The Truth About Cars » Mazda3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. Sat, 13 Feb 2016 15:37:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.4 The Truth About Cars is dedicated to providing candid, unbiased automobile reviews and the latest in auto industry news. The Truth About Cars no The Truth About Cars editors@ttac.com editors@ttac.com (The Truth About Cars) 2006-2009 The Truth About Cars The Truth About Cars » Mazda3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/themes/ttac-theme/images/logo.gif http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com Ask Bark: Growing a Family While Trying To Shrink Bills http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-growing-family-trying-shrink-bills/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2016/02/ask-bark-growing-family-trying-shrink-bills/#comments Thu, 04 Feb 2016 16:30:35 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1279394 Ben writes: Hi Bark, I am currently in my second year of a 3 1/2 year lease on a 2015 Mazda3 GT — which is probably the most engaging, convenient and efficient vehicle I’ve ever owned. Everything they say about Mazda nailing the driving dynamics is spot on. I wasn’t married prior to leasing the vehicle, nor did I […]

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Ben writes: Hi Bark, I am currently in my second year of a 3 1/2 year lease on a 2015 Mazda3 GT — which is probably the most engaging, convenient and efficient vehicle I’ve ever owned. Everything they say about Mazda nailing the driving dynamics is spot on. I wasn’t married prior to leasing the vehicle, nor did I […]

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Mazda3 Stop Sale Ordered Due to Gas Leak, Fire Risk http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/mazda3-stop-sale-ordered-due-gas-leak-fire-risk/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/10/mazda3-stop-sale-ordered-due-gas-leak-fire-risk/#comments Tue, 06 Oct 2015 15:00:25 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1188586 Mazda stopped selling and delivering 2015 and 2016 Mazda3s built between May 21 and Aug. 24, the automaker announced Tuesday. A faulty fuel shut-off value may lead to fuel being pumped into the charcoal emissions canister, which could lead to leakage, engine stalls and possible fire. The stop sale and recall affects 14,270 vehicles in the U.S. and 136 vehicles in Puerto […]

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Mazda stopped selling and delivering 2015 and 2016 Mazda3s built between May 21 and Aug. 24, the automaker announced Tuesday. A faulty fuel shut-off value may lead to fuel being pumped into the charcoal emissions canister, which could lead to leakage, engine stalls and possible fire. The stop sale and recall affects 14,270 vehicles in the U.S. and 136 vehicles in Puerto […]

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While You Were Sleeping: “Copy-and-Paste” Design, Dirt Track Racing, Real Fuel Economy, and Butterfly Wings http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/sleeping-copy-paste-design-dirt-track-racing-real-fuel-economy-butterfly-wings/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/04/sleeping-copy-paste-design-dirt-track-racing-real-fuel-economy-butterfly-wings/#comments Thu, 23 Apr 2015 10:05:32 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=1051897 Come on, China. We know you can design a car on your own. Jaguar Land Rover forced to accept Range Rover Evoque lookalike from China’s Jiangling (Automotive News, sub. req.) The same company that made that crappy Warthog-wannabee we talked about yesterday won’t get sued by JLR for their Evoque copy. The best part of the article is […]

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Come on, China. We know you can design a car on your own. Jaguar Land Rover forced to accept Range Rover Evoque lookalike from China’s Jiangling (Automotive News, sub. req.) The same company that made that crappy Warthog-wannabee we talked about yesterday won’t get sued by JLR for their Evoque copy. The best part of the article is […]

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TTAC Long Term Update #2: 2015 Mazda 3 Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/ttac-long-term-update-2-2015-mazda-3-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2015/01/ttac-long-term-update-2-2015-mazda-3-sport/#comments Fri, 02 Jan 2015 22:11:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=970489 This will be the first winter since 2009 when I will not be driving an open top sports car. I can say with confidence that for a daily driver in the Snowbelt, the answer is not necessarily “Miata”. As much as I adored my Miatas, I had come to the realization that the six months […]

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This will be the first winter since 2009 when I will not be driving an open top sports car. I can say with confidence that for a daily driver in the Snowbelt, the answer is not necessarily “Miata”. As much as I adored my Miatas, I had come to the realization that the six months […]

