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Mazda Tweet Confirms New Rotary Models

October 17th, 2011

Mazda appears to have addressed the “Will they or won’t they?” rumors regarding further development of the rotary engine and the answer seems to be that they will. A tweet from the automaker’s Japanese Twitter account contained the following statement, translated from the original Japanese:

“Thank you so much for all your supportive messages concerning the RX-8 and the rotary engine! We are also excited. Mazda is aiming to achieve a breakthrough with the Skyactiv technology, and we are zealously working on new models to house the next generation rotary engine. Thank you for your continued support!”

Of course, the tweet has already fueled speculation on what type of Wankel-powered models Mazda might be working on and when they could appear. Stay tuned for more details.

Lower Prices, Efficiency Highlight 2012 Mazda3

October 17th, 2011

They say good things come in threes, and that will certainly be the case with the 2012 Mazda3. The best-selling model in the Mazda lineup was significantly refreshed for the new model year, with the lineup adding the automaker’s breakthrough Skyactiv powertrain technology while removing hundreds of dollars from its starting price.

It all starts with the Mazda3 i SV sedan, with an MSRP of $15,200—$600 less than the 2011 model.

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Mazda Announces Mazda3 Skyactiv Pricing

October 10th, 2011

Mazda has finally released pricing on the updated 2012 Mazda3, which features the automaker’s all-new SKYACTIV powertrain technology. The base Mazda3 i SV sedan now carries an MSRP of $15,200. This model comes equipped with the previous generation 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that’s good for 148-horsepower.

Stepping up to the Mazda3 i Touring — priced from $18,450 — will give drivers the chance to sample the all-new SKACTIV 2.0-liter engine. This four-cylinder engine is EPA-rated to achieve 40 mpg on the highway.

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Mazda Sales Soar In September

October 5th, 2011

Good news: if you’re looking to buy a Mazda, you’re in good company. Mazda had strong sales last month, selling 25,521 vehicles, up 37.4 percent versus September, 2010. Additionally, year to date sales are up 9.5 percent compared to the same period last year.

Among Mazda’s strongest sellers was the CX-7 crossover, which racked up 4,909 sales, up 90.8 percent. The larger CX-9 garnered 4,201 sales, up by 73.6 from last year. Mazda’s crossovers and SUVs continue to see demand, as they’ve reported best-ever monthly sales.

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AutoWeek Drives The Mazda CX-5 Crossover

October 5th, 2011

The folks at AutoWeek got their hands on a CX-5 prototype to get a feel for Mazda’s latest all-new model.

Although the CX-5 marks a new segment for Mazda, the biggest news is what’s under the hood. The CX-5 receives the automaker’s all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder SKYACTIV-G engine that features direct injection and variable valve timing. The engine itself is lighter than similar Mazda engines, and it benefits from greater fuel efficient and lower emissions thank the outgoing four-cylinder engine it replaces.

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