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Mazda 3 SP25 v Renault Megane GT-Line : Comparison review

Getting warmer… warmer… warmer. Perfect. Not everybody wants a hot hatch. But at the same time, a run-of-the-mill small car that ticks all the practical boxes but lacks a little zing doesn’t do it for some either...

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Mazda 3 Diesel Review : XD Astina
Rating: 8.510 /10
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Mazda 3 Diesel Review : XD Astina

The Mazda 3 diesel will start to nudge Mazda’s small car into the premium pricing territory when it arrives locally in September/October of this year. Based on the top-spec Astina ($36,190), the diesel should demand a price close to $40,000 (Mazda generally charges a $3000 premium for diesels), which puts it dangerously close to the likes of BMW 1 Series and Audi A3 sportback (both from $35,600 in petrol guise)...


Mazda 3 diesel coming to Australia in September
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Mazda 3 diesel coming to Australia in September

A diesel-powered Mazda 3 hatchback has been confirmed to go on sale locally in September. Mazda had previously ruled out an oil-burning variant due to an apparent lack of demand, but the Japanese company has now confirmed the new diesel model - known as the Mazda 3 XD Astina - will make it to market after all. The new model is powered by the same 2...


Mazda 3 celebrity challenge race proves a winner
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Mazda 3 celebrity challenge race proves a winner

This year’s Mazda 3 celebrity race challenge played an important part of the Japanese company’s plans for the popular small car’s launch in Australia. Following on from the carnage-riddled 2013 Mazda 6 celebrity race challenge, Mazda Australia this year opted to pit a bunch of celebrities against one another at Albert Park in the newly launched Mazda 3...


Small Car Comparison : Toyota Corolla v Mazda 3 v Holden Cruze v Hyundai Elantra
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Small Car Comparison : Toyota Corolla v Mazda 3 v Holden Cruze v Hyundai Elantra

Small sedans are generally not quite as popular as small hatchbacks in Australia. The newly released Toyota Corolla sedan is expected to snare only a 20 per cent share of the nameplate’s sales this year, while the Hyundai Elantra is outsold by its i30 sibling five-to-one...


2014 Mazda 3 Neo Review
Rating: 810 /10
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2014 Mazda 3 Neo Review

The 2014 Mazda 3 could be the country’s best-selling car this year, and the entry-level Neo model tested here is the one that most buyers will choose. Mazda says about 40 per cent of purchases will buy the Neo, which starts at $20,490. The vast majority of those will be optioned with a six-speed automatic transmission (which adds $2000 to the price), but we tested the price-leading six-speed manual five-door hatchback...

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Mazda 3 v Volkswagen Golf : Comparison Review
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Mazda 3 v Volkswagen Golf : Comparison Review

The new third-generation Mazda 3 has arrived, and there's little doubt it will be a hit with buyers. The question harder to answer is whether it can topple the Volkswagen Golf as the top-rated small car in the class. With Volkswagen claiming almost half of all Golf buyers choose the most affordable 90TSI Trendline variant, and Mazda citing a 40 per cent slice of the total pie for its entry-level 3 Neo, it took little time to decide that a base-model showdown would be best...


Mazda 3 : Kuroi pack sports up small car
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Mazda 3 : Kuroi pack sports up small car

Fans longing for an all-new Mazda 3 MPS face an indefinite wait for a new-gen hot-hatch, but in the meantime can order a racy Kuroi styling pack to sport up regular variants of the small car. Available on all grades in both sedan and hatchback body styles, the Kuroi pack (‘black’ in Japanese) adds a number of exterior styling enhancements to the third-generation Mazda 3...


2014 Mazda 3 Review
Rating: 8.510 /10
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2014 Mazda 3 Review

The Mazda 3 lost the title of Australia’s best-selling car in 2013, and the Japanese car manufacturer wants it back. That will mean overtaking the Corolla from Toyota, while to be considered the best small car as well as the most popular, it must better the Volkswagen Golf. This is the third-generation Mazda 3 since the 323 was replaced here in 2004...

