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Kia proudly biulds its Sorrento in West Point, Georgia.


West Point, Ga., Oct. 22, 2013 – Together with local suppliers, Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is responsible for the creation of more than 14,000 jobs in West Point and surrounding areas. Today, another KMMG supplier added to the localization of jobs when Hyundai Dymos, who will be supplying seats to KMMG, held a groundbreaking ceremony at its 31-acre site on Kia Parkway in West Point.

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West Point Georgia

Hyundai Dymos will employ an estimated 350 team members when production begins in 2014 and is the latest of several expansions and groundbreakings among KMMG suppliers since the plant began production less than four years ago.

“Kia’s success in the U.S. market has led to tremendous growth at the plant and within our local suppliers,” said Byung Mo Ahn, Group President and CEO for Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia. “We continue to be inspired by the hard work and commitment to excellence shown by our KMMG team members and the team members of our suppliers in this region.”

Hiring is expected to begin at Hyundai Dymos in January.

About KMMG

Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) is the first manufacturing site in North America for Kia Motors Corporation based in Seoul, Korea. With an annual capacity of 360,000 units, KMMG is located on 2,200 acres in West Point, Georgia, and began mass production on Nov. 16, 2009. KMMG is home to the Sorento CUV and the Optima mid-size sedan, two of the brand’s top selling models in the U.S.

A Word from Byung Mo Ahn

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Byung Mo Ahn

I want to take the time to thank you for visiting this site and to tell you a few things about Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia, Inc. (KMMG) and the Kia brand in the United States.

We are extremely proud to call KMMG the home for the Kia Sorento and Kia Optima in the U.S. Both vehicles continue to lead the way for the Kia brand.

It is a wonderful time to be associated with this brand and the proof is in our record-breaking sales numbers and the many accolades our products continue to receive. We are truly building a world class product here at KMMG.

The dedication our team members have for building a top quality vehicle at an affordable price is second to none. We are maximizing our momentum with much more to come from the Kia brand and this facility in the months and years ahead.

We appreciate the time you have spent with us today and want to remind you to visit www.Kia.com or one of our more than 765 dealerships in the U.S. for more information on our products.

Sincerely,

Byung Mo Ahn,
Group President and CEO
Kia Motors America and Kia Motors Manufacturing Georgia

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Posted by on October 30, 2013 in Automotive, news, Uncategorized, Video Blog

 

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Welcome to Sustainable sports cars – video blog

Welcome to “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom”

In March 2007, Mazda announced the “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” plan, detailing the company’s long-term vision for technology development. This vision commits us to make “cars that always excite, look inviting to drive, are fun to drive, and make you want to drive them again,” and to help achieve “an exciting, sustainable future for cars, people and the Earth”. Based on this plan, in June 2008, we announced that by 2015 we intend to make a 30 percent improvement on the 2008 average fuel economy of Mazda vehicles sold worldwide.

Building Block – Strategy – Contributing as it expands

In recent years, new electric devices have been introduced that have led to the development of automobiles such as hybrids and electric vehicles. We have entered an era in which performance delivered by the traditional technologies such as engine, transmission, body, chassis and other vehicle parts is being augmented through their combination with electrical components. Nevertheless, it is forecast that internal combustion engines will still account for a high percentage of automobile powertrains even as far ahead as 2020.

Anticipated expansion in adoption of environmental technologies (up to 2020)

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Consequently, Mazda is prioritizing improvements of the base technologies such as improvement in thermal efficiency of an engine and weight reduction for the vehicle body while adopting a Building Block Strategy of gradually introducing electric devices such as brake energy regeneration system, hybrid and other systems. This approach aims to effectively reduce total CO2 emissions with cars that offer a winning combination of driving pleasure and excellent environmental and safety performance to all our customers, without relying heavily on vehicles that are strictly dedicated to meeting environmental needs.

Building Block Strategy

Mazda Taiki Concept

mazda, concept carEver seen a car styled like a celestial maiden’s robes? Mazda says that’s the design inspiration for the Mazda Taiki, a rear-wheel-drive sports-car concept that will debut at the Tokyo auto show in October.

Like the Nagare, Ryuga, and Hakaze concepts before it, the Taiki has a flowing, aerodynamic form that follows Mazda’s new “flow” styling concept.

In Japanese, taiki means atmosphere, a fitting name for the light, aerodynamic body. The concept is part of the “Sustainable Zoom-Zoom” theme Mazda plans to emphasize in Tokyo.

The skirted rear wheels are outset from the body, and an all-glass canopy wraps around the driver and passenger. The stretched two-seater’s interior continues the flowing design theme.

