Mazda has made huge gains in its competitive set with the introduction of its Skyactiv technologies, and the Japanese automaker appears to have no plans on slowing down. While we're still waiting for the Mazda6 Skyactiv-D diesel to go on sale in the US, Mazda announced that it will debut new Skyactiv-Hybrid and Skyactiv-CNG versions of the Mazda3 (standard US-spec model shown above) at next month's Tokyo Motor Show.

Matching up with what we heard earlier in the summer, the Mazda3 Skyactiv-Hybrid is intended for Japan only, but there are no details about this system regarding fuel economy, electric components or specs. Likewise, there are no details for the Mazda3 Skyactiv-CNG Concept, which is a bi-fuel version of the car running on both gasoline and compressed natural gas. As this car's name suggests, the CNG model is a concept vehicle, and there is no indication that Mazda plans offering such a model here in the US.

In addition to these two vehicles, Mazda will also have an Atenza (Mazda6) on display showing off some vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) safety systems, called the ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle). Scroll down for Mazda's official press release.
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MAZDA TO EXHIBIT ALL-NEW MAZDA3 POWERTRAIN DERIVATIVES AT TOKYO MOTOR SHOW

-World premiere of all-new Mazda3 powertrain derivatives including SKYACTIV-CNG concept and hybrid version
-All-new Mazda3 offered as "multi-solution"


Mazda will showcase the recently launched Mazda3 with a variety of engine types at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show. The latest model is now offered as a 'multi-solution' in response to diversifying fuel types. Beside news on the already released SKYACTIV gasoline, hybrid (for Japan) and diesel-engine models, the Japanese carmaker presents for the first time a Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept, which runs on compressed natural gas (CNG). Alongside new-generation models, the displays show Mazda's most recent technologies and hint at the direction of future models. The 43rd Tokyo Motor Show opens to the public on November 23 at Tokyo Big Sight.*

The Mazda3 is a core model in the Mazda line-up accounting for more than thirty per cent of the company's global sales volume, and it is the third of Mazda's new generation vehicles to be completely redesigned. Mazda is proposing the new Mazda3 as a 'multi-solution.' Capable of using a diverse range of energy sources, every model still offers Mazda's trademark fun-to-drive experience. Furthermore, regardless of fuel-type, all models in the Mazda3 line-up feature SKYACTIV engines - a testament to the versatility of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY.

Based on an increasing demand for CNG-powered vehicles, the SKYACTIV-CNG Concept adopts a dual fuel system that runs on both gasoline and CNG. Since CNG engines burn fuel at high pressure and the SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine already achieves a high compression ratio it can easily be modified for CNG with only minor modifications.

Vehicles with CNG engines reduce emissions by about 20 per cent compared to those with gasoline engines of the same displacement.

The SKYACTIV-HYBRID models - on sale only for Japan - pair an electric motor with a specially-designed 2.0-liter SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine. It realizes both exhilarating driving performance and outstanding fuel economy performance.

Also on stage in Tokyo is the Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) ASV-5 which is equipped with futuristic safety systems. In a world-first, one of these systems enables automobiles with an in-car autonomous sensor to communicate with streetcars, helping to prevent collisions and support a smooth and safe flow of traffic.

Lists of exhibits

Reference exhibits:
Mazda3 Sport SKYACTIV-D 2.2 [2 units] On sale Jan 2014
Mazda3 SKYACTIV-CNG Concept World premiere
Special Edition Mazda Demio (Mazda2) On sale Dec 2013
Mazda Atenza (Mazda6) ASV-5 (Advanced Safety Vehicle)

Currently available models: Mazda3 Sport (SKYACTIV-G 2.0 & 1.5) [3 units]; Mazda3 Hybrid (SKYACTIV-HYBRID) [2 units]; Mazda Atenza Sedan and Wagon (Mazda6) [2units]; Mazda CX-5 [2 units]; Mazda Premacy (Mazda5); Mazda Biante Granz (special needs vehicle); Mazda Roadster (MX-5); and Mazda Flairwagon Custom micro-mini

Technology exhibits: Interior model of the all-new Mazda3, SKYACTIV-HYBRID engine model, SKYACTIV-D 2.2 engine model, etc.

In addition to the above, Mazda will also participate in the SMART MOBILITY CITY 2013 exhibition organized by the SMART MOBILITY CITY 2013 executive committee and the Japan Automobile Manufacturers Association.

* Press days are November 20 and 21, 2013. Mazda will hold a press conference at 11:15 a.m. on November 20, 2013.


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      Bruce Lee
      • 1 Year Ago
      Mazda, please bring the start-stop system here to the US even if only as an option. People who do mostly city driving are getting shafted on the fuel economy with the half-hearted skyactiv you've brought over. You don't have to offer it stock because the EPA doesn't seem to show the benefit but come on, customers aren't idiots, at least offer it as an option!
      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Speed 3 where?! Hurry it up, Mazda. Although now that I think about it, I would not sell my current 2010 MS3 until after the 2nd or 3rd model year of the gen 3 MS3. My 2010 is a first year production car, built in Sept 2009 in fact, but the only problem I've had so far were the halogen DRLs causing heat damage to the headlights (replaced under warranty, and LED DRLs swapped in 10 mins after I got it back from the dealer). Still, if the engine is going to be a new SkyActiv-based one, I'd feel safer waiting until then.
      lettuce
      • 1 Year Ago
      One of the ugliest cars I have ever seen.
      Ryan Rogers
      • 1 Year Ago
      I test drove one of these yesterday. If you haven't, get down to a Mazda dealer and check one out. What a sweet driving car! I fell in love...just have to convince the wife! I drove an auto (we need to replace one of our stickshifts with an auto for my wife), but I was perfectly happy with it. I thought the heads-up was a little goofy at first, but I realized while driving around that I was using it 100% of the time, instead of the normal speedo below. I am a little worried that it might break though...it goes up and down every time you turn the car on/off. Plenty of go when you press the pedal, and the steering is beautiful. The only thing I'm not totally in on is the wheels. As much as I'm not a fan of the minimal sidewall we have on everything now, I feel like it needs a slightly larger wheel...which I hate...but I think it would look better. I'm totally a fan of this car, though. And that is coming from a VW fanboy. (It was the 2.5 in touring trim BTW)
        Joey Franklin
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ryan Rogers
        I was considering a 2.5 touring sedan but the front overhang just looks a little long in some pictures, i definitely prefer rwd cars also but heard this one handles great. I\'ll check it out in a few months but i\'m in no hurry to trade my current car.
      prighello
      • 1 Year Ago
      Come on Mazda where's the Speed3 version?
        Justin Shaw
        • 1 Year Ago
        @prighello
        http://m.autoblog.com/photos/mazdaspeed3-renderings/
        bK
        • 1 Year Ago
        @prighello
        Mazda will be stupid not to come out with the MS3
      bK
      • 1 Year Ago
      Bring the skyactive-D and the hybrid version of the 3 here and you win.
      • 1 Year Ago
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