Staff Writer - CheersandGears.com
September 25, 2012
Mazda is in a bit of bind in the U.S. Marketplace with profit and sales falling and falling. To help fight back, Mazda has been in the process of launching new models (CX-5 and the upcoming Mazda6). Now, some new information has come out for Mazda's most important model, the Mazda3.
Car & Driver reports that the next 3 will utilize the same lightweight platform as the CX-5 crossover. Power will also come from the CX-5, a 2.0L SKYACTIV four-cylinder with 155 HP. There is speculation that diesel engine could make its way under the hood of the 3.
The next-generation 3 will drop the smiley face on the current model and utilize the Kodo design language. Inside, the 3 will have a strong resemblance to the interiors of Mazda's latest vehicles.
The 3 will be produced in a new factory in Mexico, helping Mazda avoid some of the strong Japanese Yen.
Source: Car & Driver
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