Jiji PressTOKYO (Jiji Press) — Mazda Motor Corp. said Monday that the Japanese automaker will equip its five popular models with the i-Activsense advanced safety system as a standard feature by March 2018.
The five are the Demio and Axela subcompact cars, the Atenza compact sedan and the CX-3 and CX-5 sport-utility vehicles.
Automakers tend to make their respective cutting-edge safety technologies, such as collision prevention systems, standard equipment only for high-end models, not lower-grade models like these five.
But a Mazda public relations official said the company “aims to meet growing demand from safety-conscious customers ahead of its rivals.”
Given the increasing number of elderly drivers in Japan, other makers may follow suit, an industry watcher said.