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    Like a Broadway premiere the 2014 Mazda3 will take a bow in New York City today. Mazdaís best-selling compact car has received a bumper-to-bumper redesign along with some significant improvements. The companyís latest C-Segment offering brings a healthy dose of style, performance and technology to an extremely competitive slice of the market.

    Itís always tricky for an automaker to update a successful product. How do you improve a vehicle without destroying its essence and alienating customers? Very carefully, thatís how.

    Globally this car is the Zoom-Zoom brandís best-selling vehicle. More than 3.5 million of them have been sold in more than 120 countries around the world. Calling the 3 Mazdaís most significant product is something of an understatement. It accounts for 30 percent of the Japanese automakerís annual sales. Like Ron Burgundy in the movie Anchorman, itís kind of a big deal.

    The first thing anyone will notice about the 2014 Mazda3 is its striking new body. Itís the latest product to wear the companyís so-called KODO design language, which means ďsoul of motionĒ in Japanese, but weíll have to take Mazdaís word for it; we canít keep our katakana from our hiragana, and donít even talk to us about kanji.

    As expected from a clean-sheet redesign the latest 3 shares almost nothing with its predecessorÖ aside from a name, of course. The carís wheelbase has been stretched by almost two-and-a-half inches making for a grand total of 106.3; itís also 1.6 inches wider, but the carís overall length has actually gone down by nearly two inches.

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    This is the latest vehicle in Mazdaís lineup to take advantage of its SKYACTIV technologies, which are designed to save fuel while preserving the brandís famously entertaining on-road dynamics. Available as either a traditional sedan or a five-door hatchback, the 3ís body is 30 percent more rigid than its predecessorís, but surprisingly that stiffness does NOT come with a weight penalty; the car is actually lighter, though the company has not said by how much.

    North American customers will have two engines to choose from and the both run on highly refined liquid dinosaurs. The base powerplant is a 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G (thatís ďGĒ for gasoline) four-cylinder that delivers 155 horsepower with 150 lb-ft of torque. It features an elegant four-into-two-into-one exhaust manifold that really helps improve output as well as efficiency.
    AVAILABLE 2.5L SKYACTIV

    The up-market engine is a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV unit that delivers a bigger kick in the rump, 184 horses with 185 units of twist. Of course customers in other markets around the world have a much wider array of powertrain options ranging from a 1.5-liter unit to a 2.2-liter SKYACTIV-D clean diesel. Japanese buyers can even get a hybrid version of the car.

    Speaking of electricity, the company will also offer fuel-saving regenerative braking courtesy of its curiously names i-ELOOP system; thatís short for ďIntelligent Energy Loop.Ē Mazda representatives claim this is the worldís first capacitor-based version of the technology on the market. In addition to this efficiency-boosting system active grille shutters and slippery bodies help improve fuel economy. Best-in-class aerodynamics are part of the carís winning formula. The five-door features a .275 coefficient of drag (Cd) while the sedan slithers through the wind with a score of just .255.
    Read the complete story on the 2014 Mazda 3 at AutoGuide.com

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    Glad to see they got rid of the attrocious smiling front end... the Mazdaspeed 3 will look even better now.
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    That is a lot nicer looking than the current generation. Smiley faced crap? No thanks.

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    I know this is just a rendering, but it looks to be pretty accurate. Just imagine.

    http://www.autoblog.com/2013/06/28/n...ook-this-good/

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dylan87Supra View Post
    I know this is just a rendering, but it looks to be pretty accurate. Just imagine.

    http://www.autoblog.com/2013/06/28/n...ook-this-good/
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