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2012 Mazda 3 Sedan

CAR GARAGE | 2012 Mazda 3 Sedan | The Mazda 3 model is Mazda's best-selling vehicle worldwide and accounts for nearly half of all Mazda sales in the United States, making the vehicle a prime candidate for introducing SKYACTIV to consumers looking for dynamic performance coupled with high fuel efficiency. "SKYACTIV is not just an engine; it is the next generation of advanced vehicle performance and efficiency," said Jim O'Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations (MNAO). Redesigned for the 2010 model year, the refreshed 2012 Mazda 3 is Mazda's first application of SKYACTIV technologies in North America, receiving an all-new SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine as well as the all-new SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission and all SKYACTIV-MT-new six-speed manual transmission. Additional safety features complete the package.

All Mazda 3 and MAZDASPEED3 models will continue to be equipped with a high level of standard safety features. An optional feature available for 2012 models is a new Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM) system. Standard advanced safety features include six airbags (dual advanced front, front seat-mounted and full-length side curtain) with improved double-chamber side airbags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) with Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD) with Brake Assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with a Traction Control System (TCS), front and rear stabilizer bars, a Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS), a "crushable" brake and accelerator pedal assembly and collapsible steering column, three-point safety belts for all seating positions, front seat belt pretension with force limiters as well as Lower Anchors and Tethers for Children (LATCH). On Mazda 3, the safety is simply not an option.

This mid-generation evolution of the Mazda 3 also extends to its exterior design. Increased aerodynamics and stylized features give the 2012 Mazda 3 a more sophisticated look, blending seamlessly with functionality. Mazda 3 sedan and hatchback models equipped with SKYACTIV-G gasoline engines will be further distinguished with exclusive elements, Such as an all-new engine cover featuring a deep blue metallic paint finish with black sections along either side; headlamp units outfitted with a transparent blue ring around the center lens to emphasize the vehicle's distinctive character; and a badge featuring a "SKYACTIV" logo against a clear-blue background. Aerodynamics plays Heavily to a vehicle's carbon footprint.

The hatchback version has a 0:29 Cd (SKYACTIV-equipped models only), also an increase of approximately seven-percent over the 0:31 Cd of current models. The 16-inch wheel (on all SKYACTIV models) now features 10 twisted-surface spokes, Increased from the current models s seven-spoke design, and the 17-inch wheel (on 2.5-liter s models) is characterized by enlarged openings Between each spokes, creating a look That adds to a lighter yet more dynamic feel. Designs for the 16-inch steel wheels and 18-inch aluminum wheels remain unchanged.

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