Following exciting new models like the 2013 CX-5 and 2014 Mazda6, Mazda is getting ready to introduce the next generation of its high-volume compact, the Mazda3. After talking to several of Mazda's dealers, Automotive News is reporting that the automaker is planning to introduce its new compact this fall, which is earlier than what was originally reported.

Aside from what we've seen in recent spy shots and what appeared to be a full-scale design mockup back in October, there is little information about the third-generation 3, but we can see that the car will get plenty of cues from Mazda's stylish Kodo design language, and we expect even more technologies from the company's SkyActiv efficiency program to come to bear. AN says that Mazda is hoping to top 300,000 sales this year in the US, and the sooner Mazda can replace the current aging 3, the better chances it has at reaching that goal.


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      Mazdafreak
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's unfortunate that Mazda builds great cars (like the '3, 2014 '6, or CX-5) and consumers continue to sleepwalk to Honda and Toyota dealers. Nothing against Honda or Toyota, but Mazda seems to put a lot more passion into their cars - I mean, sit in a new Corolla. It feels extremely brittle, whereas the Mazda3 feels solid and ready to go. I certainly hope consumers will start to actually see that there are better cars on the road, but it actually might be better for Mazda to remain how they are: a smaller brand that makes great cars with a loyal following. A sales increase would certainly benefit them (they need the money), but as Honda and Toyota demonstrated, the best selling cars often aren't the best cars.
        jwhazel
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mazdafreak
        Not sure which 3 you are referring to. I was ready to buy one last fall simply based on research and when I sat in it, it felt like a childs toy. Whole cockpit was cheap looking and awkwardly laid out, steering wheel might as well of had a full qwerty keyboard on it to go along with the obscene amount of buttons it already had, seats felt like economy office chairs you buy in bulk. One short drive around the block was enough to convince me that the car that was once on top of my list was now on the bottom. I ended up with a Honda. That said, I really want to like Mazda. The new Mazda 6 looks great and I'm hoping this new 3 is just as good. I desperately want a hatchback and to date no one has made one for under $25k that has impressed me.
          Hello, Brian
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jwhazel
          Interesting that you ended up with a Honda. I hope it wasn\'t the Civic. The 2012 Civic\'s interior quality is far worse than the 3, and it handles only slightly better than a Corolla....and you talk about an awkward layout...
          Mazdafreak
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jwhazel
          To be honest, I have only ridden in one Mazda3. It was a 2010 Grand Touring hatch (the Grand Touring is the top-of-the-line Mazda3) and while there was a lot of plastic, it felt like the high-quality plastic that should be in cars. I think that this Mazda3 will probably have a higher-quality interior than the current one. I imagine the interior will look like the 2014 '6, so while it won't be a groundbraking design, it will be simple-yet-practical.
          Peter Park
          • 1 Year Ago
          @jwhazel
          I wonder which version of 3 you test-drove, because to be honest, if I sat down in a automatic, sedan model back in 2011 when I was looking for a car, I would've left the Mazda dealership and went back and bought Kia Optima. But when I sat in an automatic, 5-door Mazda3, I knew it was my car. Well, except the transmission. So, I waited patiently for a manual, and now, I'm loving every minute I drive that thing. Ever since then I've been telling everyone how awesome Mazda3 is. Then, when I drove a 2013 Skyactiv Mazda3 sedan from the dealership while they worked on my car, I couldn't believe they were the same Mazda3. It had cheap feeling that just wasn't fun. I was really glad that wasn't my car. Real shame I didn't pickup Mazdaspeed3.. It would've been a blast.
        360_AD
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mazdafreak
        Perception of quality with Honda and Toyota. Yet I see broken down Toyotas on the side of the road daily.
      Dean
      • 1 Year Ago
      Having logged extensive drive time in both the first, and second, generation Mazda3, I have to say that this is one of the few, fun to drive, (relatively) small, Japanese cars on the market. I hope this new one doesn't lose any of the driving dynamics of the previous ones. Honda's Civic was relatively fun back in the late 90's, and certain Corolla versions weren't mind-numbingly boring in the 80's, but somewhere over the years, Honda, and Toyota have lost their way, and they could learn a lot from the 3. It may not be rear-wheel-drive, and diesel (at least not in the US market), but at least you can still get a wagon with a stick.
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dean
        I still remember my parents 1992 Civic, what a blast. I had a Dodge Colt turbo which was faster but could not even come close to the handling of the Civic despite having much larger tires.
