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 |  Nov 19 2013, 6:00 PM

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Mazda has just unveiled a host of new concepts and up-coming models at the The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show 2013 that includes diesel, natural gas and hybrid technology.
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 |  Aug 28 2012, 2:52 PM

The newest and one of the most anticipated fresh entrants to the midsize sedan segment will get its world debut tomorrow at the Moscow Auto Show, though the most important information will remain a secret.

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 |  Aug 14 2012, 2:45 PM

Known for making some genuinely engaging cars in the past, with its new SkyActiv technology Mazda is looking to hang its hat on combining fun-to-drive with fuel-efficiency.

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 |  Oct 17 2011, 9:45 AM

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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 40-mpg rating.

As a result Mazda made the decision to offer the new engine alongside the two previous options (the 2.0L MZR and the more powerful 2.5L), with a mid-range price. With 155-hp and 148 lb-ft of torque it’s a 5 percent improvement in peak power and a 10 percent spike in torque (although low and mid-range torque rise as much as 15 percent), making the old MZR powerplant essentially obsolete – especially considering its best highway rating is just 33-mpg.

Mazda has now confirmed the old MZR engine will be dropped from the product lineup with the Mazda3′s next bodystyle change, although it could be sooner than that. “We’re evaluating dropping the MZR for 2013,” said Sandra Lemaitre, National Manager for Public Relations at Mazda Canada, speaking at the launch of the new Mazda3 in Los Angeles.

The reason it’s still around hints Lemaitre is twofold. First, it’s the pricepoint, with the MZR-equipped models selling for significantly less than the new SkyActiv engine. Second, Mazda’s ability to offer the SkyActive powertrain is currently limited by supply.

As for the new SkyActiv-D engine, Lemaitre was silent about which new model will get the diesel option in North America It won’t be for the 2012 model year she said, commenting instead that, “We are introducing diesel in next 15-18 months.”

GALLERY: 2012 Mazda3

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 |  Feb 18 2011, 6:49 PM

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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. A new SkyActiv transmission (it’s still unclear if it’s a 6-speed or perhaps even a dual-clutch unit) will offer fuel economy gains ranging from four to seven percent.

Set to hit dealers this Fall, Mazda will then bring to market a SkyActiv-D diesel engine for North America in 2012.

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 |  Feb 17 2011, 11:47 AM

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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 passenger car.

Robert T. Davis, Senior VP for Quality, Research and Development at Mazda made the announcement and provided a few more details on the new technology and the SkyActiv gasoline engine, confirming that it is a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder that makes use of direct injection.

Compared to the current Mazda3, the SkyActiv model will achieve a roughly 20 percent improvement in fuel economy, with 15 percent coming from the engine itself, while an additional four to seven percent improvement is attributed to the new SkyActiv-drive transmission.

Davis commented that price makes electric and hybrid technology prohibitive and so Mazda is pursuing improvements to its internal combustion engines and will look to add start-stop systems and cut weight in the near future. Speaking to reporters he explained that Mazda will deliver the fuel economy of a B segment car in the C segment, the fuel economy of a diesel engine in a gasoline one, and the fuel economy of a hybrid in a diesel.

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 |  Feb 17 2011, 9:45 AM

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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 yet been provided about horsepower, engine size or fuel economy, but Mazda has said the 2012 Mazda will get the new SkyActiv-G gasoline engine and SkyActive-Drive automatic transmission.

The new powertrains are part of a push by Mazda to boost fuel economy 30 percent by 2015, which is says the SkyActiv technologies will achieve. Improvement in driveability are included, with Mazda promising improved low and mid-range torque.

In addition, the 2012 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan get a slight facelift with redesigned front and rear bumpers, a new front grille, new headlights and new styles for the 16- and 17-inch wheels.

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GALLERY: 2012 Mazda3 Debut in Toronto

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