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18th February, 2011

Making its debut later today, at Canada's Toronto Motor Show, is the 2012 Mazda 3, which, in addition to receiving a facelift, will also offer the option of Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-G petrol engine and SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission when it is launched in Canada later this year. This initial application of Mazda’s SKYACTIV engine and transmission technologies – the first time they will be utilised in a production vehicle – will realise higher torque at low and mid-range engine speeds resulting in better drivability with less fuel consumption in everyday driving.

Mazda Motor Corporation has been developing its new technologies under the SKYACTIV concept and they include completely new petrol and diesel engines, transmissions and vehicle architectures.  Mazda’s SKYACTIV Technologies will be launched successively beginning with the new petrol engine and automatic transmission in 2011.

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Mazda has stated that its goal is to improve fuel efficiency by 30 per cent by 2015 (compared to 2008 levels). This will be accomplished through SKYACTIV Technologies, which focus on improving the efficiency of internal combustion core technologies in association with vehicle weight reduction.  Then, gradually, electrical devices such as idle-stop, regenerative braking and hybrid systems will be introduced to further improve fuel efficiency and reduce CO2 emissions.

In addition to the new SKYACTIV engine and transmission offerings, the 2012 Mazda 3 will receive new front and rear bumpers with a redesigned front grille, fog bezels and front headlamps. New 16 and 17 inch alloy wheels complete the 2012 exterior updates.


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