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Take a First Look at the all new 2014 Mazda3

Like the latest CX-5 and Mazda 6, it will have some degree of Skyactiv lightweight and fuel-saving technologies built in. Also, as a recent batch of spy photos clearly shows, it will inherit the 6’s and CX-5’s attractive Kodo design language. Stay tuned for more, but based on these leaked images, we can say this: The Mazda 3 is once again one of the most attractive small cars out there.

2014 Mazda 3 - Front Headlight Silhoutette

2014 Mazda 3 – Front Headlight Silhoutette

The next Mazda3, like the recently revamped 6, is a complete departure from the outgoing model, with virtually no lingering Ford DNA whatsoever. Following the anthropometric trend of gradually increasing size, the wheelbase stretches 2.4 inches to 106.3 and the width broadens by 1.6 inches, yielding 2.3 inches of front and 0.4 inch of rear shoulder room. The roofline drops by 0.6 inch for better aerodynamics.

2014 Mazda 3 - Front 3/4

2014 Mazda 3 – Front 3/4

In North America, the 3 will have two available engines. The 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G engine will produce 155 hp at 6000 rpm, and 150 lb-ft at 4000 rpm. The other engine is the 2.5-liter SKYACTIV-G that’s already found in the CX-5 and Mazda6, making 184 hp at 5700 rpm and 185 lb-ft at 3250 rpm. Another cool efficiency trick i-ELOOP brings: capacitors that store energy regenerated by the alternator during braking, another claimed world-first. Mazda’s new i-ELOOP suite of fuel-saving extras also includes active grille shutters that route air around the car except when the radiator absolutely needs it to cool the Skyactiv engines. Either engine comes with a choice of manual or automatic six-speed transmissions.

2014 Mazda 3 - Rear 3/4

2014 Mazda 3 – Rear 3/4

Inside, the big news is the HUD, which Mazda will integrate into all Mazda vehicles going forward as part of a “human-machine-interface” system. That conjures up images of cyborgs, but really the point is to combat driver distraction. We know the HUD display will carry all the normal driving info you’d expect, but it’s not clear what other information will be displayed. A suite of new safety-related “apps” utilizing cameras, millimeter-wave radar, and laser sensors is offered under the i-ACTIVESENSE moniker (maybe the hyphen and shout-case are to keep them out of trouble with Apple?), a pricey option package. Features include high-beam control, blind-spot monitoring, lane-departure warning, forward-obstruction warning, Smart City Brake Support (enhanced or automated braking, when a collision is anticipated at speeds under 19 mph), and radar cruise control.

2014 Mazda 3 - Dashboard layout

2014 Mazda 3 – Dashboard layout

Diesel? No plans to make a SKYACTIV-D version at this point. That could be code for pretty much anything in manufacturer-speak, so we’ll have to wait and see what direction Mazda goes there. Likely the reception of the Mazda6 SKYACTIV-D will be the key factor in a possible diesel Mazda3, but our European and Japanese friends get the diesel engine right off the bat.


Mazda proves that it makes World’s Fastest Convertible

In a clever fashion, Mazda has proved that its MX-5 Miata is the world’s fastest convertible in a drag race set in Southern California.

Lining up against some of the world’s most prestigious convertibles, the Miata took down the likes of the Lamborghini Gallardo, Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport, Ford Mustang V6, and Porsche 911 Carrera.

So how did it achieve this seemingly impossible task? Well, we won’t spoil it for you, so you’ll just have to watch the video below to find out.

Watch a high horsepower RX-7 run up a closed Mountain Road

Though rally driver Ken Block may be the undisputed king of automotive viral videos, drift drivers have been getting into the game recently. Formula Drift’s Vaughn Gittin Jr. took his Ford Mustang RTR to Saudi Arabia for a bit of sideways action, and now “Mad” Mike Whiddett has taken his Mazda RX-7 with about 750 hp up the Crown Range in Queenstown, New Zealand.