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$20,490 to $38,190

2014 Mazda 3 : The Quick Guide
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2014 Mazda 3 : The Quick Guide

The Mazda 3 has been one of Australia's highest-selling cars since the nameplate emerged in 2004, and was the country's number one vehicle in 2011 and 2012. A decade on, it's looking to reclaim that title after a run-out phase allowed the Toyota Corolla to take victory in 2013...


2014 Mazda 3 : pricing and specifications
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2014 Mazda 3 : pricing and specifications

The third-generation Mazda 3 small car starts a fraction higher than the immediate outgoing model but generally applies lower prices and more equipment throughout the new range. A $20,490 sticker kicks things off for a base model Neo with a manual gearbox, with the furthest end of the spectrum the range-topping SP25 Astina auto that costs $38,190 before on-road costs are added...


Mazda 3 Video Review 2014
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Mazda 3 Video Review 2014

Jez Spinks takes an in-depth look at the all-new Mazda 3 hatch and sedan.


Mazda 3 MPS could get diesel power
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Mazda 3 MPS could get diesel power

A next-generation Mazda 3 MPS could be powered by a diesel engine. Mazda continues to say a hot-hatch version of its third-generation small car is not a priority, though the brand's global boss told Australian media on the eve of the Tokyo motor show that going away from turbo petrol power was an option...


Mazda reveals four-car SEMA show line-up
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Mazda reveals four-car SEMA show line-up

Mazda has previewed four concept cars it plans to unveil at next month's SEMA aftermarket show in Las Vegas. Comprising hatch and sedan versions of the all-new Mazda 3 and two Mazda 6 models, the cars' styling changes can be seen in the images, though the car maker has revealed few other details at this stage...


Mazda 3 Video First Drive
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Mazda 3 Video First Drive

Swap out of the old Mazda 3 and into the new Mazda 3 and it feels as though the fast-forward button has been pressed through not one, but two generations...


Mazda 3: 4.7L/100km natural gas model set for Tokyo
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Mazda 3: 4.7L/100km natural gas model set for Tokyo

A natural gas-powered Mazda 3 will make its world premiere at next month's Tokyo motor show. Set to take its place on Mazda's stand alongside its petrol, diesel and hybrid siblings, the Mazda 3 Skyactiv-CNG concept can run on both petrol and compressed natural gas (CNG). A response to increasing global demand for CNG-powered vehicles, Mazda says the Skyactiv-CNG concept’s dual fuel system utilises the existing 2...


2014 Mazda 3 v old Mazda 3: Comparison Review
Rating: 910 /10
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2014 Mazda 3 v old Mazda 3: Comparison Review

Swap out of the old Mazda 3 and into the new Mazda 3 and it feels as though the fast-forward button has been pressed through not one, but two generations. The new Mazda 3 sedan and hatch range are identical length to the five-year-old models they replace, but the wheelbase extends by 60mm and overhangs are reduced by 35mm front/25mm rear on both bodystyles...


Mazda 3 can "absolutely" beat Corolla sales, says manufacturer
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Mazda 3 can "absolutely" beat Corolla sales, says manufacturer

Mazda Australia reckons the third-generation Mazda 3 can steal back the title of Australia's best selling car from the Toyota Corolla next year. After two full years (2011 and 2012) as the country's top selling car, the Mazda 3, which is now in run-out, looks set to be beaten by its Toyota small car arch rival for full year 2013 – to September the compact Mazda has recorded 30,781 sales (down 5...


Mazda 3: no diesel or hybrid for Oz
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Mazda 3: no diesel or hybrid for Oz

Mazda Australia has ruled out selling locally the diesel or hybrid version of its third-generation Mazda 3, which is due to go on sale early next year. Although the Australian arm of the Japanese brand admits the diesel in the outgoing car accounted for only two per cent of sales partly because it was only available with a manual transmission, it claims even with the new car’s auto availability the diesel business case doesn’t immediately stack up...


Mazda 3 Hybrid: first images and details released
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Mazda 3 Hybrid: first images and details released

The first images and details of the Mazda 3 Hybrid have been released ahead of the fuel-efficient small car's Japanese launch next month. Specifics of the Mazda 3 Hybrid's petrol-electric powertrain – which has been developed in collaboration with Toyota – are limited at this stage, though the car maker has confirmed it will be powered by a 2...


