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Mazda's new Golf rival

2008-11-26 07:14

After unveiling its Mazda3 sedan last week, Mazda is on the offensive again, this time with the new hatchback promised for Bologna.

Where the Mazda3 sedan was shown in American spec, the hatchback shows off the European spec that prospective South African buyers would be most interested in.

The second-generation five-door hatchback is said to be more environmentally-friendly with more efficient powertrains and, what Mazda says is, best in class aerodynamics.

Further bragging rights are earned by Mazda's use of what is claimed to be the world's first vehicle catalyst constructed with single nanotechnology that allows the manufacturer to cut down on resources such as platinum and palladium.

The engine line-up includes a new 2.2-litre turbodiesel engine, offered in either high or standard power versions, as well as existing 1.6- and 2.0-litre petrol engines. A 1.6-litre turbodiesel is also available.

The next-generation Mazda3 hatchback will be unmasked at the Bologna Motor Show on December 3.

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