The 2012 Mazda3 made its international debut at the New York Auto Show, boasting a more refined interior and exterior, representing at the same time the first application in North America of Mazda's innovative SKYACTIV fuel-saving and performance-oriented technologies. Thus, the car model achieves 40 mpg on the highway. According to Jim O'Sullivan, Mazda North American Operations, SKYACTIV is not just an engine as it proves to be the next generation of advanced vehicle performance and efficiency, embodying the philosophy of engineering vehicles that are fun to drive and environmental-friendly. SKYACTIV will be available in either the sedan or hatchback models and mated to a standard SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission or optional SKYACTIV-Drive six-speed automatic transmission. The 2012 Mazda3 delivers 155HP at 6,000 rpm and 148 lb-ft of torque at 4,100 rpm.
Fuel economy, which was possible due to the combining of all the best features of the technology in today's transmissions, also gets a boost from the combination of a SKYACTIV engine and transmissions, achieving an EPA rating of 40 mpg on the highway. City mpg for the sedan version also improves by 17 percent to 28 mpg and it gets to 27 city/39 highway when it is equipped with the SKYACTIV-MT six-speed manual transmission.
Providing 167 hp at 6,000 rpm and 168 lb-ft of torque at 4,000 rpm, the MZR 2.5-liter engine is available with a six-speed manual transmission or a five-speed electronically-controlled automatic with manual shift control.
The sporty and exciting handling has provided Maza3 with a solid reputation, emphasizing consistency between the driver's expectations and the car's response. The body of the 2012 Mazda3 also has been further reinforced for greater rigidity, improving upon the current model's already stellar agility and handling stability. Its exterior appearance was improved by a new front fascia and updated five-point grille opening for both sedan and hatchback styles and by the use of more sculpted forms around the openings on the outside edge of the front bumper and a rounded fog lamp shape. The interior proves style and refinement by the use of black throughout the center stack and shift gate to provide an even bolder look, while silver-colored, satin-polished details were added to areas frequently operated by consumers.
Higher trim levels (Touring and Grand Touring) receive a different three-dimensional seat fabric pattern to create a richer expression of quality on the black fabric.
All Mazda3s, regardless of trim level or engine choice, will continue to feature Mazda's own highly rigid safety body structure, which incorporates crushable outer zones that absorb impact energy, and Mazda's Triple H construction, which applies H-shaped reinforcements to the floor, side frames and roof to suppress cabin deformation and minimize the likelihood of bodily injury during an impact.
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