Mazda 3

Mazda 3

Mazda is preparing the renaissance for its Ford Focus competitor: the new Mazda 3 that will go on sale towards the end of 2009.

The future Mazda3 will feature a more distinctive look inspired by the newly launched Mazda 2 and Mazda 6 . It will feature large headlamps, angled tail-lights and a sporty profile. It will be offered in both sedan and hatchback versions.

Under the hood Mazda will place new 2.0 and 2.5-litre engines and a six-speed box giving plenty of pace. In addition, the current 1.6 diesel will also be carried over to the new model, which is due on sale towards the end of 2009.

Source: AutoExpress

Mazda Australia today whipped the covers off its brand new Mazda3 MPS rally car ahead of its motorsport debut at next week’s Targa Tasmania.

Australia’s top-selling importer will unleash two Mazda3 MPS rally cars on the country’s pre-eminent tarmac endurance event, held from April 15-20. Professional rally drivers Rick Bates and Alister McRae will spearhead the company’s eighth Targa campaign.

Built under the watchful eye of Mazda Motorsport chief Allan Horsley, the 190kW Mazda3 MPS front-wheel-drive hot hatches will contest the event’s 2WD Showroom competition, travelling 2000km over five gruelling days of competition.

The team’s preparation for the rally commenced this week with Bates, McRae and co-drivers arriving in Tasmania to survey the course. Before the event starts next Tuesday both Bates and McRae will have driven all the daunting stages twice.

Mazda will launch the new generation Mazda3 this year at the Paris Motor Show and sales will begin in spring of 2009. The future Mazda3 will be offered in both four-door sedan and five-door hatchback.

Japan’s The My Car magazine has put together a rendering of the upcoming next-generation Mazda 3. Not surprisingly, the rendering includes a lot of styling features borrowed from both the new Mazda 6/Atenza and the popular Mazda 2 compact car.

Future Mazda3 will be powered by a range of engines starting from a base 1.5-liter four cylinder to a 2.5-liter four cylinder borrowed from Mazda6.

Source: WindingRoad

Mazda USA today revealed the pricing for the all-new Mazda3: pricing start at $13,895 for the i Sport M/T, and tops out at $21,145 for the s Grand Touring A/T model.

The i Touring Model is replaced by i Touring Value model offered in two different versions: $16,595 for the five-speed M/T and $17,495 for the four-speed A/T.

All Grand Touring models produced in 2008 come with a standard six-way power driver’s seat, and all MAZDA3 2.3-liter models and MAZDASPEED3 models receive an interior freshening.

Press release after the jump.

Mazda Motor Corporation has released updated versions of the Mazda Axela sports compact in Japan. Known as the Mazda3 in overseas markets, the Mazda Axela has earned high praise both in Japan and abroad. All models in the range – including the four-door Axela, five-door Axela Sport and Mazdaspeed Axela – feature fresh improvements and are available from today at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam dealerships nationwide. Two new special edition versions of the Axela Sport, the 23HS and 20HS, which come outfitted with equipment to enhance their sporty pedigree, also go on sale from today.

When Mazda will unveil the new Mazda3 in 2009 it will debut with a new smart new face and sleek body that should turn heads. It will come as an answer to the Honda Honda Civic and the new Ford Focus. It will be inspired by the new Mazda6, but it will also integrate design elements from the 2018 design concept.

Source: AutoExpress

Mazda has today unveiled the third in its series of extreme cars, a modified version of the high-performance Mazda3 Mazda Performance Series (MPS), at the 2007 Sydney Motorshow. Based on the top-selling Sports Pack luxury specification, the Mazda3 MPS Extreme has received engine, suspension and exhaust upgrades that improve the performance of the world’s quickest hot-hatch by about twenty per cent.

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