Mazda’s new-generation lineup got its start with the launch of Mazda CX-5 in 2012.
The new Mazda3, sold in Japan as Axela, features G-Vectoring Control (GVC), the first in a series of new SKYACTIV-VEHICLE DYNAMICS technologies that provide integrated control of the engine, transmission, chassis and body to enhance the car’s Jinba Ittai feel, and a range of other design and equipment updates.
G-Vectoring Control (GVC) is based on the idea of using the engine to enhance chassis performance. It is the world’s first control system to vary engine torque in response to steering inputs in order to provide integrated control of lateral and longitudinal acceleration forces and optimide the vertical load on each wheel for smooth and efficient vehicle motion.
Optimising the load on each tyre brings the movements of the car more in line with the driver’s intentions, reducing the need for steering corrections, including many that are made unconsciously. The outstanding traction the system provides inspires confidence and makes driving more fun. Changes in the acceleration forces acting upon vehicle occupants are smoother, reducing torso sway and making for a more comfortable ride. In addition, GVC significantly improves handling and stability on wet, snowy and unpaved roads.
GVC is said to benefit drivers of all skill levels in a wide range of situations: from low-speed urban commutes to highway driving, winding roads, and even emergency maneuvers. In addition, it is a highly versatile system adaptable to vehicles of any class and drive type. The only requirements are a SKYACTIV engine, which allows precise control over torque output, and a SKYACTIV chassis, which enables superior dynamic performance.
“Mazda is striving to become an irreplaceable presence in the lives of our customers, to create a special bond with them and to be a ‘one-and-only’ brand they will choose again and again,” said Masamichi Kogai, Mazda’s president and CEO.
“In order to do that, we will continue updating our models with next-generation technologies based on our human-centred development philosophy, without concern for the timing of redesigns.”