New Zealand’s highest paved roadway, the 6.5-mile Crown Range course peaks at 3,530 feet and features 47 corners. The run is a mix of high, medium and low -speed bends that beg to be attacked sideways. Steel barriers flank the road on one side and exposed rock boxes the car in on the other.

The video shows Mad Mike’s Red Bull Mazda RX-7 tackle consecutive hairpin turns, drive flat out over a long straight, and then rein it all back in at the top of the mountain.

2014 Mazda3 is rendered by artist following the brands new Kodo design language

We have to tip our hats to Autoguide.com as they have decided to use some of their graphics budget to pay someone to render what the next generation of the Mazda3 will look like. I’m personally a little pissed as I just purchased a new 2012 Skyactiv Mazda 3 two months ago because of its sporty ride fuel efficient engine and aggressive styling in this case on the Mazda3 sport model.  So when I saw the below artist rendering and loved it really only made me jealous.

An Artists rendering of what the 2014 Mazda3 could look like

Most significant are changes to the front fascia. Gone is the silly gen 2 smiley face and in its place we find a more angular and premium design, similar to that of the newly released Mazda6 images. Rumor has it that the  the new 3 will be an all-new light weight platform. Mazda has committed to reducing the weight of each of its new models by as much as 220 lbs, meaning the base curb weight for the 2014 model should sit around just 2,650 lbs.

The entry level engine on the new 2014 Mazda3 will be the current 2.0-liter 4-cylinder SkyActiv unit that is found in the current SkyActiv model sold today, which are tuned for 155 hp and 145 lb-ft or torque. . The only difference is that the engine bay will be designed to incorporate the 4:2:1 exhaust manifold that should allow the engine to run at 13:1 compression and slightly increase the torque figure to around 155 lb-ft and improve the engine sweet spot. I am even more jealous now as the current engine configuration is ultra sweet and the 6-speed automatic that sends the power to the front wheels is one of the best that I have driven lately and will perform just as well and in most situations better then the leading dual clutch designs that are current for sale.

For those wishing for a powerful Mazda3 that does not have a Mazdaspeed badge on it should be able to opt for a new 2.5-liter SkyActiv engine, which will produce as much as 189-hp in the upcoming 2014 Mazda6. Mazda is also reportedly considering a new 2.2-liter turbo diesel engine option for the US, which during the Mazda6 launch party was said to be able to produce roughly 170 hp and over 300 lb-ft of torque. That engine is confirmed for North America and will arrive in the new mid-size 6 sedan late in 2013. I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these engine as with just under 8000km on my new SkyActiv Mazda3 I’m averaging just over 5.5 L/100km or right around 40 mpg, so I can only imagine what kind of numbers a SkyActiv diesel will be able to achieve.

When more official news gets leaked about the upcoming Mazda3 you can be sure that we will have it here so check back with us frequently and often to catch all of the breaking news.

If you are also interested in seeing the all new 2013 Mazda6 SkyActiv you can read all about it here: “All you need to know about the new 2014 Mazda6

Take a sneak peak at the first images of the 2013 Honda Accord

After months of catching 2013 Honda Accord prototypes, the redesigned midsizer has finally been revealed. The first official 2013 Accord photos show more sophisticated styling that should work in the midsize Honda’s favor when the car rolls into showrooms this fall.

2013 Honda Accord Coupe – Front 3/4 view

Honda has only slightly updated the styling of the previous generation, adding a new sculpted look and a few premium touches. Key design traits are sharper and more focused lines, with the overall design dominated by a bold grille, angular headlights and sweeping character lines running the length of the body.  Honda hasn’t revealed the interior just yet, though we suspect the premium look of the exterior will filter across into the cabin.

2013 Honda Accord Coupe – Rear 3/4 view

Honda hasn’t confirmed Accord powerplants yet, but a direct-injected 2.4-liter four cylinder is anticipated to power most Accords via either a six-speed manual or an all-new CVT. The dual overhead cam 2.4-liter four cylinder is believed to be rated at 181 horsepower and 177 lb-ft. of torque

An updated 3.5-liter V6 mated to a six-speed automatic will be optional for some of the higher-specification trim levels. Though power outputs have not been announced, the engine is rated at 271 horsepower and 254 lb-ft. of torque in the outgoing Accord. Honda has promised class-leading V6 fuel economy, so look for an improvement over the current car’s 20/30 mpg rating.