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TTAC Long Term Update: 2015 Mazda3 Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/ttac-long-term-update-2015-mazda3-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/ttac-long-term-update-2015-mazda3-sport/#comments Thu, 13 Nov 2014 19:21:06 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=944873 What was supposed to be a milestone in my life – taking delivery of my first new car – ended up being thrown off by a slight mishap during PDI. And one that raises questions about Mazda’s Mexican operations. Before I took delivery of my new Mazda3, myself and my Dad gave the car a […]

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What was supposed to be a milestone in my life – taking delivery of my first new car – ended up being thrown off by a slight mishap during PDI. And one that raises questions about Mazda’s Mexican operations. Before I took delivery of my new Mazda3, myself and my Dad gave the car a […]

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TTAC Long-Term Review: 2015 Mazda3 Sport http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/ttac-long-term-review-2015-mazda3-sport/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/11/ttac-long-term-review-2015-mazda3-sport/#comments Tue, 11 Nov 2014 14:00:45 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=943689 First it was Jack. Then my Grandma. Now it’s my turn to buy a new car. The idea of owning a pure, elemental sports car is romantic and enticing. But the reality of living with one as your daily driver in a climate that alternates between stiflingly humid and frigid enough to freeze your bone […]

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First it was Jack. Then my Grandma. Now it’s my turn to buy a new car. The idea of owning a pure, elemental sports car is romantic and enticing. But the reality of living with one as your daily driver in a climate that alternates between stiflingly humid and frigid enough to freeze your bone […]

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QOTD: Another Member Of The Brown Wagon Club? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/qotd-another-member-brown-wagon-club/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/10/qotd-another-member-brown-wagon-club/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 13:32:46 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=933906 While helping my grandmother hunt for a new car, I tried to steer her towards a Mazda3 Sport. She didn’t take to the “game changer” (which is the tagline for the car’s marketing campaign, not an attempt to cash in on my catch phrase), but I did notice a similar example on the lot. This […]

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While helping my grandmother hunt for a new car, I tried to steer her towards a Mazda3 Sport. She didn’t take to the “game changer” (which is the tagline for the car’s marketing campaign, not an attempt to cash in on my catch phrase), but I did notice a similar example on the lot. This […]

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Mazda 6 Diesel Delayed Due To Need For After-Treatment http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/mazda-6-diesel-delayed-due-need-aftertreatment/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/mazda-6-diesel-delayed-due-need-aftertreatment/#comments Fri, 12 Sep 2014 16:43:08 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=911226 The Mazda6 diesel, long awaited as the first major competitor to the Volkswagen Passat TDI, is being delayed due to difficulties meeting emissions standards without the need for after-treatment. TTAC has learned that Mazda is changing their strategy to incorporate an after-treatment, to help meet both emissions and performance benchmarks. According to our source, the after-treatment […]

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The Mazda6 diesel, long awaited as the first major competitor to the Volkswagen Passat TDI, is being delayed due to difficulties meeting emissions standards without the need for after-treatment. TTAC has learned that Mazda is changing their strategy to incorporate an after-treatment, to help meet both emissions and performance benchmarks. According to our source, the after-treatment […]

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2015 Mazda3 To Get 2.5L/6-Speed Manual Combination http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/2015-mazda3-get-2-5l6-speed-manual-combination/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2014/09/2015-mazda3-get-2-5l6-speed-manual-combination/#comments Thu, 04 Sep 2014 11:00:07 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=906097 Our biggest complaint surrounding the 2014 Mazda3 was the lack of a stick shift option in the 2.5L, 184-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. We felt that the 155-horsepower 2.0L engine was just too limp for the car’s otherwise excellent chassis, but the lack of a manual with the big motor was a disappointment. No longer. A Mazda […]

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Our biggest complaint surrounding the 2014 Mazda3 was the lack of a stick shift option in the 2.5L, 184-horsepower 4-cylinder engine. We felt that the 155-horsepower 2.0L engine was just too limp for the car’s otherwise excellent chassis, but the lack of a manual with the big motor was a disappointment. No longer. A Mazda […]

