Top 5 Surprisingly Good Cars of 2012

Top 5 Surprisingly Good Cars of 2012
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What’s the best car of 2012? Who knows. Is a Porsche GT3 RS 4.0 better than a Ferrari 458 Italia? What about the Scion FR-S? Or a Prius Plug-in Hybrid? The past year has seen the launch of numerous excellent vehicles, including some we really didn’t expect to be any good. That said, we’ve put… Continue Reading...

SkyActiv Could Become Base Mazda3 Engine as Soon as Next Year

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SkyActiv Could Become Base Mazda3 Engine as Soon as Next Year
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Mazda‘s new SkyActiv engine was never intended to be used in the current Mazda3 platform, but with the new 40-mpg motor already developed, product planners decided it didn’t make sense just to sit on the technology – especially in a hyper-competitive segment where cars like the Cruze, Focus and Elantra are all claiming the big… Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv Priced from $18,450 with 40-MPG

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2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv Priced from $18,450 with 40-MPG
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Mazda has finally released official pricing on the updated 2012 Mazda3 with the optional 40-mpg SkyActiv engine model starting at $18,450. That model, the Mazda3 i Touring, makes 155-hp and 148 lb-ft of torque for a 5 percent improvement in overall power, a 10 percent improvement in peak torque and a 15 percent improvement in… Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda3 Pricing Detailed for Canada, 40-MPG SkyActiv Engine Optional

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2012 Mazda3 Pricing Detailed for Canada, 40-MPG SkyActiv Engine Optional
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Mazda is preparing to launch its new 2012 Mazda3 model with its important new SkyActiv engine and while specifics on the motor aren’t yet available, pricing now is. Or we should say, it is if you live in Canada. We’ve just received the official pricing sheet from Mazda Canada and it contains one major surprise,… Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda3 Rated at 40-MPG [New York Auto Show 2011]

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2012 Mazda3 Rated at 40-MPG [New York Auto Show 2011]
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Debuting the car at the New York Auto Show today, Mazda has just confirmed that the 2012 Mazda3 will match the Hyundai Elantra as the most fuel efficient compact car on the market with a 40-mpg highway rating. The first vehicle to make use of the brand’s new SkyActiv fuel saving technologies, the 3 will… Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv Targets 40-MPG With Added Power

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2012 Mazda3 SkyActiv Targets 40-MPG With Added Power
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Mazda recently unveiled its new 2012 Mazda3 model, a mid-cycle update with one important change under the hood. Along with some cosmetic updates, the 3 gets Mazda’s new SkyActiv engine. At the time, Mazda was only willing to say that it was a direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, targeting a 20 percent fuel economy improvement, while also… Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda3 Video: SkyActiv Engine, Tranny to Deliver 20% Fuel Economy Bump

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Debuting at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the 2012 Mazda3 is more than just a facelifted model, showcasing the automaker’s new SkyActiv engine and transmission. Full details have yet to be announced, but Mazda has confirmed the engine is a direct-injection 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that will deliver a 15 percent improvement in fuel economy…. Continue Reading...

Mazda3 SkyActiv on Sale This Year With 20% Fuel Economy Improvement, Diesels in 2012

Mazda3 SkyActiv on Sale This Year With 20% Fuel Economy Improvement, Diesels in 2012
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Revealed today at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Mazda has confirmed that the SkyActiv-equipped Mazda3 will arrive at dealers in the U.S. and Canada this Fall. In addition, a diesel SkyActiv engine will be available a year later, with Mazda joining Volkswagen as the only non-premium automaker to offer a diesel in a… Continue Reading...

2012 Mazda3 Debuts With SkyActiv-G Gas Engine and Transmission [CIAS 2011]

2012 Mazda3 Debuts With SkyActiv-G Gas Engine and Transmission [CIAS 2011]
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Canada is a popular market for Mazda where the Mazda3 compact rivals the Honda Civic as the best-selling passenger car, and so it’s not a big surprise that the Japanese automaker chose the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto to announce the introduction of its SkyActiv engine and transmission in the 3. No details have… Continue Reading...
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