- Redesigned Third-Generation Model Tops the Compact Car Segment -

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The all-new 2014 Mazda3 was
today awarded a 2014 Residual Value Award for the Compact Car Segment by ALG,
the industry benchmark for residual values and depreciation data. The Mazda
brand held steady with its overall industry ranking by again placing fifth
among all brands for predicted resale value.

"We are honored to be recognized by ALG with a distinction that speaks volumes
not only to the quality, dependability, reliability and value of the 2014
Mazda3 but also to the overall strength of the Mazda brand," said Jim
O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). "With
a slew of new products in the pipeline to follow the success of our all-new
SKYACTIV®^^[1] offerings the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5, we're excited for what
the future holds."

The annual ALG Residual Value Awards recognize automakers' outstanding
achievements for vehicles that are predicted to retain the highest percentage
of their original price after a conventional three-year period. Awards are
given in 24 vehicle categories and also for the two brands with the highest
overall predicted residual values among all mainstream and all premium
vehicles. This year's awards are based on 2014 model year vehicles.

"The Mazda3's combination of style, technology, fuel economy and fun-to-drive
attitude makes it one of the most complete vehicles in the segment," said Eric
Lyman, Vice President of Editorial, ALG. "With modest price increases, it's
poised to have the level of success that gave the first generation such
incredible retention."

Award winners are determined through careful study of the competition in each
segment, historical vehicle performance and industry trends. Vehicle quality,
production levels relative to demand as well as pricing and marketing
strategies present key factors that impact ALG's residual value forecast.

Previous ALG Residual Value Awards winners for Mazda were the 2012 Mazdaspeed3
(Sporty Car), 2011 CX-9 (Mid-Size Utility) and 2010 Mazda3 (Compact Car).

On sale since September, the 2014 Mazda3 starts at $16,945^[2] MSRP and is
offered with two engine choices, two transmissions, two body styles (four- and
five-door) and a cornucopia of features and options not expected of the
compact car segment, which will keep consumers (and their pocketbooks) happily

Completely redesigned, the 2014 Mazda3 features the full suite SKYACTIV
technologies – an umbrella term for Mazda's proprietary engineering of
performance-oriented, fuel-saving engine, transmission, body and chassis
components. The brand's best-selling vehicle worldwide with more than 3.5
million units sold, this third-generation model continues to defy convention
with an EPA-rated 41 MPG, one of the best in the segment, as well as all-new
technology with i-ACTIVSENSE safety-oriented segment-first features, the
energy-conserving regenerative engine braking i-ELOOP and a savvy
HMI/infotainment MAZDA CONNECT™ system.

The standard engine on i-designated trims (SV, Sport, Touring and Grand
Touring) is the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine, which produces 155
horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm. For
s-designated trims, the larger SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine will be
standard equipment and boasts 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185 lb-ft of
torque at 3,250 rpm.

Fuel economy for all four-door models featuring the SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter
engine is rated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) at 29
city/41 highway/33 combined mpg (6MT) and 30 city/41 highway/34 combined mpg
(6AT). Five-door models are EPA-rated at 29 city/40 highway/33 combined mpg
with a manual transmission and 30 city/40 highway/33 combined mpg when
equipped with an automatic.

The SKYACTIV-G 2.5-liter gasoline engine is reserved for s models, which are
available only in Touring and Grand Touring trims. At launch, the
SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission will be the only transmission
available, but the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual is confirmed to be offered at
a later date.

EPA-estimated fuel economy for the s sedans is 28 city/39 highway/32 combined
mpg. Five-doors are estimated to achieve 27 city/37 highway/31 combined mpg,
or 28 city/38 highway/32 combined mpg with i-ELOOP. All i and s Mazda3
vehicles deliver their fuel economies equipped with standard temporary spare

About ALG
Headquartered in Santa Barbara, Calif., with an office in Toronto, Ontario,
ALG is a leading provider of insights and consulting services to the
automotive industry. ALG is the benchmark for residual value projections in
North America, publishing residual values for all vehicles in the U.S. and
Canada. ALG has been forecasting automotive residual values for nearly 50
years in both the U.S. and Canadian markets. For more information, visit 

About Mazda North American Operations
Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and
oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda
vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700
dealers.Operations in Mexico are managed byMazdaMotor de Mexico in
MexicoCity. For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography
and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at

[1] SKYACTIV is a registered trademark of Mazda Motor Corporation (MC).

[2] Starting price is manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) for lowest
trim level. MSRP does not include $795 destination charge (Alaska $840),
title, taxes, license, options and dealer charges. Actual prices set by dealer
and may vary.

SOURCE Mazda North American Operations

Contact: Beverly Braga, Mazda North American Operations, +1-949-727-6751 OR
Eric Booth, Mazda North American Operations, +1-949-727-6144
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