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Mazda 3 offers wireless phone charging, not for Australia

Mazda US and UK have started offering a wireless phone charging kit for the Mazda3, but it won't be available in Australia.

Mazda has announced available wireless phone charging in both the UK and US for the new-generation Mazda3. 

Available as an accessory kit through Mazda dealerships, the wireless charger sits in the centre box of the new Mazda3 and allows passengers to charge multiple devices at once. 

Priced from US$275 (AUD $391) in the US and £122 (AUD $230) in the UK, the wireless phone charging system matches the Qi standard of other automotive wireless chargers. 

Taken from Mazda UK's site, the wireless charger sits in the centre armrest box. Taken from Mazda UK's site, the wireless charger sits in the centre armrest box.

Despite being made available in both the UK and US, Mazda Australia has no current plans to add it to the its range - even as an accessory. Local spokesperson Amy O’Brien told CarsGuide that the company “won’t be offering a wireless phone charger for now.”

The Mazda3's main competitors - Toyota Corolla, Ford Focus, Kia Cerato and Hyundai i30 - all offer wireless charging on higher grades.

The Mazda3 won't offer wireless charging for the time being. The Mazda3 won't offer wireless charging for the time being.

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