter's a smart move because Aussie mums appreciate the advantages of having a big pick-up with stacks of interior room, and can more than hold its own in the parking battle outside school at pick-up time. Anyhow, Mazda BT - while still having more of a sloping front than is the norm for this class - has been toughened up by having a bigger, bolder grille shape.

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    Interestingly, while this does give the pick-up a harder look the front guards are unchanged in their swooping lines. Similarly, at the rear, the tail-lights still occupy the same area of real estate, but have been given stronger shapes and contrasts in their lenses.

    The Australian market is very important to Mazda , being the largest outside Japan on a population basis, so Kobayashi-san paid us the honour of coming to Melbourne to explain the uprated design. With 21 years' experience in Mazda commercials he was fascinating to listen to. Still regarded purely as a commercial vehicle in Japan, the BT hasn't had a huge number of changes such as are necessary to keep a car fresh. Engines remain as before, a four-cylinder 2.

    The bigger engine isn't there to provide straight-line performance, but give significantly more towing ability - kg versus kg though given the rapidly increasing number of 'sports utes' on the roads we wouldn't be surprised to see them taking on one another in traffic-light drags. Six-speed manual and six-speed automatic transmissions are offered.

    Mazda bt 50 review 2016

    The auto remains as before, but the manual has been modified to give better shift feel. Body types are single-cab, extended-cab Freestyle in Mazda speak and dual-cab. The latter is expected to make up close to two thirds of all sales. Freestyle has small back doors with a rear area that has a pair of sort-of seats with safety belts. Comfort is not their strong point. Active safety sees not only car-type ESC traction control and ABS systems , but also a unit to sense possible rollovers and prevent or mitigate them.

    The anti-rollover is handy in a tall commercial pick-up. Passive safety is provided by twin front and side airbags in all, with curtain bags in the Freestyle and dual-cab. During an extensive road test program organised by Mazda we drove a selection of vehicles, though only with the 3. We were impressed by the off-road ability on a fairly serious trek through the bush and found the 4-Low mode with electronic aids took most of the hard work out of driving.



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