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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...

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 : 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

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...