Mazda’s baby SUV is set for big things

New CX-3 shows how flexible Mazda’s ‘SkyActiv’ tech is as the profits roll in, writes Nik Maher.

22nd March, 2015
The new Mazda CX-3 is almost without question the best car to drive in its class

Mazda gambled, and gambled big, when it created its SkyActiv suite of technologies. SkyActiv is an umbrella term that covers every aspect of designing and engineering new cars, from engines with higher compression ratios and lower friction levels (which saves fuel and lowers emissions) to bodies and chassis with greater stiffness but less weight (ditto). Mazda, splitting from then-majority-owners Ford when it first created SkyActiv, badly needed a hit. It was lagging behind its big...

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