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Mazda claims an AEB ‘safety revolution’

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Mazda Australia claims to have completed its “standard safety revolution” after adding autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard to its CX-3 small crossover last week.

The company has progressively made its Smart City Brake Support – Forward (SCBS-F) system standard on its core passenger and SUV range, putting it at the pointy end of the market.

As of now, the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 6, CX-3, CX-5 and CX-9 all have AEB standard.

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Most variants therein also have AEB in reverse as well (SCBS-R), and a large proportion of its volume-selling variants also offer blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alert.

SCBS operates between 4-30km/h on Mazda 2, Mazda CX-3 and Mazda CX-9, and between 4-80km/h on Mazda 3, Mazda 6 and CX-5.

“It is obvious that safety technology is important to new car buyers, so we made the decision to respond to this and offer Smart City Brake Support – and other i-ACTIVSENSE safety technologies – as standard equipment,” said Mazda Australia marketing director Alastair Doak.

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“Beginning with the passenger and SUV flagships, the Mazda6 and the Mazda CX-9, we have been committed to including these technologies as standard on their smaller siblings.

“Now available on New Mazda2 and New Mazda CX-3, these vehicles are now the class leaders in their respective sales segments.

“The feedback we’ve had from buyers has been very positive, so it was definitely the right move.”

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However, there are some snags. For one, the MX-5 roadster doesn’t offer AEB, though Mazda claims its whole passenger car range offers it. Nor does the BT-50, but that’s not unusual for the ute market.

Secondly, while the addition of AEB across the vast majority of its cars is indeed highly laudable, Mazda is behind the eight-ball in offering an arguably even more important safety feature – rear-view cameras.

The base Mazda 2 Neo, Mazda 3 Neo and CX-3 Neo do not offer reversing cameras as standard, though you can retrofit one that displays in the rear-view mirror for extra cost ($790 on the CX-3, for instance).

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