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2014 Mazda3 caught in pricing war between Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic

When Mazda started selling the 2014 Mazda3 last fall, the compact received awards as the driving enthusiast's choice in the segment. It sales, however, has been dropping every month since August 2013. In fact, the Mazda3 posted a 27-percent dive in sales in the first two months of 2014.

Since the Mazda3 is being sold using Mazda’s near-premium pricing strategy, it has fallen prey to the ongoing price war between its two main rivals -- Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic. While Mazda has been limiting incentives to maximize transaction prices and profits, Toyota and Honda are shoring up theirs.

According to Dennis Bulgarelli, director of the automotive practice at Millward Brown Digital, the Mazda3 has ended up as collateral damage in the Corolla-Civic battle. The 2014 Mazda3 went on sale around the same time as the 2014 Corolla.

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Toyota unveils PHEV versions of Corolla and Levin to be sold only in China

China is considered as the largest auto market in the world, and Japanese carmaker Toyota Motor Corporation isn't letting go of title. Aside from its conventionally powered products, Toyota is accelerating its China-based vehicle electrification efforts by launching 10 new electrified vehicles in the country by the end of the decade.

Leading the charge for Toyota are the plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV) versions of the Corolla and Levin passenger cars in 2019. To show its commitment, Toyota unveiled the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV at the 2018 Beijing Auto Show. According to the carmaker, both the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV expected to achieve an electric driving range of 50 km or farther. Production of these two new PHEV models is seen to commence in China in 2019.

Toyota launched the conventional hybrid variants of the Corolla and Levin in 2017, with production done domestically. The carmaker – through its local partners – intends to do same with the Corolla PHEV and the Levin PHEV, as it aims to achieve locally based vehicle electrification.

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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback will make its debut with a new look

The Toyota Corolla iM, once offered in the United States under the name Scion iM, is a compact five door model that the Japanese automaker decided to give a new name for the next generation - the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. This model essentially is a North American version of the Euro-spec Auris that made an appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.

When being compared to the model it replaces, the car has been elongated by 1.5 inches, now being 172 inches long. The wheelbase, on the other hand, measures 103.9 inches long and and is now 70.5 inches wider (1.2 inches wider), it has also been lowered by an inch, now being 56.6 inches from top to bottom.

Similar to the Auris, and most of Toyota’s new models, the Corolla Hatchback will soon be be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, that comes along with a quieter cabin, thanks to the extra seals in the body panel gaps and the sound proof materials.

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2018 Mazda3 with sparkless ignition engine technology will make its debut in Frankfurt

Every year, Mazda gives their cars upgrades in small increments, and customers definitely appreciate the changes that the Mazda3 has gotten. This year, according to Motoring, the company is stepping up its game in terms of combustion engine efficiency with the new powerplant they are releasing - with homogenous charge compression ignition (HCCI). This will be launched in August at a technology conference that will take place in Frankfurt.

HCCI is a gas-powered engine that works like a diesel mill. It compresses the mixture of air and fuel in the cylinder until combustion. Apparently, the Mazda engine (a Skyactiv II engine) will use spark plugs at lower speeds, but when the car goes faster, the powerplant will switch to HCCI.

The company further added that the Skyactiv II engine is going to be more efficient by 30 percent compared to current gasoline-fueled engines. This means that the new Mazda 3 could have a fuel economy of 42 miles per gallon compared to the current 32 mpg combined.

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When Toyota first revealed that it will be showcasing a total of 30 vehicles for the 2016 Specialty Equipment Market Association, enthusiasts could hardly contain their excitement. However what is even more thrilling is that six of these have been modified to show just how extreme Toyota’s models can go.

According to the Japanese automaker, each of these six models either honors the brand’s heritage, looks at the current state, or projects what the future will be. There are also models that appear to be a combination of these three. Since the brand will be having what can be considered as the largest exhibit in the history of the SEMA Show, it is not surprising that Toyota went on this path. Below are the six models that Toyota took a chance on and gave a number of improvements.

The first is the Swagger Wagon, which is actually the Sienna in blue. Some would call this as the height of luxury when it comes to transportation, with the best description of the Swagger Wagon being that it is similar to a flying jet. While this minivan is now wider and lower, the brand put a number of enhancements composed of carbon fiber as well as those inspired by racing. However, the interior is what makes it stand out given its use of custom-leather, capacity for wi-fi connectivity, and the inclusion of a high-end theater system. With all these on the inside, customers are likely not to concern themselves with how the exterior actually looks.

