Mazda 3

Mazda 3

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Mazda added the Mazda3 to its lineup back in 2003 and now, as the model celebrates its 10th anniversary, the Mazda3 enters its third generation for the 2014 model year. The 2014 Mazda3 made its world today debut simultaneously in New York, London, Istanbul, Melbourne and St. Petersburg.

The first-generation Mazda3 went into production on June 25, 2003 and is sold in more than 120 countries. As no surprise, the Mazda3 is one of the best-sold models in Mazda’s lineup with more than 3.5 million units sold in just a decade.

The second generation was announced back in 2008 in overseas markets, but in the U.S. the second-gen Mazda3 didn’t arrive until 2010. When compared to the first generation it offered an updated exterior look and the addition of SKYACTIV technology that helped reducing fuel consumption.

Now entering its third generational change, the Mazda3 looks to continue fighting the good fight against the likes of the Ford Focus and VW Golf .

Updated 06/26/2013: This review has been updated with the official details, images and specs.

Updated 07/24/2013: Mazda announced prices for the 2014 Mazda3. Click past the jump to see how much you’ll have to pay for the new generation Mazda3.

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Shortly after Mazda unveiled the new generation Mazda3 , the first teaser image surfaced online revealing what appears to be the sedan variant. If this teaser image is indeed real, we should expect to see the official details on the Mazda3 sedan very soon.

The sedan version will look identical to the hatchback version, except, of course, the trunk on the backside. Up front, the sedan version features the same design language, which is inspired by the Mazda6 sedan. It will feature a prominent black grille, more aggressive headlamps and a ready-to-pounce stance. Expect to see the same active grille shutters mounted in front of the radiator that automatically open and close in accordance with driving conditions to improve aerodynamic performance.

Updated 07/04/2013: The first official images of the upcoming Mazda3 sedan surfaced online today, meaning of course that the official debut is getting closer. Stay tuned! (Top Gear Russia)

Updated 07/12/2013: Mazda unveiled the official details on the new generation Mazda3 sedan.

Updated 7/23/2013: Mazda has just released the official pricing details on the 2014 Mazda3 sedan. The sedan starts out at $16,945 and tops out at $26,495. You can see more details after the jump.

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Though the U.S. market has yet to see the diesel variants of the Mazda3 , the European market has enjoyed them for quite some time now. Because Europeans are more accepting of diesel powerplants, Mazda specialist BBR has taken the all 2006 through 2013 Mazda3 diesels — 2.0- or 2.2-liter — to task with a sweet tuning kit.

BBR starts off with its Phase One kit that remaps the ECU with its StarChip tune to more effectively use the fuel, airflow and turbocharger to produce massive output numbers. This kit bumps the 2.2 185 PS diesel engine from its stock 181 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque to 219 horsepower and 378 pound-feet of torque — a 38-horsepower gain and 68-pound-feet gain.

This Phase One kit also works on the 2.2 150 PS diesel engine, bumping it from the stock 151 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque to 192 horsepower and 330 pound-feet of torque.

On top of the Phase One’s power upgrade, it also helps improve highway fuel economy, but BBR offered no specifics on the economy increases. This kit runs £499, including installation. If you choose to install it yourself, you will actually pay £100, as you have to also purchase the EcuTek ProEcu to allow at-home programming and tuning.

The Phase Two kit is only available on the 2.2 185 PS diesel engine and bumps it to 243 horsepower and 392 pound-feet of torque. The torque is actually restricted, as this is the mechanical limitation of the stock clutch. This kit achieves these awesome numbers by way of a bolt-on hybrid turbocharger with updated internals, a high-flow air filter and ECU remapping. This kit runs £1,499 with BBR installation or £1,199 if you install it yourself. The latter price includes the EcuTek ProEcu programming kit too.

Because going fast is no fun without a little handling, BBR also offers up an MPS Performance Spring Set for £485 installed (£185 without installation) to help stiffen the suspension in the corners. Also available are the Koni adjustable dampers to allow you to choose from a softer ride for long tours or a stiffer ride for whipping the Mazda3 through the turns. These dampers run £880 with installation (£580 without installation).

BBR doesn’t offer up a body kit to go along with the mods, so this little rap-tapping diesel remains one sick sleeper.

Click past the jump to read about the UK-spec Mazda3

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Mazda3 Hatchback

Now that Mazda has dropped the redesigned 2014 Mazda6 sedan-> ], it’s no surprise that the same treatment is going to be applied to the Mazda3. All we had until now were rumors, but today our spy photographers managed to catch the next Mazda3 testing somewhere in Germany.

The prototype caught testing is heavily camouflaged, but you should expect a design language similar to what we saw with the new Mazda6. Our spy photographers also managed to catch a photo of the interior, revealing a redesigned dashboard and higher-quality materials. As for the engine lineup, we expect to see some improved versions of the current gasoline and diesel versions.

The new Mazda3 will be unveiled in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show . The first to arrive will be the hatchback version and it will be followed by a sedan a few months later.

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After releasing the new generation Mazda6 onto the market, the company has focused its attention on the development of the next generation Mazda3 . The first details suggest that the model will arrive in Summer 2013 and will be ready for the US market as a 2014 model year.

