Mazda CX-3 now on sale in Japan with 1.5-liter diesel

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Feb 27, 2015
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TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Mazda CX-3 now on sale in Japan

The Mazda CX-3 subcompact crossover is now on sale in Japan, with prices ranging from 2,376,000 yen (nearly P900,000) to 3,024,000 yen (P1.116 million), including tax.

For its home market, the CX-3 is equipped exclusively with the Skyactiv-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engine that's paired with either the Skyactiv-Drive automatic or the Skyactiv-MT manual transmission depending on the variant. For the mill, Mazda also developed the "Natural Sound Smoother," which supposedly reduces the familiar "diesel knock sound" combustion noise that plagues all oil-burning engines. According to the Japanese carmaker, the CX-3 is the first vehicle in the world to adopt this technology, "which both refines the engine sound and makes the vehicle quieter when running." The all-wheel-drive variants of the CX-3 also come with Mazda's new-generation i-Activ all-wheel-drive system.

"Our aim for the development of the CX-3 was to create the standard for a new era," said Mazda CX-3 program manager Michio Tomiyama. "Rather than focusing on spec-sheet values, we went back to the drawing board and asked ourselves what the essential values people seek in a car are, and created this new model with a combination of Mazda's latest technology and design. The CX-3 works in any scene, from inner-city driving to enjoying the great outdoors, and it will enable customers to express their unique individuality, unencumbered by other people's sense of values. I am certain that this car will exceed customers' expectations and add stimulation to their active lifestyle for many years to come."

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