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2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv priced from $18,450

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.

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2018 LA Auto Show: Next-generation of Mazda3 sedan and hatchback unveiled

Mazda has finally unveiled the latest generation of the Mazda3 at the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show. According to Mazda, the all-new Mazda plays an important role in raising the driving pleasure to distinctive to the brand to whole new levels. With a capacity to accommodate up to five persons, the 2019 Mazda3 will be available either as a sedan or a hatchback.

The exterior design of the sedan and the hatchback versions of the Mazda3 are based on different design concept. With dimensions measuring 4,459 mm in length, 1,797 mm in width and 1,440 mm in height, the hatchback is based on a design concept focused on creating a solid mass with a lasting visual appeal. This allows the Mazda3 hatchback to convey a powerful yet solid presence. The hatchback is available with a new exclusive color -- Polymetal Gray.

On the other hand, the Mazda3 sedan measures 4,662 mm in length, 1,797 mm in width and 1,445 mm in height. Its design concept focused on being sleek and elegant. While it still conforms to the traditional sedan styling, the Mazda3 sedan offers a clean, sleek and sophisticated beauty that exudes both maturity and refinement. Both the hatchback and sedan versions of the new Mazda3 have a wheelbase of 2,725 mm.

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Mazda asserts Skyactiv 3 or Skyactiv-X will be cleaner or at least at par with an EV

We have all heard of Mazda’s new Skyactiv-X engine technology, even if it has not gone on sale yet. And despite that, the Japanese automaker has already begun a new major internal combustion project, which they are calling the Skyactiv 3. What they plan for this is to boost the powerplant’s thermal efficient to around 56 percent, and this will deliver a well to wheel emissions on par with an EV, says Automotive News.

This claim by Mazda was made based on the carbon dioxide emissions from producing electricity for charging an electric vehicle versus pumping oil out of the ground to turn this into gasoline.

However, the main issue with this calculation is that there are a number of ways to produce electricity, and each way produces a different amount of carbon dioxide. For instance, it will definitely be cleaner to get power from renewable resources rather than getting power from a region with a coal-fired powerplant.

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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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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

After yesterday’s leaked photos, Mazda officially introduced today the 2015 Mazda2 also known as Demio in Japan. Set to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the all-new Mazda2/Demio features the full range of ultra-efficient Skyactiv Technology.

According to Mazda, Europe will get a new small displacement clean diesel engine, the Skyactiv-D 1.5 but also different power versions of the Skyactiv-G 1.5 petrol engine. The Skyactiv-D diesel engine delivers 105 hp (77 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

The petrol engine is not new as Mazda is already using it in the 2014 Mazda3.

Read the entire article 2015 Mazda2/Demio officially unveiled with new Skyactiv-D diesel engine

The all-new Mazda2 will feature the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, Mazda’s new 1.5-liter clean diesel engine, when the next-generation model is initially launched in Japan. The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March alongside the Mazda Hazumi concept, which became the basis for the Mazda2.

The new engine – which shares with its the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel fitted in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 – was developed with an aim of achieving ideal combustion even in a very low compression ratio.

The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 features expanded homogenous lean burn range, less mechanical resistance, and new insulation technology that offset the increased cooling loss typical in a smaller engine.

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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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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 Motor Corp. will be using Mazda’s Skyactiv engine for its new subcompact that is derived from the Mazda2. Toyota will be sourcing the Skyactiv engine from Mazda’s new Salamanca site in Mexico. According to Keishi Egawa, chief executive of Mazda’s operations in Mexico and director of the Salamanca facility, the new subcompact will feature Toyota-designed sheet metal but will be powered by Mazda’s high-compression, fuel-injected Skyactiv gasoline engine. 

“They will make model-specific investment for the Toyota vehicle,” Egawa told Automotive News in an interview at the opening of the site in February. While the stamping and dies, as well as“some of the interior design work,” will be Toyota’s, the Mazda2 derivative will use the Skyactiv engine. The Salamanca site will allocate around 50,000 vehicles for Toyota from its full annual production capacity of 230,000 units.

The site is expected start producing for Toyota between April 1, 2015 and March 31, 2016.  By using Mazda’s Skyactiv engine, Toyota could polish the appeal of its subcompact offerings.

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Mazda’s current line of Skyactiv engines, while just recently launched, is already known for its great fuel economy figures. But the Japanese carmaker is already looking beyond the present, as it is now targeting a new set of gasoline and diesel engines that boasts of better mpg numbers – the Skyactiv 2. This new generation of engines is slated to debut by 2020 and is hoped to achieve 30 percent better fuel economy than the current Skyactiv.

Mitsuo Hitomi, executive officer in charge of powertrain development at Mazda, remarked that Skyactiv 2 will focus on improved internal combustion. "If we want to dramatically improve fuel economy from here, the only route is through lean burning," Hitomi said during a briefing where he provided the first details of the future powertrain strategy.

Hitomi remarked that Mazda needs the technologies to comply with more stringent European carbon dioxide emissions standards, set at 95 grams per kilometer in 2020 and 65 grams per kilometer in 2025. "The next step is the 2020 European regulations," Hitomi said. Skyactiv 2 would represent another big leap in Mazda's powertrain performance, coming less than a decade after Mazda launched its first Skyactiv engines in 2011.

Read the entire article Mazda is already eyeing more fuel efficient Skyactiv 2 engines

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.

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

Of this figure, approximately 40 percent of the Mazda3 vehicles were sold in North America, which is 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 is 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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