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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 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

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: 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...

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

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

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

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

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

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

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...