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2013 Tokyo Motor Show: Mazda Goes Forward With CNG, Hybrids, Diesels http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/2013-tokyo-motor-show-mazda-goes-forward-with-cng-hybrids-diesels/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/11/2013-tokyo-motor-show-mazda-goes-forward-with-cng-hybrids-diesels/#comments Wed, 20 Nov 2013 00:24:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=656506 Last week,  Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said that the company had no plans for a production Wankel rotary anytime in the near future, though the company most identified with the engine that goes “hmmmm” will continue to do research on rotaries. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda is showing that its future powertrain plans […]

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Last week,  Mazda CEO Masamichi Kogai said that the company had no plans for a production Wankel rotary anytime in the near future, though the company most identified with the engine that goes “hmmmm” will continue to do research on rotaries. Now, at the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda is showing that its future powertrain plans […]

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First Drive Review: 2014 Mazda3 (With Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/first-drive-review-2014-mazda3-with-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/10/first-drive-review-2014-mazda3-with-video/#comments Sat, 19 Oct 2013 16:17:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=582817 The mainstream compact car segment is the perfect example of the infamous “driving appliance.” The Corolla and Civic sell in enormous volume because they are the middle-of-the-road “white bread” option, not in-spite of the vanilla. Unlike many in the automotive press, I don’t find anything wrong with that. In fact, I love me some Wonder […]

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The mainstream compact car segment is the perfect example of the infamous “driving appliance.” The Corolla and Civic sell in enormous volume because they are the middle-of-the-road “white bread” option, not in-spite of the vanilla. Unlike many in the automotive press, I don’t find anything wrong with that. In fact, I love me some Wonder […]

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Short Supply Issues Hamper Mazda Sales Growth http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/short-supply-issues-hamper-mazda-sales-growth/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/short-supply-issues-hamper-mazda-sales-growth/#comments Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:46:49 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=526353 The new 2014 Mazda3 is getting rave reviews for its improved looks to go along with Mazda’s typical best-of-class driving dynamics. Last month, Mazda had its best August sales ever in the United States, with slightly over 28,000 units sold.   However, those August sales were up 6.8%, barely keeping up with overall growth of […]

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The new 2014 Mazda3 is getting rave reviews for its improved looks to go along with Mazda’s typical best-of-class driving dynamics. Last month, Mazda had its best August sales ever in the United States, with slightly over 28,000 units sold.   However, those August sales were up 6.8%, barely keeping up with overall growth of […]

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Capsule Review: 2014 Mazda3 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/capsule-review-2014-mazda3/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/09/capsule-review-2014-mazda3/#comments Tue, 24 Sep 2013 17:42:18 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=523737 For a car company that seems to have a perpetually precarious existence, things are going well at Mazda. Sales of their new range of products, like the CX-5 and the Mazda6, are relatively strong – I say relatively because the Mazda6’s volumes are about 10 percent of the Toyota Camry, and the whole brand sells […]

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For a car company that seems to have a perpetually precarious existence, things are going well at Mazda. Sales of their new range of products, like the CX-5 and the Mazda6, are relatively strong – I say relatively because the Mazda6’s volumes are about 10 percent of the Toyota Camry, and the whole brand sells […]

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Review: 2013 Hyundai Elantra GT (Video) http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/review-2013-hyundai-elantra-gt-video/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/08/review-2013-hyundai-elantra-gt-video/#comments Fri, 02 Aug 2013 21:54:30 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=497508 By pure happenstance I ended up with an Elantra GT immediately after reviewing the 2014 Kia Forte sedan. As I said last week in the Forte review, the Elantra and Forte are related, but this isn’t a case of Korean badge engineering. It’s far more complicated. The Forte is the new kid on the block […]

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By pure happenstance I ended up with an Elantra GT immediately after reviewing the 2014 Kia Forte sedan. As I said last week in the Forte review, the Elantra and Forte are related, but this isn’t a case of Korean badge engineering. It’s far more complicated. The Forte is the new kid on the block […]

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Mazda3 Sedan Leaked Via Russia http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/mazda3-sedan-leaked-via-russia/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/07/mazda3-sedan-leaked-via-russia/#comments Thu, 04 Jul 2013 06:56:42 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=494181   A fourth of July present from our friends at Top Gear Russia, and it’s not Edward Snowden!