Read the entire article Toyota reveals 6 extreme vehicles at 2016 SEMA Show [Live Photos]

Fifty years ago in November 1966, Toyota rolled out and started selling the first Corolla in Japan. Two years after in 1968, Toyota commenced sales of the Corolla in the United States. Ever since that fateful year, Toyota has sold over 43 million Corolla cars around the world.

With that figure under its name, the Toyota Corolla has fully cemented its status as the number one car in terms of worldwide sales throughout history. During the 50-year period, the Corolla has been touching lives. For instance, actress Gina Rodriguez drove her Corolla from New York to Hollywood to pursue her acting dreams.

Actress Hannah Simone, meanwhile, had her driving skills learned and honed using her father’s Toyota Corolla. In celebration of this half-a-century milestone and as a tribute to the car that played a vital role in the life of millions of drivers and customers, Toyota has launched the Corolla 50th Anniversary campaign. This campaign is a year-long drive that aims to show how the Corolla was behind more milestones, memories and moments than any car in the world.

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If you didn’t notice already, you should take a look at Mazda’s latest offering, the Mazda2, Mazda3, CX-5 and Mazda6. As you can see, the vehicles produced by the Japanese car manufacturer are getting better and better, while the new ‘Kodo’ design language continues to impress.

According to the latest reports, Mazda is not working on the next-generation Mazda3, which will arrive as a 2017 model year and will be launched with a new design in the second half of 2017.

What’s more interesting is that with the new model, the Mazdaspeed3 high-performance version will return to the lineup. Power will come from a 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine that will generate more than 300 hp.

Read the entire article Mazdaspeed3 will return to the lineup in 2016, may receive AWD system

The Mazda Driving School Program will now include the all new all-new 2014 Mazda3. It will join the popular Mazda2 and all-new Mazda3 in the program that is targeted towards qualified driving instructors across the United Kingdom who either are self-employed or are working for small driving schools.

Driving instructors can avail of the Mazda2 and the Mazda3 as complemented by new incentives like a cash saving of £1,350 on the all-new Mazda3 and £650 on the Mazda2 as well as low rate vehicle finance at 5.9% APR on both models.

Under the program, both models would be supplied and fitted with approved He-Man dual controls at no cost. Mazda launched the Mazda3 in January and has since posted strong sales figures thanks to its good looks, performance, and fuel efficiency benefits. Mazda sees more sales for the Mazda3 following its inclusion in the driving school program.

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Mazda will increase its marketing budget for the United States in the next fiscal year beginning April 2014 to back the launch of the redesigned Mazda3, which it expects to spearhead its goal of achieving 400,000 sales in the country in 2016. According to Russell Wager, vice president of marketing at Mazda North America Operations, the mass-market stage of the Mazda3's advertising launch commences in January 2014 and will continue until June.

Wager said that funds were added to next year’s budget partly to ensure that Mazda3 will attract enough attention in the already crowded compact car segment to drive the brand's sales targets.

Mazda, likewise, spent a lot in the past year for advertising. The Japanese carmaker rolled out the redesigned Mazda6 in the summer and also placed ads for other models like the 2013 Mazda3 and the CX-5 compact crossover. Wager remarked that for Mazda to grow, they need to invest more in marketing.

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Mazda will display the recently unveiled Mazda3 with a variety of engine types at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show that is set to open on November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight. The latest Mazda3 is being touted as a ‘multi-solution’ as the fuel types increase in numbers. The carmaker will unveil in Tokyo the Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept, which is powered by compressed natural gas.

A CNG version is the latest addition to Mazda3’s already diverse offerings -- SKYACTIV gasoline and diesel-engine models and a hybrid variant.

Mazda’s exhibit at the 43rd Tokyo Motor Show also highlights its most recent technologies while hinting at the direction of future models. The Mazda3 is regarded as the core of the carmaker’s line-up as it accounts for over 30 percent of the company’s global sales volume. Mazda3 is also the third of Mazda’s new generation vehicles to be completely redesigned.

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The next Toyota Corolla will receive improvements so that it can do well during the tests conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, particularly in the challenging small overlap front crash test. Toyota Corolla doesn’t exactly have the best safety record. Many of its models, including the 2014 Toyota Corolla, were given “Marginal” or “Poor” ratings by the IIHS.

Toyota is reportedly attempting to improve its scores on the safety tests by reworking the RAV4, Camry, and Prius V. According to a report from Automotive.com, the Toyota Corolla is due for a safety update too. Toyota executive vice president Mitsuhisa Kato said that the automaker is already working on improving the Corolla.