Power for the Taiki will come from a new version of the Renesis rotary engine used in the RX-8 sports car. Mazda engineers say they have bumped displacement up to 1.6 liters (from 1.3 liters) and used direct-injection to increase torque output across the power band. This should allow them to create an even sportier car that is a little easier on the environment.

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Scores of 1940s-1950s Cars Found New In A Closed Dealership – Video/Audio Blog

A Cacophony of Classic Cars Heads To Auction

Lambrecht Chevrolet of Pierce, Neb., was like many Midwestern, small-town dealers — owned and operated by a family, with minimal overhead and little need for advertising since most customers were neighbors. Ray and Mildred Lambrecht ran the dealership with just one employee for 50 years before closing up, and later this year the Lambrechts will sell off a trove of 500-odd vehicles they’ve held onto over the decades — including roughly 50 with less than 10 miles on their odometers. It’s less a car sale than a time capsule auction.

While many of the cars in the Lambrecht collection were customer trade-ins that were left outside to rot, the Lambrechts would occasionally take something they couldn’t sell and just put it in storage. City folk might find it unthinkable to leave so many vehicles lying around for so many years, but there’s always more space in rural Nebraska, and the annual costs fall to zero quickly. I wouldn’t call it hoarding, but I know many people who gather old metal like this do form an attachment to their kingdom of rust; every ride has a story, even when there’s weeds growing around it. Jeannie Lambrecht Stillwell, the Lambrecht’s daughter, says the decision to sell wasn’t an easy one for her parents, and that the cars “comprise a lifetime of hard work, tears, and joy.”

Fortunately for collectors, the Lambrechts preservation-through-neglect has created the type of barn finds that many search years to discover. Among the dozen low-miles pickups sits a 1956 Chevrolet Cameo pickup with an odometer reading of just over one mile, and a 1964 Chevy Impala with six miles that still has its original window sticker and the plastic sheeting that covered its red leather seats. Although even ardent Corvette fans look askance at the late ’70s models, the ’78 version here with five miles has an appeal that’s grown over time.

The rest of the 500-car list reads like an inventory of popular models from the ’50s and ’60s — Bel Airs, Corvairs and even a couple of Vegas — which the VanDerBrink Auction company is still documenting ahead of the sale in Pierce on Sept. 28-29, along with dozens of pieces of memorabilia, hubcaps and even a Corvette pedal car. You can see the auctioneer take a walk though the Lambrechts’ garage below:

Car collectors dream about finding a forgotten “new” classic car, discovered in a barn  or warehouse somewhere, covered in dust. This is that dream, only 500 times better….

A small-town Midwestern dealership in Pierce, Nebraska sold Chevrolets to local families  and first-time buyers for 50 years until it’s husband and wife team finally closed their doors seventeen years ago. Since then, a staggering inventory of 500 surviving cars, new & used, have been stored away, undriven for decades. Some 50 cars “brand new” Chevrolets from the 1950s and 60s have less than 10 miles on the odometer.

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American “Yank Tanks” Invade England – Video Blog


“The American Automobile Club International is one of many Yank Tank enthusiast organizations in England. I was introduced to this outfit by my cousin Nigel. He’s a born and bred Brit, and along with several of his local pals, are committed to cars that were Born in the USA. The AAC-I was having a big gig at a large regional park a few hours out of London, and I went along (in his ’98 Seville STS) to see how the folks from over there enjoy the cars from over here. At first glance, it wasn’t so different from your average summer weekend mid-western show-n-shine: 500 or so cars, folks camping, lots of walking and talking with a beer in one’s hand, booths, Elvis on the PA. Yet of course the accents were all different. And a large number many of the rides were right hand drivers.”
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Jonathan Player for The New York Times

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By: David Shaftel

Among the racecars present last spring were some hallmarks of Americana, including a ’71 Chevrolet Camaro called the Bootlegger and a ’57 Bel Air with “Honky Tonkin’ ” lettered on its doors. A Show ’n’ Shine event featured dozens more Detroit products, restored to original condition and parked amid tents and campers on the grassy grounds of a former Royal Air Force base in Warwickshire.

Even in this setting, which emphatically favored speed over style, Norman Dawood’s 1949 Cadillac Series 62 Club Coupe drew a crowd of admirers.

“I have other classic cars,” said Mr. Dawood, who owns such quintessentially British automobiles as a 1966 Aston Martin DB6 and a 1963 Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III. “But no other car gets anything like the looks that this one gets.”

