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Mazda 3

The Mazda3 has been roaming the roadways since it replaced the Protégé in 2004, and despite a "second generation" in 2010, the design remained nearly the same throughout its lifespan. When Mazda announced its Kodo design language would make its way to the 3 in the 2014 model year, I couldn’t help but get excited, as the Mazda6 looked awesome in its new dress. Well, after I drove the Mazda6 , I called up my fleet supplier and specifically requested the Mazda3. They contacted Mazda, and they happily shipped one out to me.

The new Mazda3 was a stunner from the second it rolled into my driveway, I loved the Meteor Gray Mica paint draped over the revised body. Walking up to the car, it looked like a much more expensive car, and sliding into the cabin really kicked thing up a notch.

On the surface, my love for the revised Mazda3 only grew, but did I still love it after a week behind the wheel?

Click past the jump to find out.

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Every year, hundreds of motoring journalists from all over the world descend upon New York City for the New York International Auto Show . Among the new car reveals, fancy parties and exciting concepts, the New York Auto Show also plays host to the World Car of the Year Awards.

This prestigious award is handed out by a collection of experienced automotive journalists from around the world. Some of this year’s jurors include writers from countries like Japan, Russia, South Africa, China, Australia and more. Overall there are nearly 70 jurors in total.

Some of the previous year’s winners include the Mk VII Volkswagen Golf and the Nissan Leaf .

Of all the cars that were eligible for this year’s award, twelve have been selected as finalists. We have brought together all twelve of the final candidates for you here, and we also included a little bit information about each one.
Which one do you think deserves to win and why? Sound off in the comments below.

Click past the jump to read about the World Car of the Year candidates


The 2014 Tokyo Auto Salon will feature its share of new concepts coming from Japanese automakers. Mazda , for one, has a handful that it’s prepared to unveil and one of them, at least the one that got our attention is called the Axela Sport Mazda Design Concept.

Don’t be fooled by the Axela name, this model is actually the Mazda3 in other parts of the world other than Japan. So it takes the look of one and thanks to a MazdaSpeed exterior, it’s been treated to a slew of new aerodynamic components that’s highlighted by a front splitter and aerodynamic side skirts.

On top of that, special graphics were also splashed into the Axela’s body, not to mention the inclusion of performance modifiers like a strengthened chassis, Brembo brakes, and a new set of black alloy wheels.

The package itself is quite impressive for the model, giving credence tot he prevailing thought that the Axela, or the 3 as its known in this part of the world, is a model that’s right for customization.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 Mazda3


Whenever the end of the year is upon us, we all spend enough time to take a break from all the holiday shopping to reflect on the year that was.

The same holds true in the automotive industry, except that instead of merely reminiscing, there are those that are in positions to hand out what they deem are the best cars of the year. Last week, 48 journalists from North America voted on the North American Car and Truck of the Year, whittling down the list to three finalists in each category with the winners being announced at the 2014 North American International Auto Show this coming January.

Well, Europe has its equivalent in the aptly named "Car of the Year jury." It consists of 58 members from 22 countries in Europe with representation depending on a specific country’s market size and its "importance in car manufacturing."

A subjective criteria, but okay, we’ll roll with it.

What’s important is that the list of contenders for the prestigious award has been narrowed down to seven finalists, all of which have as much chance as the other to succeed the seventh-generation Volkswagen Golf . The winner will be announced at the Geneva Motor Show in March, giving the "Car of the Year" jury enough time to exhaust every analytical measure possible before making a decision on which car to vote for.

Good luck to all the finalists!

Click past the jump to read about the seven finalists for the Car of the Year award

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Except of course the MPS and Mazdaspeed versions, the Mazda3 is not an overly exciting car, but for the 2013 SEMA Show the model was completely transform, so it now reveals the unbelievable sporty character of the hatchback.

The new Club Sport 3 Concept features a Mazda Design-exclusive Slate White exterior finish combined with a very cool Club Sport paint scheme. This paint scheme includes Metallic Silver lines and Glossy Light Gray and matte Black Mica patterns and some Vibrant Red vinyl across the lines.

Under its hood, the Club Sport 3 concept gets a SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission borrowed from the CX-5 SUV with 20-percent shorter gear ratios.

In order to be worthy of its Club Sport name, the concept was equipped with a Wavetrac helical limited-slip differential for additional torque and a CUSCO coil-over kit. Keeping this hot hatch glued to the road is a set of Rays 57 Motorsport G07FXX 20-inch wheels wrapped in Bridgestone Potenza RE-11 tires, measuring 235/35R19. Doing the stopping is a set of Brembo two-piece rotors, measuring 380-by-32 mm squeezed by six-pot calipers. Lastly, a Racing Beat performance exhaust helps improves the engine’s sound.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda Club Sport 3 Concept.

A lot of companies are bracing for what should be a busy time at the 2013 SEMA Auto Show .

Certain companies are preparing to head to Las Vegas with an armada of concepts and project cars but Mazda is keeping things to a minimum, opting only to send four concepts to the show: two of the 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback and another two for the 2014 Mazda6 .

No specific details were given on any of the four concepts, but the images released by Mazda do point to relatively restrained projects compared to what we’ve been seeing from other companies in the past couple of weeks.

The two Mazda3s are designed more aggressively than the Mazda6 counterparts, including one that carries some nice decals and custom graphics that complements the new aerodynamic body it fitted into the vehicle. There appears to be a front splitter, revised side skirts, a new set of black alloy wheels, and high-performance brakes.

Meanwhile, the two Mazda6 models are a little more subdued than their 3 counterparts, including one that looks like it only received a two-tone "pinstripes" paint finish and a new set of wheels. The other one looks a lot more like what we’d expect out of a SEMA-bound model. It also has an aero kit to go with a sleek gray finish, and red and black accents. Black alloy wheels were also added, as were red brake calipers, which were made more noticeable by the "dark" appeal of the sedan.

Fortunately, all our speculations will be put on to rest once SEMA rolls around. For now, though, enjoy these photos Mazda released for us.

Click past the jump to read about the 2014 Mazda3 Hatchback

Source: Mazda
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The attention of the U.S. auto market is focused squarely on the 2013 Los Angeles Auto Show , but the folks in Japan are more interested in what’s going on at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show set to open its gates on November 21st.

Japan-based Mazda is also turning its focus to its home country with an impressive lineup for the Tokyo show, with one of the vehicles being a concept version based on the new Mazda3 . This Mazda3 concept will offer an all-new engine that is bound to get all those looking to rid themselves of fossil fuels amped up for the show.

Mazda has decided to offer this new Mazda3 concept with a CNG -powered engine. This isn’t too much of a surprise, considering the increasing demand for CNG-powered vehicles — or anything other than gasoline, for that matter.

The new CNG Concept features a dual-fuel system that runs on either gasoline or CNG, making refilling the tank as convenient as possible. This new system allows the concept to reduce emission by about 20 percent. If natural gas prices are near the same $2.06 per gallon that they are here, then it will like save some bucks (Yen) at the pumps too.

Alongside the new CNG Concept Mazda will display a few other concepts based on the new Mazda6.

Click past the jump to read more about the standard Mazda3.

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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 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.

Click past the jump to read more about the Mazda 3 sedan.


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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