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      hoping this will be as good as the new mazda 6! keep up the good work mazda!
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Three questions: 1) Where will it be made? 2) Will there be a 'speed variant? 3) Which size SkyActiv-G engine will they use for a turbo variant?
        thequebecerinfrance
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        The MazdaSpeed AWD version version will be getting the Ferrari F12 engine. Wet dreams...
        Armand
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        1) 2013 Mazda3 will be made in Mexico 2) Yes, but may be slightly later than 2014 3) Remains to be seen. There are rumors (at this point) of them bringing SkyActive-D (diesel) to compact segment in 2015-16 but nothing confirmed yet. They're basically testing out the waters with diesels in 6 and CX-5 first.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Armand
          The Mexican plant won't be finished until 2014, so you can expect them to start making the 2015 model year. Mazda said that the SkyActiv engines are not designed or intended for forced induction. A Speed3 engine may have entirely different DNA.
          sukispeed
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Armand
          You mean the 2014 will be made in Mexico, the 2013 are being produced in Japan.
          Gorgenapper
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Armand
          1) Not gonna lie, I'm concerned about the production moving to Mexico, at least for the first and second year of production until the workers become familiar enough with assembling the vehicle. Mexico has proven that it can produce quality vehicles (heck, the NY subway streetcars/trains are made in Mexico, I believe), but in this case we still have the perception that vehicles made in Japan are of higher build quality than those produced in Mexico. 2) Hmm. Well, no rush... my 2010 MS3 is still good, and will likely become faster and better handling once I get the mods I want on it (shocks and springs, freer-flowing catback exhaust, possibly a BNR stage 3 turbo). We'll see. 3) Yeah, I heard of SkyActiv-D MS6 rumors, and also rumors of the same engine making its way into a MS3. I personally feel that the speed variants should always get a turbo 4 so you can have high HP and TQ, fuel economy being a tertiary consideration, but ... we'll see.
      Seven Eigh8 Si6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I am really liking the new Mazda designs, and can't wait for the new 3 to show up.
      Hedo D
      • 1 Year Ago
      So will there be a new Mazda5 van as well?
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Great.
      Hello, Brian
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks promising!
      carguy1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      According to someone who works at a Mazda dealer, we'll be seeing the new 3 soon (New York, maybe).
      L1011
      • 1 Year Ago
      My eyes were immediately drawn to the long nose. So far, I'm not liking what I'm seeing. Last October I was holding out for news that Mazda would announce the new 3 with the Sky-D. I ended up buying a Golf TDI. Turns out I'd still be waiting seeing as Mazda is redefining the word forever in releasing their Sky-D to the USA. They *STILL* haven't announced the CX-5 Sky-D. That model would sell so well here in the US, but Mazda just can't seem to get their act together. I hope the new 3 looks better once the camo is off.
      EUniqe
      • 1 Year Ago
      CX-5 exciting? LLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL
      Armand
      • 1 Year Ago
      I was considering Mazda3 as my next car until I found out they're moving production from Japan to Mexico for 2014 models. Nothing against the Mexicans, but I won't support arrangement where they pay autoworkers $2/hour while padding the executive bonuses. Oh, and zero savings will be passed onto consumers, I bet the price will even increase slightly next year. Thanks, Mazda, but no thanks!
        J
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Armand
        Is there any evidence that they'll just be padding the Exec's wallets? I mean, hasn't Mazda been struggling to make money lately? Maybe it's the only way for them to keep the price reasonable and actually make a decent profit.
          Greg
          • 1 Year Ago
          @J
          Japanese execs get paid peanuts compared to their US equivalents.
        axiomatik
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Armand
        Considering that Mazda is losing money on cars sold in the US due to the dollar/yen exchange rate, I doubt that the savings are going to be padding any execs wallets. More like returning Mazda to profitability. Current Mazda pricing is actually padding the wallets of their customers.
        piggybox
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Armand
        The Mexico plant won't be ready until Spring 2014, so this new Mazda3 won't be built there, at least for this year.
          6thGear
          • 1 Year Ago
          @piggybox
          The next Mazda3 will be produced in both Japan and Mexico for the American market, the Mexican volume is to supplement what is coming out of Japan not replacing it. Spring 2014 is the end of the current Mazda fiscal year and not a date for the Mexican plant to be operational. Mazda stated the plant would be ready within the fiscal year ending March 2014.
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