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  A fourth of July present from our friends at Top Gear Russia, and it’s not Edward Snowden!

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2015 Mazda3 Revealed http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/2015-mazda3-revealed/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/2015-mazda3-revealed/#comments Wed, 26 Jun 2013 14:34:22 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=493375   The spyshots were right all along. This is the hatch version of the 2015 Mazda3. We’ll get an official look at the car today at 2:30 PM EST, along with technical details. Europe will get 1.5L and 2.0L gasoline SKYACTIV motors making 99, 118 and 163 horsepower respectively. Expect the 2.0 to make it […]

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  The spyshots were right all along. This is the hatch version of the 2015 Mazda3. We’ll get an official look at the car today at 2:30 PM EST, along with technical details. Europe will get 1.5L and 2.0L gasoline SKYACTIV motors making 99, 118 and 163 horsepower respectively. Expect the 2.0 to make it […]

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2015 Mazda3 Presents Itself http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/2015-mazda3-presents-itself/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/2015-mazda3-presents-itself/#comments Thu, 20 Jun 2013 00:59:10 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=492717   Every time we see images of the 2015 Mazda3, it looks better and better. This one, which appeared on a Russian site via Jalopnik, is the clearest image we have yet. It looks like a lower, more compact CX-5. Hopefully it’s not as slow. Mazda is apparently set to reveal the car in New […]

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  Every time we see images of the 2015 Mazda3, it looks better and better. This one, which appeared on a Russian site via Jalopnik, is the clearest image we have yet. It looks like a lower, more compact CX-5. Hopefully it’s not as slow. Mazda is apparently set to reveal the car in New […]

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Is This The Next Mazda3 Hatchback? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/is-this-the-next-mazda3-hatchback/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/06/is-this-the-next-mazda3-hatchback/#comments Mon, 03 Jun 2013 14:26:48 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=490590     The above photo making its way around the internet is supposedly the first uncovered photos of the 2015 Mazda3. Based on prior shots of camo-clad prototypes, it looks like this could be the final design. In any event, we’re likely to see the new 3 sooner rather than later, as our friends at […]

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    The above photo making its way around the internet is supposedly the first uncovered photos of the 2015 Mazda3. Based on prior shots of camo-clad prototypes, it looks like this could be the final design. In any event, we’re likely to see the new 3 sooner rather than later, as our friends at […]

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Mazda Expanding Scalable Platform To B Segment; Does That Mean The Next Yaris Won’t Suck? http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mazda-expanding-scalable-platform-to-b-segment-does-that-mean-the-next-yaris-wont-suck/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/05/mazda-expanding-scalable-platform-to-b-segment-does-that-mean-the-next-yaris-wont-suck/#comments Wed, 22 May 2013 12:00:16 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=489154 A report from Just-Auto suggests that the next Mazda2 will “use [a] downsized CX-5 platform”. While this is technically true, the headline is a bit misleading. The platform used by the Mazda CX-5 is the same platform that underpins the Mazda6 as well as the upcoming Mazda3. Not only will Mazda be using it to […]

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A report from Just-Auto suggests that the next Mazda2 will “use [a] downsized CX-5 platform”. While this is technically true, the headline is a bit misleading. The platform used by the Mazda CX-5 is the same platform that underpins the Mazda6 as well as the upcoming Mazda3. Not only will Mazda be using it to […]

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Weak Yen, New Models, Has Mazda In Reach Of Profitability http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/weak-yen-new-models-has-mazda-in-reach-of-profitability/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/04/weak-yen-new-models-has-mazda-in-reach-of-profitability/#comments Fri, 05 Apr 2013 12:00:15 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=483676 A weak yen and a slew of new models has Mazda within sight of profitability. With Mazda heavily dependent on exports, the yen’s 16 percent decrease in value relative to the U.S. dollar could not have come at a better time for Mazda, as it readies a whole slate of new products for sale. According […]

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A weak yen and a slew of new models has Mazda within sight of profitability. With Mazda heavily dependent on exports, the yen’s 16 percent decrease in value relative to the U.S. dollar could not have come at a better time for Mazda, as it readies a whole slate of new products for sale. According […]

