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Mazda has received a tremendous amount of public and industry praise in the last few years, following up the successful introduction of its Skyactiv technology (powertrain and otherwise), with strong products like CX-5, Mazda6 and most recently, the Mazda3. At the Tokyo Motor Show, Mazda has taken yet another step forward with Skyactiv and the 3, showing the compact (called "Axela" in Japan) with an all-new compressed natural gas engine in the Skyactiv-CNG Concept.

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While the Tokyo Motor Show is a stage for the world's manufacturers to strut their production models, the Tokyo Auto Salon allows designers and engineers to stretch their legs with custom hardware. This year, Mazda is bringing 10 special models to the Tokyo Auto Salon, including a custom version of the recently-released CX-5.

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SkyActiv for the win, says Mazda Motor with the Japanese launch of the facelifted Axela (known overseas as the Mazda3). The updated Axela is Mazda's second model in Japan to feature the automaker's groundbreaking SkyActiv technology; the first was the recently launched Mazda Demio (Mazda2). There's fresh efficiency tech in the revamped Axela, too, since it's Mazda's first vehicle to feature the automaker's SkyActiv-G 2.0-liter, direct-injected gasoline engine and SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automat

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In Japan it's the Axela (above), but we know it as the Mazda3, and this morning, Mazda announced that it's built a million of them.

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