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Mazda adds ultra-efficient diesel engine to Mazda 3 range

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Mazda has bolstered its already frugal line-up of engines for its Mazda 3 city car by adding an ultra-efficient 1.5-litre diesel.

The SKYACTIV-D engine is designed to be the ideal choice for both fleet and private buyers, offering smooth and efficient driving. With a claimed economy figure of 74.3mpg, along with emissions of just 99g/km C02, the new engine is an appealing addition to the Mazda 3 range.

Although the new engine returns excellent economy figures, it also has strong levels of performance. A 0-62mph time of 11 seconds, along with a torque figure of 270Nm means that there doesn’t have to be a trade off between driver enjoyment and economy.

The SKYACTIVE-D Mazda 3 can be specified with either a six-speed manual gearbox or a six-speed automatic transmission. Either gearbox can be applied to the car, in both hatchback and fastback body styles.

Featuring start stop technology, it has the ability to deliver the world’s fastest diesel restarts. This technology, along with others, is what allows the Mazda 3 to achieve such remarkable economy figures.

Steve Tomlinson, head of fleet at Mazda UK, said: “Putting the 1.5-litre SKYACTIV-D into the Mazda3 will significantly increase the appeal of the Mazda3 to those fleets who prefer their drivers to run vehicles with a sub 2.0-litre engine, and with C02 emissions from 99g/km this will also make the car more popular with drivers who place low BIK taxation near the top of their consideration criteria.”

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