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2014 Mazda 3 gets power steering

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Engineers behind the new 2014 3 have tuned the steering of the third-generation 3 to the point that it the best parts of a manual system for better response and

The company’s head of vehicle David Coleman, told the media at the car’s launch in that the inclusion of an electric steering system in the new Mazda 3 was a opportunity but one which the company had plenty of risks.


“With electric power there’s really an opportunity to this thing feel good, there’s also a of making it feel really Coleman said, pointing out some competitors in the segment had into the second category.

admitted that for the previous Mazda 3 the company benchmarked but that this time it looked more inside its own of cars, particularly at the MX-5. The car was the ideal goal for enthusiasts was set as an with manual steering, which point the steering could work backwards a good compromise.

“When I am tuning electric I must have this [of manual steering in the MX-5] in my

For the previous Mazda 3, which use of hydraulic steering, there was of initial weight around that allowed for good but that weight build up be maintained around corners, as it get far too heavy.

This time the engineers focused on providing the linear build up of steering as found in a manual steering to improve feel and response. The was carried out by Mazda’s American around the winding roads of California, where – despite belief – it’s filled corners and twisty roads.

However the steering tune limited just to the software and it went far deeper, to a mechanical

“We couldn’t have thrown the effort rate at the old system, [as we] a very stable suspension

The new Mazda 3’s rear suspension has set up to provide a natural toe-in a form of passive rear which helps stabilise the car at speed. But the big change has been to the angle for the front suspension.

The caster angle is the steering lean-back, which is the angle of the pushing back against the Previously this has been set at degrees, which is typical of a drive car; but the new Mazda 3 has it set at 6.5 the same as the Mazda RX-8 and

“We intentionally built this to put force into the steering, so we had to fight against with assist. Power assist make the steering heavier it can make it lighter. So to make it mechanically and then making it with power assist we able to have the force to generate steering feel.”

Our drive of the new Mazda 3 confirmed it has class-leading steering feedback and However, it remains to be seen how the tune will handle roads.

The 2014 Mazda 3 in Australian in late January In the interim read: Mazda 3 .

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