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Mazda 3: all-new small car revealed at 4:30am

Update: The embargo has been broken and the all-new Mazda 3 has been revealed. Full story here: 2014 Mazda 3 revealed. The all-new Mazda 3 will be officially unveiled in the early hours of Thursday morning as part of a global reveal. Mazda has published a teaser image of the new 3's grille (top) on its Facebook page today as part of the build-up...

Mazda 3 image leaked ahead of Xbox Live unveiling

An image revealing a rear-three-quarter view of the all-new Mazda 3 has appeared online less than one week out from the car's official unveiling. The image, first published by Russian website News Auto, gives us an undisguised rear three-quarter-angle look at the third-generation Mazda 3 hatchback...

Mazda 3: leaked images appear in Japanese magazine

Images purporting to reveal the design of the all-new Mazda 3 have appeared in the leaked pages of a Japanese automotive magazine. While an earlier, widely circulated rendering claiming to detail the third-generation hatchback proved to be a fake, the latest shots appear to align closely with CarAdvice’s spy shots of the new model, suggesting the magazine shots could be the real deal...

Mazda 3 rendering sparks debate

An image purporting to be the upcoming third-generation Mazda 3 has appeared in a US bank's analysis of the car industry. The image of the supposed next-gen Mazda 3 small car – referenced as being sourced from Mazda North America – was used by the Bank of America Merrill Lynch as part of its annual ‘Car Wars’ industry analysis, with the US bank claiming it only publishes images supplied by manufacturers and not renderings...

2013 Mazda 3: new interior revealed

The next-generation version of Australia's most popular car, the Mazda 3, has been spied testing in Europe – including the first clear look at the all-new interior. The Mazda 3 prototype may be wearing patterned camouflage but the overall shape and details of the new hatchback are clearly evident...

Car sales 2012: Small cars dominant at the top

Small cars have once again dominated new vehicle sales in 2012, with the Mazda3 leading the way in its second straight year as Australia's favourite car. Four of the top six models sold across the country last year belonged to the small-car segment – Mazda3, Toyota Corolla, Holden Cruze, Hyundai i30 – while strong sales of three more – Ford Focus, Volkswagen Golf, Mitsubishi Lancer – gave the compact class seven nameplates inside the top 18...

Car sales 2012: Mazda3 retains its title as Australia's most popular car

The Mazda3 has retained its title as Australia's most popular new car in 2012, claiming victory for the second consecutive year after a tight 12-month tussle with the Toyota HiLux. The HiLux threatened to steal the crown earlier in the year after topping the sales charts in six of the first 10 months of the year, but a strong finish from Mazda's small car saw it take the win 44,128 units to 40,646...

2013 Mazda3 renderings leaked

Leaked renderings of the 2013 Mazda3 have provided the first clues to the look of the Japanese brand's important next-generation small car. The images are believed to be official Mazda renderings, though the car maker has stressed to CarAdvice that this is not the styling of the all-new Mazda3 expected in the latter stages of 2013...

Mazda3 updated with Bluetooth and USB; styling tweaks for MPS

Mazda Australia has upgraded its top-selling Mazda3 small car, making Bluetooth and USB connectivity standard across the range and bringing a number of styling enhancements to the high-performance Mazda3 MPS hot-hatch...

Mazda3 extends sales lead as Honda fights back

The Australian automotive industry continued its strong start to the year in February with new vehicle sales up more than five per cent compared with the same period in 2011. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 85,723 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in February 2012, up 6...

Mazda3 dethrones Holden Commodore in 2011

The Mazda3 is officially Australia’s favourite car, ending the locally made Holden Commodore’s run of 15 years at the top. The small Japanese car with the big grin fought a tit-for-tat battle with the big Aussie family favourite throughout the year, and eventually claimed the win by just 812 vehicles (41,429 vs 40,617)...