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Analysis: Mazda And The Perils Of Being Premium http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/analysis-mazda-and-the-perils-of-being-premium/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2013/01/analysis-mazda-and-the-perils-of-being-premium/#comments Thu, 31 Jan 2013 15:03:19 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=475859 If you were to read certain outlets, you may have the mistaken impression that Mazda is making a move upmarket. More than one industry gadfly took Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi’s assertion that he wants to see Mazda become a “premium” brand as evidence of managerial incompetence. How could the world’s last independent auto maker have […]

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If you were to read certain outlets, you may have the mistaken impression that Mazda is making a move upmarket. More than one industry gadfly took Mazda CEO Takashi Yamanouchi’s assertion that he wants to see Mazda become a “premium” brand as evidence of managerial incompetence. How could the world’s last independent auto maker have […]

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Mazda Tries To Move Up, Sans Amati http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/mazda-tries-to-move-up-sans-amati/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/11/mazda-tries-to-move-up-sans-amati/#comments Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:37:50 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=467972 The words “Mazda” and “premium” will be forever linked with the stillborn Amati brand in the mind of car enthusiasts. Cancelled at the 11th hour, Amati was supposed to be Mazda’s luxury brand that would go head to head with Infiniti, Lexus and Acura. All we got out of it was the Millenia. With the […]

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The words “Mazda” and “premium” will be forever linked with the stillborn Amati brand in the mind of car enthusiasts. Cancelled at the 11th hour, Amati was supposed to be Mazda’s luxury brand that would go head to head with Infiniti, Lexus and Acura. All we got out of it was the Millenia. With the […]

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British Mag Gets 2014 Mazda3 Photos http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/british-mag-gets-2014-mazda3-photos/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/10/british-mag-gets-2014-mazda3-photos/#comments Thu, 18 Oct 2012 14:31:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=464150 British magazine AutoExpress managed to get its hands on leaked pictures of the 2014 Mazda3. According to the magazine “Print-outs of these pictures were delivered to the Auto Express office in an unmarked envelope, and we’ve scanned them so you can take a look. Mazda UK’s official line is that these are digital renderings, drawn up […]

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British magazine AutoExpress managed to get its hands on leaked pictures of the 2014 Mazda3. According to the magazine “Print-outs of these pictures were delivered to the Auto Express office in an unmarked envelope, and we’ve scanned them so you can take a look. Mazda UK’s official line is that these are digital renderings, drawn up […]

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Ominous Signs For Australia’s Large Rear-Drive Sedans http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/ominous-signs-for-australias-large-rear-drive-sedans/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/07/ominous-signs-for-australias-large-rear-drive-sedans/#comments Thu, 19 Jul 2012 19:12:39 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=453519 As dismissive as I tend to be of the internet product-planning brigade, their constant cries of “Bring rear-drive, V8 full-size Aussie sedans to America” may have some credibility – the market for these cars in Australia seems to be going teats up, with SUVs and small cars taking their place. The Holden Commodore and Ford […]

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As dismissive as I tend to be of the internet product-planning brigade, their constant cries of “Bring rear-drive, V8 full-size Aussie sedans to America” may have some credibility – the market for these cars in Australia seems to be going teats up, with SUVs and small cars taking their place. The Holden Commodore and Ford […]

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Mazda3 SKYACTIV: The Truth Behind The EPA Fuel Economy Numbers http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/mazda3-skyactiv-the-truth-behind-the-epa-fuel-economy-numbers/ http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2012/04/mazda3-skyactiv-the-truth-behind-the-epa-fuel-economy-numbers/#comments Mon, 09 Apr 2012 16:14:21 +0000 http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/?p=438725 Mazda makes fun cars. Too few car buyers care. Mazda has been losing buckets of money. What to do? Mazda is betting that a focus on fuel economy without going hybrid will reverse their fortunes without costing them a fortune. To deliver big mpg gains, and further enhance the driving experience as well, the folks […]

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Mazda makes fun cars. Too few car buyers care. Mazda has been losing buckets of money. What to do? Mazda is betting that a focus on fuel economy without going hybrid will reverse their fortunes without costing them a fortune. To deliver big mpg gains, and further enhance the driving experience as well, the folks […]

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