A plug-in hybrid will also be available, although probably not until the 2014 model year. Look for a 6 kwH lithium-ion battery and a 120 kW electric motor to give an EV-only range of 10-15 miles and a top speed of 62 mph. Recharging will take just four hours when a 240V outlet is used, Honda claims. The electric motor mates to a 2.0-liter gas four-cylinder and a CVT.

2013 Honda Accord Sedan – Front 3/4 view

On the road, an overall aerodynamic shape combined with low-drag exterior surfaces including nearly flush windshield glass, flush-mounted windshield wipers and careful under-body tailoring promise enhanced fuel efficiency. Premium details like available LED daytime running lights, headlights and taillights hint at the sophisticated technology and luxury available inside.

2013 Honda Accord Sedan – Rear 3/4 view

The Accord is a crucial model for Honda; a leader in performance, safety, efficiency and value since its introduction in 1976, the Accord remains one of the top-selling cars in America though its age has seen that popularity drop in recent times. Key rivals in this segment is also some of the stiffest in the auto industry and includes the recently refreshed Ford Fusion, as well as the Chevrolet Malibu and would also included the Hyundai Sonata, Toyota Camry and recently revealed 2014 Mazda 6.

Can you Drive Mazda 2 Around the Inside of a 30ft Barrel?

Read the Full Article here: We can always appreciate car stunts and if you are familiar with our website here you will know that we love posting stunt related videos. Today we are sharing a video of a classic motor cycle stunt that has been performed at carnivals and circus’ since the invention of the internal combustion engine. The stunt is to place a motor cycle inside a circular cage (roof optional) and drive in a circular motion until you have enough momentum to climb up the walls.

The catch with today’s version of this gravity defining stunt is to preform the trick with a much heavier vehicle, the likes of a stock Mazda 2. I knew that the Ford Fiesta/Mazda 2 was a nimble and agile vehicle however I had not idea that it could drive sideways around the inside of a 30 ft diameter barrel.

Hell if you don’t believe me check out the link below and see it for you self.

Choices, Choices, Mazda’s next Gen MX-5 Miata can’t decide which engine to use

Back in December of last year we reported that a new 1.3-liter turbo four pot was the leading contender as the engine of choice for the 2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata.  However it now appears that Mazda has only ruled out some engine options in their quest to fine the perfect power plant for their fun to drive roadster.

Current Mazda MX-5 Miata

In fact Motor Trend reported yesterday on their web site that the new naturally aspirated 1.5-liter Skyactiv engine wasn’t sporty enough for the 2,200 pounder.  They also mentioned that cash strapped Mazda had already ruled out revising the current cars 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four banger due to pour fuel consumption numbers when compared to today’s 40mpg standard.

This makes us wonder if Mazda could even afford to borrow more money for their engine department to do more R & D on another new engine.  They are currently still in the Skyactiv technology fine tuning process on a larger sized engine to be used in the next gen Mazda 6.  Then there are the rumors swirling around about how they are in the preliminary stages of designing a more efficient Skyactiv version of the old 1.3-liter rotary engine that was used in the outgoing RX8 model.  Only Mazda would know if there are enough coins in the coffer to begin development on a engine compromise, say a 1.8-liter Skyactiv four-cylinder or either a 1.3-liter or 1.5liter turbocharged four.

2014 Mazda MX-5 Miata - Artist’s Rendering

Regardless of how Mazda solves their current engine dilemma one point is clear.  The automaker plans on having around 150-hp and a 10-percent increase in fuel economy compared to the current MX-5 which has 22/28 city/highway mpg or 10.7/8.4 L/100km.  Combine that with the fact that the car is a 2,200 lb 2-seeter sports car it would be a lot of fun to drive on the twisty stuff.

You can find our Original December rumor mill article here: “The 2014 Mazda MX-5 to be powered by a 1.3-liter Turbo Engine