Today, British magazine AutoExpress is dropping what appears to be the first images of the next generation Mazda3. According to the site, these are digital renderings received from Mazda to confirm what everyone else already knew: the next Mazda3 will feature the company’s latest Kodo design language already unveiled in the design of the new Mazda6.

The next Mazda3 will be offered in the same 4-door sedan and 5-door hatchback configurations as the current generation. It will benefit from Mazda’s fuel-saving SkyActiv tech making it both lighter and more fuel efficient. We also expect to see an MPS version, but we’ll have to wait a little bit longer for confirmation of that.

Source: AutoExpress

Mazda has already announced plans to unveil a new generation Mazda3, but until that new model arrives in 2014 , the British market can take advantage of two very cool editions based on the current Mazda3 MPS. The two new models, Tamura and Venture, are priced from £15,995 (about $25,700 at the current exchange rates) and £17,495 ($28,150 at the current rates), respectively.

The new Tamura Edition will be offered with an impressive list of standard equipment: 17" alloy wheels, Sports styling kit, front fog lights, electric windows, six-speaker audio system, dual zone climate control air-conditioning, front, side and curtain airbags, and a Thatcham Cat 1 alarm.

The Venture Edition will add light gunmetal alloys wheels, a unique rear spoiler, privacy glass, 5.8-inch Sanyo TomTom navigation, Bluetooth hands-free, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control, and heated front sports seats.

Both models are offered with either a 1.6-liter MZR petrol or diesel engine, both delivering improved fuel economy by 1.4%. Co2 emissions are also reduced by 2%.

Mazda Takeri Concept

With the debut of the new Takeri Concept , Mazda has revealed the design language for their future Mazda6 sedan, but that isn’t the only new model the Japanese company has in their future plans. In a recent interview with Automotive News, Robert Davis - Mazda’s Senior Vice President of U.S. operations has announced that the company plans to unveil four redesigned models by 2014.

The first to arrive will be a major update for the CX-5 in the spring of 2012. It will be followed by a redesigned Mazda6 and redesigns of the Mazda3 ,MX-5 Miata , and CX-9 in 2013.

The big news is that these redesigned models will not only receive exterior and interior updates, but new lightweight platforms and new gasoline and diesel powertrains that boost power and fuel economy. By 2016, Mazda also plans to add stop-start, regenerative braking, and hybrid technologies.

The new platform developed for the four new models will be the first one developed solely by Mazda. The company has been using platforms shared with Ford Motor Co. for most of its vehicles, but since Ford sold its stake in Mazda Mazda in 2006, the Japanese company has announced it has no plans to share its new platforms and powertrain technologies for U.S. vehicles with Ford.

Mazda’s little compact car showed up to the 2011 New York Auto Show with a midcycle refresh that not only provides a refined exterior and interior, but also dishes out a new engine that utilizes Mazda’s innovative SKYACTIV fuel-saving and performance-oriented technologies.

The new engine is the first application in North America of the SKYACTIV technology and improves the Mazda3’s fuel economy by 17%, allowing it to go up to an impressive 40 mpg on the highway.

"SKYACTIV is not just an engine; it is the next generation of advanced vehicle performance and efficiency," said Jim O’Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "SKYACTIV embodies Mazda’s philosophy of engineering only vehicles that are fun to drive, satisfying to own and environmentally responsible; and there is no better vehicle to start with than the Mazda3, one of the most exciting sport compact cars on the road."

The 2012 Mazda3 also features improved sporty driving dynamics, responsive handling, and comfortable cabin space.

UPDATE 04/27/2011: Mazda has revealed four videos of the new 2012 Mazda3 - both sedan and hatchback - that shares details of the car’s design elements and shows them off in action! Check it out by clicking on the image above and remember to hit the arrow to see the rest!

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There are numerous Mazdas being shown at the SEMA show in Las Vegas and some have unique body styles and neat paint jobs, but this Mazda does all its talking on the road.

TheMazda3 Turbo Sedan takes the normal sedan look, but adds some serious power to it for some driving excitement. It’s like adding ballistic missiles to a submarine, as normal subs are great, but a missile sub is even better and even more aggressive. While we are perfectly aware that the turbo is by no means a nuclear weapon, it’s still pretty neat.

To create this vehicle, Mazda let its team have a little fun with some parts. The team took its knowledge of the Mazda parts bin and its close relationships with MAZDASPEED Motorsports suppliers, looked in the mirror, and decided to build a fast version of the Mazda3. We should work at Mazda.

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Source: Mazda
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As rumors go, this one is somewhere in the middle. Not quite as crazy as it could be, but not really a sure thing. Mazda U.S VP of product development, Robert Davis, made a comment that a diesel engine could be in the next Mazdaspeed3 . That’s about all the information we have at this time.

We wouldn’t be opposed to this, but it seems odd that Mazda would put a diesel in the performance model and not the economy based standard Mazda3. That being said, if Mazda had boosted the new diesel Sky engine for performance, the new hot hatch could be something special.

There are many issues with this rumor though. We all know that the normal Mazdaspeed3 has issues with torque steer , so imagine how much there would be with a diesel motor. Not to mention a performance tuned Sky diesel will likely have to forgo efficiency for performance.

We would expect to see a diesel in the baseMazda3 way before we see one in the hot 3.

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