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

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.

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2014 Mazda3 now included in Mazda Driving School Program

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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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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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.

Read the entire article Mazda to unveil Mazda3 CNG Concept at 2013 Tokyo Motor Show

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

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. 

Read the entire article 2014 Mazda3 showcased at 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show [Live Photos]

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

The United States Environmental Agency has given a fuel economy rating of 29 mpg city/41 highway to the redesigned 2014 Mazda3, the Japanese carmaker disclosed. The rating pertains to the 2014 Mazda3 sedan powered by 155-hp 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine mated to a manual transmission. Once the engine is mated to an automatic gearbox, the Mazda3's city rating will increase by 1 mpg, while highway fuel economy remains unchanged.

According to the EPA's fuel economy comparison Web site, fueleconomy.gov, the Mazda3's EPA rating exceeds the entry-level offerings of compact segment leaders like the Chevrolet Cruze, Ford Focus, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Kia Forte and Toyota Corolla.

Mazda3’s fuel economy ratings are expected to boost its sales in the US. The current Mazda3 posted a 12-percent drop in sales in the US in the first half of 2013 to 52,701 units, in contrast to the growth logged by the entire compact-car segment at 8 percent to over 1.1 million vehicles.

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Raring to prove that its new Mazda3 is reliable and is of high quality, the Japanese carmaker is placing eight examples under an unconventional and extreme test drive from Hiroshima, Japan to Frankfurt, Germany. The gruelling test drive dubbed as the ‘Mazda Route3 – Hiroshima to Frankfurt Challenger Tour 2013’ will see eight Mazda3 compact hatchbacks travelling over 9,300 miles from the carmaker’s Hiroshima site to attend the 2013 International Motor Show in Frankfurt.

The Mazda3 hatchback test cars will be powered by a 120ps SKYACTIV-G petrol engine mated to a six-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission.

The vehicles will be manned by journalists, bloggers and Mazda dealers and will cross nine time zones, five countries and two continents. The endurance test will provide ample opportunity for the drivers to become well acquainted with the all-new Mazda3 under a number of driving conditions.  From Hiroshima, the Mazda Route3 convoy will cross the Sea of Japan in ferry to Vladivostok, Russia.

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Mazda has unveiled a saloon version of its upcoming Mazda3 hatchback. The all-new Mazda3 Fastback will be available later this year with powerplant choices of three naturally aspirated petrol engines and turbocharged diesel engine, all of which come with a start-stop system as standard. The brand-new entry-level engine 1.5-litre petrol provides up to 99bhp and returns an average of 56.4mpg when mated to a six-speed manual gearbox.

It also emits 118g/km of carbon dioxide, paving way for relatively low road tax. The 118-bhp 2.0-liter engine returns an average of 55.3mpg and emits 119g/km of carbon dioxide when paired with a manual transmission. The 162-bhp 2.0-liter engine returns an average of 48.7mpg and emits 135g/km of carbon dioxide.

The 2.2-litre diesel, meanwhile, provides up to 148bhp, returns 72.4mpg and emits 104g/km of carbon dioxide. Buyers could pair the engines with an automatic transmission, but this will result in a reduction in fuel economy and a hike in emissions. For instance, a Mazda3 Fastback automatic diesel averages 58.8mpg and emits 127g/km of carbon dioxide.

Read the entire article 2014 Mazda3 Fastback/Sedan unveiled

Mazda Motor Corp. claims that its 2014 Mazda3 would have best fuel economy in the compact segment when it rolls out the vehicle in the United States in September 2013. The 2014 Mazda3 will be rolled out in the US powered by a 155-hp 2.0-liter or an optional 184-hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine from Mazda's Skyactiv powerplant family.

Tim Barnes, Mazda's director of product planning for the U.S. market, did not say the Mazda3's estimated EPA rating but remarked that the vehicle would have "best in class" fuel economy compared with rival models that include the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla, Hyundai Elantra and Ford Focus.

This means that the 2014 Mazda3 would have an EPA highway fuel economy rating in the low- to mid-40 mpg range. Mazda's 2.2-liter Skyactiv diesel engine eventually may power the Mazda3 lineup, according to Jim O'Sullivan, chief executive of Mazda North American Operations.

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Mazda has finally unveiled the 2014 Mazda3, its well-known hatchback that now incorporates the ‘Kodo – Soul of Motion’ design language seen on the Mazda6 and on the Mazda CX-5. Set to take on the Volkswagen Golf, the new Mazda3 is 4465 mm long, 1795 mm wide and 1450 mm high, making it 5 mm longer, 40 mm wider and 20 mm taller than the current model.