When Mr. Dawood, a Londoner who runs a translating and subtitling business, saw the black fastback on eBay, listed by a seller in New Jersey, he bought it without hesitation. With characteristic understatement, Mr. Dawood admitted that the car was “a bit of an impulse purchase.”

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Jonathan Player for The New York Times

Like many fans of the big American cars that British enthusiasts call Yank Tanks, Mr. Dawood was particularly drawn to Cadillacs from 1949, which was the second model year to feature the auto industry’s pioneering foray into tailfins. Discreet compared with the towering appendages that arrived a decade later, the fins had been inspired by a clandestine look at the Lockheed P-38 Lightning, a fighter plane with twin tails, given to General Motors’ designers working on the ’48 models.

It was the ’49s, however, that were first to be fitted with a new 331-cubic-inch overhead-valve V-8, which became a standard-bearer for G.M. The engine’s considerable power can still be felt on the highway, where Mr. Dawood’s car easily keeps up with the flow of modern traffic.

Mr. Dawood’s Club Coupe, also known as a Sedanette, lacks power steering but has several options, including a Hydra-Matic transmission — which added $174 to the 1949 sticker price of $2,966 — as well as power windows and seats. Befitting a Cadillac, it is fitted with the modern conveniences of its day, including a cigar lighter, multiple ashtrays and enough headroom for a driver to wear his fedora.

It is impractical to keep a behemoth ’49 Cadillac in London, where compact cars ply narrow roads, so Mr. Dawood stores it here, about 100 miles to the northwest. That it was a sunny day, so uncharacteristic of a British spring, when he drove it to the Yanks Weekend, was fortunate, as the driver’s window was stuck open, its power lift mechanism having given out.

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Jonathan Player for The New York Times

The window malfunction is emblematic of a series of small problems, some potentially incapacitating, that plague Mr. Dawood’s Cadillac, and indeed many of the American classics increasingly bought on the Internet by British collectors.

“The American car scene in the U.K. is just growing and growing because of the Internet,” said John Pryor, president of the National Association of Street Clubs, a co-sponsor of Yanks Weekend.

“More people are buying classic American cars now because they can fix them more easily, and we’re now seeing dedicated shops opening up here,” said Mr. Pryor, who recently traded in his 1959 Vauxhall Victor for a ’56 Chevy.

While the Cadillac was en route from the United States, Mr. Dawood found a copy of a British magazine, Classic American.

“I couldn’t believe my eyes,” he said. “On the cover was a car identical to the one I’d just bought, belonging to some Scottish earl. The article was about a guy who specialized in restoring American cars, and I thought, ‘This is brilliant. How lucky I am to find someone who already knows all about this exact one?’ ”

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Posted by on September 26, 2013 in Automotive, news, Uncategorized, Video Blog

 

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All About The 2013 Mazda CX-5

THE 2014 CX-5. CAREFULLY ENGINEERED TO ELIMINATE COMPROMISE.

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Introducing a feat of engineering previously thought to be impossible: the crossover without compromise. Not only does the Mazda CX-5 offer confident driving, versatility, all-weather capability, spaciousness and advanced features, but it does so with the best Highway MPG of any SUV in America—including hybrids. To make this possible we developed an engineering philosophy called SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY, including a new 2.5L SKYACTIV®-G gasoline engine, which reimagines every component to work together in unprecedented harmony. Brochures & Downloads

Source: Mazda USA
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The 2013 CX-5 isn’t the first compact crossover SUV from Mazda, but it might as well be the best. With this all-new, athletically minded and generously equipped compact SUV, Mazda gets the recipe right.

Starting with an all-new unibody, Mazda’s engineers set out to combine a relatively roomy interior, sharp driving dynamics and a lightweight overall package. The 2013 Mazda CX-5 will be initially offered with one fuel-efficient engine, a sophisticated 2.0-liter direct-injected four-cylinder making 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. EPA-estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg combined with front-wheel drive, putting the CX-5 at the top of its class for efficiency.

Choosing a vehicle in the compact SUV segment can sometimes mean settling for less when it comes to modern amenities. Not so with the CX-5. Even on the base trim, an impressive list of standard equipment will keep budget-minded consumers happy. Moving up the range will naturally net you a more comprehensive roster of equipment, with the top-of-the-line Grand Touring equipped essentially like a luxury model.

In terms of storage and cargo capability, the CX-5 is on par with its competitors. The base model CX-5 Sport has 60/40-split-folding rear seats, but for those who enjoy four-up skiing and snowboarding, the Touring and Grand Touring models feature a special 40/20/40-split-folding rear seat to accommodate long objects in the cargo area. Maximum cargo capacity is class-leading.

