Why So Serious? Mazda3 Gets A Grin-ectomy
February 19th, 2011 11:32 AM Share
For 2012, the Mazda3 does away with its grin-grille, by rounding off the corners of its front fascia and beefing up its front “bumper” element. The effect? The 3 looks less like it’s forcing a smile, less like it took a razor to the corners of its mouth in a twisted bid for affection. We’d call it an improvement. The funny part: between this, the death of the “Nagare” look, and the new “Shinari” direction, Mazda’s stylists are finally giving us something to smile about. Now, about that next-generation Mazda3…
Published February 19th, 2011 11:32 AM
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