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 |  Aug 11 2011, 12:30 PM

The perpetually-grinning, happy-go-lucky Mazda 3 will be getting a facelift for 2012. But will it still be so happy?

A new version of the Mazda 3 is already giggling down Japanese streets as the Mazda Axela. Its US model will make it over as early as October, with both employing the same Skyactiv 2.0-liter direct-injection gasoline engine and six-speed automatic transmission—the first car to combine Mazda’s new six-speed with Skyactiv technology.

Skyactiv is blowing up at Mazda lately, in fact: the Mazda 2 already has such an engine in Japan, and the upcoming CX-5 will feature it when it’s introduced in Frankfurt next month. So the Mazda 3 does have something to smile about.

[Source: Inside Line]