It’s likely that the 2014 Toyota Corolla will get structural reinforcements so that it can get a high score on the small overlap test, which crashes the vehicle moving 40 mph into a barrier that covers just 25% of front surface of the car.

Read the entire article Toyota Corolla will be updated to improve its IIHS crash test rating

Mazda Motor Corp. has set its highest ever target for the Mazda3 compact car of 500,000 units worldwide, according to CEO Masamichi Kogai. The Mazda3, the automaker’s best-selling model, is also known as Axela in Japan. Last year, it made up about 30% of Mazda's global sales of 1.25 million vehicles.

Of this figure, approximately 40% of the Mazda3 vehicles were sold in North America (the biggest market of the company). At a news conference, Managing Executive Officer Masahiro Moro introduced the Mazda3 for the domestic market and told reporters that the company has to meet this target as it attempts to reach sales of 1.7 million vehicles set in its mid-term plan.

The Mazda3 rivals popular vehicles in the C segment like Volkswagen AG's Golf and Ford Motor Co.'s Focus. Mazda has made a full introduction of its fuel-efficient, profitable Skyactiv technology in the redesigned Mazda3. The vehicle started selling last September in the U.S. and it’s set to be available in Europe this month. It will go on sale this November in Japan.

Read the entire article Mazda has a new target: aims to sell 500,000 Mazda3 a year

The redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla failed to score good ratings on the small overlap crash test conducted by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The overhauled compact Corolla received a "marginal" score on the small overlap test, which simulates a 40 mph crash in which the driver-side corner of a vehicle hits an object like a utility pole or tree.

IIHS introduced the new test partly because around 25 percent of highway deaths caused by head-on collisions result from small overlap crashes. The 2014 Corolla’s marginal score in the small overlap test rendered it unqualified to receive any IIHS honors in 2014, when an "acceptable" or "good" score on the small overlap test is a prerequisite for either Top Safety Pick or Top Safety Pick+ honors. The 2014 Corolla’s failure to get a good score is also a blow for Toyota, which has been struggling with the test since it was launched in 2012.

Three Toyota vehicles -- the Toyota Camry sedan, the Prius V hybrid and RAV4 crossover – all received "poor" ratings on the small overlap test for 2013.

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By 2014, Toyota Motor Corp. wants to already have started exporting the compact Corolla sedan from the U.S. to 18 countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. Toyota said that the production of the Corolla models will be exported starting in April 2014 at a factory in Tupelo, Miss.

In the first year of sales, Toyota expects to export over 7,500 Corolla sedans from the U.S. to Latin America and the Caribbean.

The Toyota Corolla is also built in Canada. According to a Toyota spokesman, plants in Japan, Brazil and Venezuela will continue to be the supplier of Corolla models offered in Latin America and the Caribbean. The Corolla, which is Toyota's best-selling model around the world, was redesigned for the 2014 model year.

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Mazda is launching the MZD Connect, its new connectivity system, on the all-new Mazda3 that will go on sale in January 2014 in the UK. Mazda’s new-generation compact is one of the first in its segment to come with a full package of online services to go with the completely redeveloped human-machine interface (HMI) in the cabin.

MZD Connect, when working alongside the user’s smartphone, expands the brand’s current range of navigation and SMS features (such as readout and voice recognition) with a totally new level of convenience with regards to getting connected. Passengers of the Mazda3 can take advantage of a problem-free real-time access to infotainment services from Aha through the 7-inch display positioned above the centre stack.

Aha is a cloud-based platform that’s developed to be used for the car. Aha provides over 40,000 options of content like internet radio, news, podcasts and audio books as well as Facebook and Twitter feeds and various location-based services. To be able to connect in the car through Bluetooth or USB, all that users require is to have the free Aha app for their smartphones.

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The new-generation Mazda3 that features SKYACTIV technologies will be available in the United Kingdom starting in January 2014. Mazda unveiled the new Mazda3 for the European public at the ongoing Frankfurt Motor Show. The all-new Mazda3 – available in either hatchback or fastback -- will have a starting price of £16,695 (on-the-road) for the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-G petrol 100ps SE hatchback and a ceiling tag of £23,345 for the diesel 2.2-liter 150ps Sport Nav Auto hatchback.

Diesel variants of the Mazda3 will have a starting price of £19,245 for the 2.2-liter 150ps SKYACTIV-D SE (both body styles). The 36-strong all-new Mazda3 range includes 21 hatchbacks (with eight diesel models) and 15 fastbacks, (with five diesel models).  Customers could opt for any of the five equipment levels -- SE, SE Nav, SE-L, SE-L Nav and Sport Nav. Prices for SE models start at £16,695; SE-L versions at £18,495; and Sport Nav variants at £19,895.

