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New-car sales were down by 12.8 per cent in July compared to the same month last year. When looking at the figures on a year-to-date basis, this downward trend grows to 19.2 per cent in decline. You can read colleague Joshua Dowling's full July VFACTS report here, which goes through the nitty-gritty of the market in great detail...

Video: 2021 Mazda 3 Turbo unveiled in all its glory. Now can we please have it?

Mazda has released a video of the highly anticipated Mazda 3 Turbo in the US overnight, revealing further details about its increased power and all-wheel-drive grip. Headlining the company's small car range in North America, the model will come in two variants: the standard Mazda 3 Turbo, and the Mazda 3 Turbo Premium Plus...

2021 Mazda3 Turbo on wish list for Australia, but still not confirmed

Mazda Australia is lobbying Japan to introduce a turbocharged hot hatch version of the new Mazda 3. The Japanese car maker has been without a hot hatch locally since the Mazda 3 MPS was dropped after two generations were sold from 2006 to 2012. The previous Mazda3 MPS models were powered by a turbocharged 2...

Mazda 3 Turbo revealed in the US with more power, still no closer to Australia

North American arms of Mazda have officially revealed a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive Mazda 3 hatch and sedan, however the model is no closer to receiving Australian confirmation. Available for US, Canadian and Mexican markets, the turbocharged petrol 3 is expected to be produced only in left-hand-drive form for the foreseeable future...

Turbo Mazda 3 outputs: 170kW/420Nm hatch confirmed

Mazda has confirmed engine outputs for its new turbocharged Mazda 3 hatch, following weeks of speculation about the model – however its Australian future remains unclear. Confirmed in a video released by Mazda Mexico, the force-fed Mazda3 will use a 2.5-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine outputting 227hp (170kW) and 310ft/lb (420Nm) through a six-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive system...

2021 Mazda 3, CX-30 'SkyActiv-X M Hybrid' prices announced

The 2021 Mazda 3 Astina SkyActiv-X M Hybrid and 2021 Mazda CX-30 Astina SkyActiv-X M Hybrid models have been announced for Australia, introducing the Japanese automaker's advanced Spark Controlled Compression Ignition (SPCCI) engine to the local market...

Turbo Mazda3 officially teased, but no details given

A short video has been released by Mazda teasing the reveal date of what could be a turbocharged Mazda3. The unlisted video was shared in a handful of tweets by the car manufacturer, replying to rumours of the new turbo model and adding: "Power comes to those who wait". Sounds of an engine being revved can be heard on the video, while graphics indicate the reveal date will be 8 July 2020...

Turbo Mazda3 set to return, but MPS hero unlikely – report

Mazda could be about to introduce an all-wheel-drive turbo variant of the Mazda3, leaked information suggests. According to Jalopnik, an insider has revealed that special codes have been added to the Mazda dealership intranet, showing that an all-wheel-drive turbo Mazda3 is on the horizon...

Mazda Australia addresses 3's sale decline

Sales of the new-generation Mazda 3 have fallen by about one-third over those of its predecessor model, but the company this week stood by its decision to move the car upmarket with higher pricing and a greater list of standard equipment. Figures show that between June 2019 and January 2020 - the period over which the hatchback and sedan models have been on sale - 13,587 Mazda 3s were sold, averaging about 1700 units a month...

Beat the price rises: currency pressure poised to push up the cost of cars in 2020

After three decades of record low prices and affordability, Australia’s top-selling cars are on the brink of becoming more expensive. Car companies are warning dealers they can no longer absorb the cost of unfavourable exchange rates. They have been told prices of popular models could rise by between $500 and $1000 – and discounts will be not as generous as they have been in the recent past...

Automotive Industry Insights podcast: Corolla v Mazda3 sedans

Join Mandy Turner, Mike Costello, and Kez Casey for the first podcast back for 2020! We chat with Mike Duff about his drive in the Aston Martin DBX prototype and discuss if it feels like an Aston Martin. Mike compares the 2020 Toyota Corolla and Mazda3 sedans. We talk to CarAdvice reader Tim about his owner review of the 2017 Holden Astra RS, which he bought new...