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ALL-NEW 2014 MAZDA3 NAMED 'BEST COMPACT CAR' BY YAHOO! AUTOS



         ALL-NEW 2014 MAZDA3 NAMED 'BEST COMPACT CAR' BY YAHOO! AUTOS

- Redesigned Compact Car One of 16 Top Models Selected for Car of the Year
Competition -

PR Newswire

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013

IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The completely redesigned 2014
Mazda3 has been named the "Best Compact Car" for 2014, according to Yahoo!
Autos.  From art pad to assembly line, this third-generation Mazda3 is all new
and features the full suite of SKYACTIV®^1 technologies and fluid styling of
the KODO "Soul of Motion" design language.  This 2014 model also receives
all-new game-changing technology with the full suite of active-safety
pre-crash detection systems of i-ACTIVSENSE, which includes class exclusives
Mazda Radar Cruise Control and Smart City Brake Support, the next-generation
in-vehicle connectivity of MAZDA CONNECT™, which features an innovative Active
Driving Display, and the capacitor-based regenerative engine braking i-ELOOP
system.

"Our best-selling vehicle worldwide continues to win over the critics,
impressing not only with its expected dynamics and performance but also with
its top notch fuel economy, all-new technologies and excellent value," said
Jim O'Sullivan, president and CEO, Mazda North American Operations.  "The
Mazda3 has always been competitive within its segment and will continue to
bring its best to the table with the all-new 2014 model."

The Yahoo! Autos' testing methodology rates vehicles based on interior design,
exterior styling, power delivery, ride, handling, fuel efficiency and value. 
Editors also kept in mind how readers might approach these vehicles if their
hard-earned money were at stake.  In its second year, this is the first time
category winners have been announced.

"Even during Silicon Valley rush hour, the five-door Mazda3 continuously made
us smile," said Yahoo! Autos.  "It's plenty peppy, handles brilliantly for a
front-wheel drive hatchback and sports an engaging, well-executed manual
transmission.  Boasting 33 [combined] mpg, and a price tag starting around
$17,000, there really is a Mazda3 for everyone."

Starting at $16,945^2 MSRP for four-door models and $18,945 MSRP for the
five-door, the 2014 Mazda3 is available with two engine choices and two
transmissions.  The SKYACTIV-G 2.0-liter gasoline engine produces 155
horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 150 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, and can be
paired with either the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual or SKYACTIV-Drive
six-speed automatic.  Offering one of the best fuel economy numbers in its
class, four-door models achieve an EPA-estimated 41 highway mpg while
five-doors are rated at 40 highway mpg, regardless of transmission choice.

The larger SKYACTIV-G 2.5L engine boasts 184 horsepower at 5,700 rpm and 185
lb-ft of torque at 3,250 rpm and currently is only available with the
automatic transmission.  However, the six-speed manual has been confirmed to
be added as a transmission selection at a later date.   Four-door models
equipped with the 2.5L are EPA-estimated at 39 highway mpg while five-doors
are EPA-rated at up to 38 highway mpg (with i-ELOOP). 

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 by Mazda Motor de Mexico in
Mexico City.  For more information on Mazda vehicles, including photography
and B-roll, please visit the online Mazda media center at
www.mazdausamedia.com. 

^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

Website: http://www.mazdausa.com
Contact: Beverly Braga, Mazda North American Operations, (949) 727-6751; Eric
Booth, Mazda North American Operations, (949) 727-6144
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