Peter Allibon, Sales Director, Mazda UK remarked that while the all-new Mazda3 merges the SKYACTIV technology and the ‘KODO – Soul of Motion’ design theme, it also raises their “traditionally generous equipment levels” to a new high, outperforming several established C-segment offerings in terms of “innovation, specification and price.” The all-new Mazda3 will feature Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) that helps to reduce or prevent low-speed collisions by automatically applying the brakes if the driver fails to act.

Read the entire article 2014 Mazda3 has starting price of £16,695 on-the-road in the UK

The all-new Mazda3 took the center stage at Mazda’s stand at the 2013 Frankfurt International Motor Show this month. The Mazda3 has already received acclamations from motoring media and is currently proving its road durability and toughness on the 9,300-mile ‘Mazda Route3 Hiroshima-Frankfurt Challenger Tour 2013’ endurance drive from Japan to Germany.

The all-new Mazda3 features standard equipment that includes a brand new connectivity concept that makes the car one of the first models in Europe to take its occupants online.  The connectivity system builds on existing email, text and navigation features to bring a collection of free mobile online content into the vehicle like Facebook, Twitter, Aha. The system also comes with tens of thousands of cloud-based stations.

The all-new Mazda3 features the carmaker's widely acclaimed SKYACTIV technology and boasts of carrying the brand’s award-winning KODO design language. 

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If you’re searching the market for a new compact car, be prepared to pay from slightly less than $20,000 to over $30,000 for the 2014 Mazda 3 models. There’s a $10,000 gap between the entry-level i Sport model and the Grand Touring that’s filled up with the most attractive of equipment. The Mazda 3 i Sport five-door, the most basic version, costs $19,740.

It comes with the 2.0-liter Skyactiv I-4 and a six-speed manual transmission. The entry-level model is already quite impressive with a push-button start, Bluetooth hands-free calling and audio streaming, power windows and two-stage power remote door locks, and air conditioning.

The new 3 hatch with all the options costs more than $30,000. Specifically, an s Grand Touring with all the options is priced at $30,590 (including the destination charge of $795). This comes with metallic paint, technology package, interior lighting package and remote start. You can build your own Mazda3 here.

Read the entire article 2014 Mazda3 online configurator now available

By cutting customer lease payments on the redesigned 2014 Toyota Corolla, the automaker hopes for its market share in the compact segment to recover. Toyota accomplishes this by placing residual values significantly higher than before, says dealers and lease trackers. Toyota and its finance captive are expecting lease-end values to be a lot higher than those of rival cars that have gotten stronger residuals than the Corolla.

Toyota is able to decrease the monthly payments by increasing the residual forecast and lowering the principal carried on the lease. This is considered to be a major factor as Toyota aims to be at the top once again in the very price-sensitive compact sedan segment. Before Honda Civic took the No. 1 spot in 2012, the Corolla held the top position for nine straight years.

Critics didn’t like the 2012 Civic but sales grew because Honda boosted the incentives. The incentives offered for the Civic this year are nearly zero. Nevertheless, the Civic (191,120 units) still sold more than the Corolla (183,435 units) for this year through July.

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Toyota is launching the redesigned 2014 Corolla in a media campaign that involves musical memories associated with various vintage Corollas. Toyota didn’t divulge what the campaign costs but it should be high, considering that launching the redesigned Camry two years ago cost over $175 million. The ads we’ve seen since early September appear to have been inspired by "The Ed Sullivan Show," a grunge nightclub, "Soul Train," a curbside breakdance contest, and a modern dubstep flash-mob street scene.

Toyota is showing how the Corolla of each era has been a part of musical evolution and how it affects all demographics. The ads -- part of the campaign known as "Elevate Your Style" – have scenes that are in supersaturated color, in contrasting black-and-white, or darkened blur depending on the time being portrayed. It’s unclear what the settings are but making the ads truly pop out is its music. For the ad, Toyota got the rights to songs such as Le Freak by Chic and Rusty Cage by Soundgarden.

Toyota didn’t just focus its campaign on TV. Social media play a big role with Vine and Instagram as shared-content channels while Online, Yahoo!, MSN, YouTube and Hulu will show the sponsored content.  In addition, Toyota made an app that allows those with iPads to get a 360-degree view of the car's interior and exterior. Shoppers are also able to put in their personal notes.

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