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The 2017 Mazda3 set for extra safety tech

By Damion Smy, 10 Jun 2016 Car News

Mazda3 technology

Mazda is reportedly set to introduce a new system designed for smoother cornering and a more comfortable ride, bringing the benefits of improved fuel efficiency and reduced fatigue.

The technology, called G-Vectoring Control (GVC) has not been confirmed by Mazda, however will reportedly be offered on its volume-selling Mazda3 and Mazda6 ranges before proliferating across the brand’s line-up. It could be in cars in Australian showrooms by 2017.

Part of the company's SkyActiv approach, which focuses on overall efficiency and dynamics, it works by limiting the amount of drive to each wheel for a more balanced distribution of torque. It monitors steering, accelerator and braking inputs for a smoother corner execution, which reportedly results in enhanced fuel economy while reducing fatigue, as it reduces driver input.

GVC is designed to work in conjunction with Mazda’s existing SkyActiv systems, such as its ‘i-eloop’ regenerative braking, as the company continues to pursue its goal of optimising it petrol and diesel engines before it introduces electric and hybrid models to its line-up.

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In the meantime, it will continue to optimise its line-up, which currently does not include a single hybrid or electric vehicle, with SkyActiv technology. The all-new 2016 Mazda CX-9 SUVs arrival means that the entire line-up of Mazda vehicles currently in Mazda showrooms are ‘SkyActiv’ models. The seven-seat CX-9 brings with it an all-new turbocharged engine.

While GVC is claimed to improve fuel economy, its fatigue reduction means that it’ll improve safety levels on the 3 and 6, both vehicles that have been awarded five-star crash ratings from ANCAP (Australasian New Car Assessment Program).

Earlier this week, the Mazda MX-5 that won the 2016 Wheels Car of the Year was also awarded a five-star ANCAP rating.