Moreover, the vehicle rides on a 2700 mm wheelbase, which is 60 mm longer than the one found on the outgoing version. As a result, the boot’s capacity was also improved at 350 litres, from 340 litres offered by the outgoing model. According to the official press release, the 2014 Mazda3 will be initially offered with a choice of three high-compression SkyActiv petrol variants and one diesel engine.

A new 1.5-liter petrol engine is available, delivering 99 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 111 hp @ 4,000. Bolted to a six-speed manual gearbox, the 2014 Mazda3 accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 10.8 seconds and has a top speed of 113 mph or almost 182 km/h. A 2.0-liter petrol engine will also be available in two versions, one delivering 118 hp and 155 lb ft of torque and the other one delivering 162 hp.

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Mazda is planning to roll out its redesigned Mazda3 compact car in dealerships across the U.S. this fall, in a bid to top sales of 300,000 vehicles in the country, three dealers for the carmaker told Automotive News. According to the dealers, the Japanese carmaker disclosed to them that it plans to release the third generation Mazda3 this fall.

Automotive News had reported that Mazda will roll out the compact car later in 2013 or in early 2014. The fall rollout of the Mazda3 will complete a revamp of the carmaker’s entries in the three largest vehicle segments in less than two years. The Japanese carmaker rolled out its new CX-5 compact crossover last spring and its 2014 Mazda6 mid-sized sedan last month.

Mazda considers the new vehicles as well as a larger marketing presence, as vital to achieving its goals of selling over 300,000 units in the US in 2013 and of posting a sales growth that exceeds the industry's overall rate. The Mazda3 has been the carmaker’s best-seller since its debut in 2003 to replace the Protege.

Read the entire article Mazda to roll out the 2014 Mazda3 in the US this fall, say dealers

Mazda has presented a new trim grade – the sportier ‘Venture Edition’ specification for its Mazda 3 and seven-seat Mazda 5 models. This is built on Mazda’s current TS2 specification and comes with added side skirts, a rear spoiler, tinted windows, front fog lights and a ‘sports’ grille. It also has gun metal alloys, which are 17 inches in diameter on the 3 and 16 inches on 5 models.

Venture Edition cars’ interior gets sat-nav, Bluetooth, air conditioning and cruise control. Mazda 3 versions will also feature heated sports seats, while the 5 gets a Piano Black centre console. The two engine versions are available with the Mazda 3 Venture Edition. These are the 104bhp 1.6-litre petrol, which starts from £17,495; and the 114bhp 1.6-litre diesel unit, which has a starting price of £18,995.

The engines that are available under the Mazda 5 Venture Edition line-up are the 148bhp 2.0-litre petrol unit, which has a starting price of £19,995; and 114bhp 1.6-litre oil burner, which costs at least £21,290. The Mazda 3 with the Venture Edition spec costs £500 higher than the standard TS2 models while the Mazda 5 with this trim costs £630 more.

Read the entire article Mazda3 and Mazda5 Venture editions make their debut in the UK

The updated Mazda 3 is now available for an on-the-road price of £13,495. The new Mazda 3 carries a new look and now sports a more muscular visual appeal with a new rear bumper and new twist-spoke alloy wheels.  The Mazda 3’s ease-of-use was also improved and the cabin has become quieter. Mazda also refined the car’s aerodynamics, cutting the coefficient of drag to 0.29.

This improved drag allows the Mazda 3 to run smoothly on high speeds, thus raising the fuel economy across the range.  Mazda also made sure that Mazda 3 drivers experience improved handling for a more consistent and linear driving feel.  Mazda also updated the interior of the five-door hatchback, using new materials and colors and installing new equipment.

Made exclusively in Japan, the upgraded Mazda3 features innovations which improve its stylish look and at the same time retains its level of functionality.

Read the entire article Mazda now selling updated Mazda3 at £13,495 OTR

The Mazda6’s fuel economy will be much better with the use of the Skyactiv technology for both its engines and transmissions, according to the North American division of Mazda. In the U.S., the refreshed Mazda3 is offered as a four-door sedan and a five-door hatch. It has a base price of $15,200 (excluding the $795 destination charge).

Paying this amount will get you a 2012 Mazda3 i SV sedan with a 148 hp MZR 2.0-liter engine and a manual gearbox. For $15,200, you would get a higher-trim i Sport sedan that is offered with a five-speed automatic transmission as an option.

The Mazda3 i Touring or Grand Touring models feature the new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which delivers 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque.

Read the entire article 2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv priced from $18,450
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