The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is conventional in concept yet still offers engaging styling and driving dynamics, class-leading fuel efficiency and modern amenities.

Source: Edmunds

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The 2013 Mazda CX-5 is an exceptional SUV

Unlike the Mazda Tribute, the CX-5 compact SUV that takes its place has no Ford roots. It comes with front- or all-wheel drive and a high-tech four-cylinder engine. An automatic transmission is optional on the CX-5’s base Sport trim level and standard with the higher Touring and Grand Touring trims. The automatic is also required with all-wheel drive. At a press preview ahead of the car’s early 2012 launch, I drove front-drive prototypes with both transmissions and couldn’t be more satisfied.

Source: Cars.com

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All About The 2013 Mazda CX-9

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The 2013 CX-9 spoils driver and passengers alike—no compromise necessary. With a 273-hp 3.7L V6 engine and plenty of refined features, it packs more excitement than should be allowed of 7-passenger vehicles.

Source: Mazda USA

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We expect a lot from large SUVs nowadays. Besides the obligatory amount of passenger and cargo space, we also have become accustomed to a decent amount of luxury and features aplenty. What we don’t expect from these behemoths is decent cornering prowess, but that’s exactly what you’ll get with the 2013 Mazda CX-9.

Despite everything that physics tells us, the big CX-9 can indeed be enjoyable to drive around corners. Even better, the Mazda accomplishes this task without sacrificing ride quality. Of course, schlepping the kids to soccer practice and daily commuting are more typical tasks for a large crossover, and here the CX-9 still excels, with a spacious, adult-sized third row of seats and sharp new styling.

As highly as we regard the 2013 Mazda CX-9, it somehow gets overlooked for more popular alternatives.

Source: Edmunds

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The Mazda CX-9 has struggled to keep its head above water in a sea of  large crossovers, and even though it’s the roomiest, this stylish and fun-to-drive SUV deserves a second look in its updated 2013 form.

The CX-9 again comes in three trim levels: Sport, Touring and Grand Touring. Front- and all-wheel drive are available across the board. Changes for 2013 are cosmetic and take the CX-9’s styling from pleasant to energetic: It borrows a version of the new compact CX-5’s large grille, angular headlights and curvy fog lights. Inside, new standard features include a 5.8-inch touch-screen, a USB port and an upgraded version of the Bluetooth phone and audio streaming system.

Fun to Drive

The words “agile” and “sporty” aren’t usually tip-of-the-tongue when describing a large crossover — unless it’s the CX-9. One of its greatest strengths is that it drives like a much smaller, sportier vehicle. Light and precise steering, ample power, a responsive transmission and agile handling make it engaging to drive — even if it’s just to the grocery store.

The V-6 offers plenty of power, and the 273-horsepower, 3.7-liter engine feels very smooth at idle, it’s spirited from a stop and delivers even, linear power that’s competent on the highway. Prompt downshifts from the alert six-speed automatic transmission mean passing is no problem. The CX-9’s gas mileage doesn’t stand out, however. Two-wheel-drive versions share an EPA rating of 17/24 mpg city/highway with the Explorer and Traverse. The Pilot squeaks out an additional 1 mpg in both city and highway driving.

The ride is on the firm side but not overly harsh, complementing its overall sporty nature. I went from a 2013 Chevrolet Traverse test vehicle to the CX-9, and found in the Mazda a nimbler, more composed vehicle — the ride was more compliant, the corners felt crisper and body lean was less noticeable.

At 200.2 inches long, it’s one of the larger vehicles in its class but drives smaller, thanks in part to having one of the tightest turning circles in the bunch. That really made a difference when maneuvering into city parking spaces and winding through parking structures.

Source: Cars.com

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All About The 2013 Mazda 3

THE 2013 MAZDA3: FAR-REACHING FUN:
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Quick off the line and aggressive in the curves, in the world of compact cars the Mazda3 is the true driver’s bread and butter. And with up to an EPA-estimated 40 MPG Highway, the driving excitement goes on and on Brochures & Downloads

Source: MazdaUSA

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Mazda has a tradition of building zippy, entertaining cars, something that’s evident in the Mazda 3, which always has been known for its sharp handling and engaging nature. Of course, the Mazda 3 still provides suitable levels of economy and practicality, too. That’s because even the base Mazda 3 comes with a refined engine and a sophisticated suspension and interior, while higher trims offer more power and plenty of useful convenience and luxury-oriented features.

There have now been two generations of the Mazda 3. The newer model is more stylish and refined, but either way we highly recommend the Mazda 3, whether shopping new or used.

