Japan Gets New Mazda3 Mazda Axela. You Get The Pictures

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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Japanese customers can now buy the facelifted Mazda3 with its fuel-efficient SkyActiv technology. Except that it’s called Axela in Japan and has the steering wheel on the wrong side. Pretty much everything that needs to be said about the car already has been. If you missed it, here is the English version of the Japanese press kit. (Now how is that for service?) Mother of all Mazda3 picture collections follows.

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  • Bertel Schmitt Bertel Schmitt on Sep 27, 2011

    I heard it's already here, but maybe I was wrong.

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    • Redav Redav on Sep 27, 2011

      The '12 is on sale--I've seen dealerships with them. However, I have not seen a SkyActiv yet, so I don't think it has made it here yet. Most reports say it will debut in Oct, but that may be optimistic. It seems reasonable that Mazda is keeping most in Japan at first, and then they will start trickling in over here--so give it a couple months and they should become more available. The SkyActiv in the '12 Mazda3 will be a watered-down version. It doesn't have the room for the 4-2-1 exaust, so it will only have a 12:1 compression ratio instead of 13:1 (rest of the world will have 14:1). I don't think the frame/chasis changes will be in this Mazda3, either. The first FULL SkyActiv will be the CX-5 scheduled to be released "early 2012" (probably Mar/Apr). The CX-5 specs will be revealed at the LA Auto Show in Nov. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rtc2EofaRJI This is a video of various styles for a Mazda3 using the Kodo design language. There's no telling when it will be done, but I'm hoping for '14 model year.

  • Elusivellama Elusivellama on Sep 27, 2011

    Official Canadian info is already out for the 2.0 SkyActiv. Here: http://www.torontomazda3.ca/forum/showthread.php?54973-Official-2012-Mazda3-Specs-amp-Features-and-Pricing I see this as more of a gradual intro of SkyActiv tech, with everything becoming available in the next model year when the Kodo design language is used. I really want to see the 3rd gen MS3 though.

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