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 |  Feb 03 2009, 11:21 AM

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Mazda has crushed speculation that there may not be a new version of the MazdaSpeed3 by announcing that the new performance version of the popular Mazda3 5-door hatchback will be unveiled at the Geneva Auto Show in March.

The 2010 model will continue to use the 2.3-liter direct injection and turbocharged four-cylinder engine although power should receive a mild increase.

The Mazdaspeed3 is sold in Japan as the MPS Axela and in Europe as the MAZDA3 MPS.

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Sharing the press conference in Geneva will be the Mazda3 i-stop, which features a new technology paired to the Mazda3′s 2.0 DISI (Direct Injection Spark Ignition) engine for a 12 percent reduction in fuel-consumption.

We’ll be sure to bring you more info and photos from the show floor in Geneva starting March 3rd.

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Official release after the jump:

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