Current Mazda 3
The Mazda 3 is available in two body styles: a sedan or a four-door hatchback. The sedan is offered in six trim levels — i SV, i Sport, i Touring, s Touring, i Grand Touring and s Grand Touring. The hatchback comes only in the four upper trims. No matter which Mazda 3 you buy, expect an impressive level of convenience and safety-related equipment for the money. The base trim counts a height-adjustable driver seat and steering-wheel-mounted audio controls among its standard features, while the Grand Touring versions provide a luxury sport vibe with leather seating, heated front seats and a navigation system.

For power, the 3i SV comes with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 148 horsepower and 135 pound-feet of torque. A five-speed manual transmission is standard, while a five-speed automatic is optional. The 3i Sport, Touring and Grand Touring trims get a more fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder (Skyactiv-G) that’s also more powerful with 155 hp and 148 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual transmission is standard and a six-speed automatic is optional. The sprightlier Mazda 3s trims are powered by a 2.5-liter inline-4 good for 167 hp and 168 lb-ft of torque. A six-speed manual is standard here, with a five-speed automatic optional.

While most economy cars have little in the manner of interior aesthetics, the cabin in the Mazda 3 shows impressive attention to detail. The materials used are the nicest found in this class and there are lots of standard features, so your passengers are bound to think you paid more than you actually did. Even taller folks will be comfortable up front, and the driver will appreciate the standard tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. As expected, the hatchback offers more cargo capacity than the sedan’s trunk. And should you need more, both body styles provide a 60/40 split-folding rear seat.

The current Mazda 3’s refined road manners will come as a surprise to most economy car shoppers. Thanks to its performance-oriented chassis tuning, the 3 is blessed with athletic handling and — with the s trim’s superior tires — a healthy amount of grip on twisty blacktop. Furthermore, its steering is quick and reasonably communicative. In the real world, this translates into a greater sense of driver confidence. The 3’s highway ride is smooth enough to please most commuters, although drivers who prefer softly sprung compacts like Toyota’s Corolla might think the 3 is too firm.

Altogether, we think the Mazda 3 should be one of the first vehicles you test-drive when shopping for an economy sedan or hatchback. It hits all the right notes and its flaws are few and far between.

Used Mazda 3 Models
The current, second-generation Mazda 3 debuted for the 2010 model year. Compared to the previous-generation car, this 3 has a similar underlying architecture. But improvements were made in terms of interior refinement, ride quality and power. The second-gen Mazda 3 was unchanged for its first couple of years, but then gained minor exterior styling differences and the more fuel-efficient Skyactiv-G powertrain for 2012. Also, the optional navigation system found in 2010-’12 cars was smaller and not as easy to use as the larger touchscreen found in the current car.

The original Mazda 3 was produced from 2004-’09. Much of the current car’s underpinnings were carried over from its predecessor, so both generations will offer similar driving dynamics. The original base 3 featured essentially the same 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine as today, although in its first two years in production, it lacked variable valve timing. The upgraded inline-4 displaced 2.3 liters, and its output was 156 hp. A four-speed automatic was optional with the 2.3-liter for 2004 and ’05, and was replaced by a five-speed auto thereafter. Beginning in 2006, cars sold in California-emissions states were partial-zero-emissions-vehicle certified.

From its introduction, Mazda expanded the number of trim levels from the initial three when the Mazda 3 was launched: i sedan, s sedan and s hatchback. The many convenience and luxury features were available in packages and as stand-alone options. In 2005, Mazda released a SP23 Special Edition as a top-of-the-line trim for both body styles. For ’06, the SP23 was gone and the trim levels expanded to include the Touring and Grand Touring trims. Antilock brakes also became standard on all s models.

For 2007, there was a very minor exterior refresh along with a standard auxiliary audio jack and a rear seat armrest for the 3s. Stability control became optional for the first time, but was available on the Touring and Grand Touring trims only. Front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags became standard on all s trim levels the following year. In its final year in production, all Mazda 3 models came standard with antilock brakes, front-seat side airbags and full-length side curtain airbags.

Like the current car, the original Mazda 3 was the top choice of Edmunds in the economy family sedan segment. It also provided a refined driving experience that reminded us of a junior sport sedan rather than an economy car. Both engines offered satisfying power, though the bigger 2.3-liter engine was noticeably peppier.

Source: Edmunds
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The compact five-seat Mazda3 is available as a sedan or four-door hatchback and is available with Mazda’s high-efficiency technologies marketed under the SkyActiv name, including an optional engine rated at up to 40 mpg on the highway. It competes with the Honda Civic, Toyota Corolla and Volkswagen Golf and Jetta, to name a few.

Source: Cars.com

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