2014 L.A. Auto Show: Highlights

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Mazda CX-3
Mazda introduced an all-new compact crossover at this year’s L.A. Auto Show. The CX-3 fits into the Mazda lineup between the 5-passenger CX-5 crossover and the Mazda3 sporty hatchback, although the CX-3 is slightly smaller than the Mazda3. The “KODO – Soul of Motion” design makes the CX-3 instantly recognizable as a Mazda. The small crossover will utilize Mazda’s SKYACTIVE-G 2.0-liter engine, which not only should provide great fuel efficiency but should also make the CX-3 a blast to drive.
The CX-3 will feature Mazda’s new-generation AWD system, giving it a leg up on the front-wheel-drive Mazda3 hatchback. Using the same active-torque control introduced in the CX-5, the CX-3 also features a front wheel slip-detection system, which employs sensors to monitor the driver’s intentions as well as constantly changing driving conditions.

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