Mazda 3 confirmed for 2014 AGP Celebrity Challenge
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Mazda 3 confirmed for 2014 AGP Celebrity Challenge

Mazda has confirmed it will again sponsor the Australian Formula One Grand Prix Celebrity Challenge in 2014. The all-new third-generation Mazda 3 will be the weapon of choice for next year’s support race, with 20 cars set to tackle Melbourne’s 5.3km Albert Park street circuit steered by celebrities from various backgrounds and disciplines...


Mazda 3 chief designer Koji Tabata: interview
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Mazda 3 chief designer Koji Tabata: interview

To say the next-generation Mazda 3 is a critical launch for the Japanese manufacturer is putting it lightly. The current model accounts for a commanding one-third of the company's global sales, with previous generations notching up well over 3.5 million units...


Mazda sets plan to remain profitable
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Mazda sets plan to remain profitable

Mazda says it is on the path to remain profitable after having finally turned its fortunes around last year, marking the first time in five years the Japanese manufacturer has posted a profit. The company made $34.3 billion yen ($372 million) in the last Japanese financial year (ending March 31), a stark contrast to the four previous years, with the company’s 2011-12 records showing a massive $1...


Mazda 3 to be 30 per cent more fuel efficient, offer advanced safety tech
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Mazda 3 to be 30 per cent more fuel efficient, offer advanced safety tech

The all-new Mazda 3 will be up to 30 per cent more fuel efficient and feature advanced safety systems when it goes on sale in Australia in late January. Entry- and mid-level models in the third-generation Mazda 3 range will be powered by the Japanese manufacturer's 114kW/200Nm 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, which is a mildly revised version of the engine currently fitted to the Mazda 3 SP20 Skyactiv...


Mazda 3 cut to $19,990 driveaway as new model nears
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Mazda 3 cut to $19,990 driveaway as new model nears

The price of the Mazda 3 has been cut to $19,990 driveaway as Mazda Australia takes one final shot at the Toyota Corolla and the 2013 sales crown. The aggressive driveaway pricing comes on the back of the international launch of the third-generation Mazda 3, which is destined to arrive in local showrooms in January/February 2014...


New Mazda 3 future-proofs infotainment system
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New Mazda 3 future-proofs infotainment system

The new infotainment system in the 2014 Mazda 3 aims to future-proof the car to keep up with the ever-changing world of multimedia and smartphones while providing a safer and less distracting cabin environment. At the launch of the new Mazda 3 in Los Angeles, the company's general manager of production division, Ryuichi Umeshita, explained in detail the work that had gone into the car’s infotainment system...


2014 Mazda 3 gets electric power steering
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2014 Mazda 3 gets electric power steering

Engineers behind the new 2014 Mazda 3 have tuned the steering setup of the third-generation 3 to the point that it mimics the best parts of a manual steering system for better response and feedback. The company’s head of vehicle evaluation, David Coleman, told the Australian media at the car’s launch in California that the inclusion of an electric power steering system in the new Mazda 3 was a great opportunity but one which the company knew had plenty of risks...


Mazda 3 sedan: fresh gallery leaked
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Mazda 3 sedan: fresh gallery leaked

Images of the Mazda 3 sedan have been leaked again ahead of its upcoming official reveal, with new shots exposing more of the exterior and interior. Coming less than two weeks after the all-new Mazda 3 hatch’s global unveiling, and just days after the first Mazda 3 sedan images were leaked, new images have been published by Czech website Auto along with others released by French-Canadian website Guideautoweb...


Mazda 3 sedan revealed in leaked images
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Mazda 3 sedan revealed in leaked images

The new Mazda 3 sedan has been leaked weeks ahead of its official unveiling. The images, leaked by the Russian edition of Top Gear, come hot on the (boot-less) tail of the Mazda 3 hatch revealed last week, and show a four-door design that from some angles mimics the bigger Mazda 6 sedan...


2014 Mazda 3 revealed
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2014 Mazda 3 revealed

The all-new Mazda 3 has been officially unveiled, revealing the design and first specification and performance details of the popular small car's latest iteration. The third-generation Mazda 3 was initially revealed in Melbourne on Wednesday ahead of similar launch events in Istanbul, St Petersburg, London and finally New York early on Thursday morning...