12-18-14 - Mazda zoom zooms into tiny CUVs with CX-3
LOS ANGELES -- Mazda Motor Corp. has a new baby in the family.
The independent Japanese automaker on Tuesday formally introduced the CX-3 crossover ahead of its official unveiling at the Los Angeles Auto Show.
With the CX-3, which stands 4 inches taller than a Mazda3 compact five-door from road to roof but 7 inches shorter from bumper to bumper, Mazda is joining the growing list of automakers offering off-road looks and premium content in a package that was once considered too small for anything but economy cars.
Mazda said that it plans to launch the CX-3 next spring and sees the crossover becoming a new core model in its worldwide lineup.
“The CX-3 is a global car,” Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai told Automotive News this month. “We have lots of owners of Mazda2 compacts. And as the lifestyles of those owners change, with growing families and such, the CX-3 will be a good replacement.”
Though it is based on the new Mazda2 subcompact, assembled in Japan, Thailand and Mexico, Kogai said the CX-3 will be manufactured only in Hiroshima, Japan.
Using Mazda’s Kodo design language, the CX-3 takes many of its cues from the Mazda3 and Mazda6, including a shield-shaped grille flanked by chrome wings with lines that extend into the headlights. But it conveys its status as a crossover with a larger air intake beneath the grille, angular housings for the fog lights and black plastic wheel arches that transition into the rear bumper.
The most daring design element may be the blacked-out glass and sheet metal around the rear window, quarter windows and D-pillar. This look, also featured in the redesigned 2015 Nissan Murano crossover, gives the illusion of a “floating” roof.
Mazda said it will launch the CX-3 in the United States with a four-cylinder, 2.0-liter Skyactiv gasoline engine and a six-speed automatic transmission. In the Mazda3 and CX-5 compact crossover, the engine puts out 155 hp and 150 pounds-feet of torque.
The all-wheel-drive system from the CX-5 will be available as an option.
The CX-3 also gets the Mazda Connect infotainment system from the Mazda3, which is being added to the refreshed CX-5 and Mazda6 midsize sedan for the 2016 model year.
The car will be slotted into the lineup beneath the CX-5, which starts at $22,375, including shipping. Pricing and options for the CX-3 have not been announced.
At 168.3 inches long, 67.5 inches wide and 61 inches high, the CX-3 stands 6 inches shorter than a CX-5, giving up 11 inches in length and 4 inches in width.
Mazda hopes that the CX-3 will grab a share of a growing market for tiny crossovers in Europe, where it will go up against the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Dacia Duster, and in the United States, where the main rivals will include the Honda HR-V, Nissan Juke, Chevrolet Trax and Buick Encore.
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07-07-14 - Mazda3 Video from Signature Mazda
The New Mazda3 is incredible to drive and see. Let's have a look at the Mazda3 right here in our dealership with Marko (owner) and a potential customer, Cherry.
07-07-14 - Mazda CX5 Video
The Mazda CX5 with Skyactiv is one of the few SUV's that come in Standard transmission for enthusiastic drivers as well as automatic. Great gas mileage and handling. Let's hear from Marko the owner of Signature Mazda talk with Erik about it's attributes:
05-02-14 - Mazda6 goes all the way to win AJAC 2014 Canadian Car of the Year
RICHMOND HILL, ON, Feb. 13, 2014 /CNW/ - The Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC) kicked off the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show by announcing the 2014 Mazda6 as the winner of the Canadian Car of the Year (CCOTY) award for 2014.
The journey began at AJAC's TestFest in October, when the Mazda6 handily won its category (Best New Family Car over $30,000), alongside its stable mates, the Mazda3 and Mazda3 Sport, which also scored top marks in their respective categories. The strong march toward victory continued when the Mazda3 and Mazda6 were nominated as finalists for the award, finally culminating in the AJAC CCOTY win for Mazda6.
04-01-14 - Mazda6 named 2014 Canadian Car of the Year
During a press conference at the 2014 Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, the Automobile Journalists Association of Canada (AJAC
) crowned the new Mazda6 as the 2014 Canadian Car of the Year.
This is the second time that Mazda has earned the overall Canadian Car of the Year title, having previously won in 2004 with the Mazda3.
The 2014 Mazda6 beats the 12 category winners picked by AJAC members following their annual TestFest.
04-01-14 - 2014 MAZDA 3 BRAND VIDEO
04-01-14 - 2014 MAZDASPEED 3 NEWS FROM AUTOBLOG
The new Mazda3 is a stunner, both aesthetically and from a driving perspective. As with all good things, though, there's always room for improvement. That's where the wizards from Mazdaspeed come in. Mazda's in-house tuner has been tweaking and turbocharging the five-door Mazda3 since 2007, with impressive results.
We've shown you renderings of what the third-generation Mazdaspeed3 could look like, and for the most part your response was quite positive. Now, AutoExpress has come out with details of just what might be under that long hood. According to our friends across the pond, the new Mazda3 MPS (that's what the Speed3 is called in Her Majesty's auto industry) will be arriving with a new, high-revving, naturally aspirated engine. Wait, what?!
Yes, if the rumours are to be believed, the next Mazdaspeed3 will ditch its turbocharger. According to an anonymous engineer, the new MS3 will arrive in December (this is for the UK market, mind you) with a 200-horsepower, naturally aspirated engine. The 2.0-litre mill is based on the Skyactiv engine in the new 3, and should be capable of a sub-seven-second run to 100 kilometres per hour.
Now, we strongly encourage you to take these rumours with a grain of salt. There are a lot of things that don't add up here. With 200 horsepower, the new Speed3 would be down over 50 horsepower on the original model. It'd also be easily outgunned by the hot hatch competition from Ford, Subaru, and Volkswagen. And what about torque? The only way we can see a 200-horsepower Mazdaspeed3 working is if it weight is dramatically reduced. Considering weight savings is a tenet of Mazda's Skyactiv philosophy, that seems like a possibility.
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04-01-14 - BMW VS MAZDA...SEE WHAT OWNERS SAY
The comments below are from a Mazda and BMW owner. His comments echo the same sentiment of many others. Happy reading:
Comparison: Mazda3 vs BMW 325i
I don't expect many people will be cross-shopping a Mazda 3 and a BMW 325, but these are the cars my wife and I now own.
We just picked up my wife's new Mazda 3 Sport (5 speed Hatch) GT tonight. Options on the car are A/C, moonroof, and leather. We would have liked traction control and heated seats, but these are not available in Canada.
Here's a brief comparison with my 2004 BMW 325i (Sport Package, 5 spd), after a couple of half-hour drives.
The Mazda fits both my wife and I very well. The telescoping wheel gives her room with the seat forward enough for her to reach the pedals (she's 5'1" and she can raise the seat high enough to get a good view out.
The leather covered wheel with stereo controls is as nice as the BMW's and feels a bit better to me (slightly smaller diameter and hands just fit right).
The interior has as much style as the BMW. The quality of the controls and the interior materials are excellent for it's class - I would rate these 3/4 as good as the BMW.
I love the 5 door hatch layout - it's both more practical and sporty looking.
The leather covered shifter is very smooth (almost as smooth as the BMW), has slightly shorter throws, and falls very nicely under my hand.
Afer a couple of brief drives my initial impressions are the BMW is smoother and feels more powerful than the numbers suggest (184 vs 160 HP). The BMW is more willing to rev higher and has power throughout the rev range. The Mazda still feels smooth and has more of a growl when it reaches mid RPM range. I haven't really pushed it yet - I'll provide a more detailed comparison when the engine is broken in.
The 3 feels very solid and has no rattles (yet). The BMW feels more solid over rough winter-ravaged roads.
This impression is probably partially due to the BMW's much better sound insulation which is especially noticable over snow/slush covered and rough roads.
From a couple of decreasing radius (dry) on/off ramps, the 3 has a very high level of grip. I'll have to wait until I get the summer tires back on the BMW to do a back-to-back test, but for my driving style, I do not find the 3 lacking in grip.
My Subjective Summary
For a little more than 1/2 the price of the BMW, my wife's Mazda 3 provides:
- A layout that's both more practical and sporty
- Fit that's equally comfortable and ergonomic
- Almost as many features (missing seat heaters, Xenon lights, and stability/traction control)
- 3/4 the subjective build quality (interior materials good, but not enough sound insulation)
- 3/4 the engine power and smoothness
- Almost as much fun to drive
My wife could not be happier with her car and I'm really looking forward to driving the 3 more agressively in good weather and taking it on a long road trip.
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