Richmond Hill, Ontario – Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the world premiere of the all-new Mazda3 Sport hatchback at the Bologna Motor Show on December 3, 2008. The second-generation Mazda3 Sport follows the introduction of the sedan version, which was unveiled at the 2008 Los Angeles Auto Show.

The new model will include such key features as Bluetooth, adaptive auto-levelling bi-xenon headlamps, advanced keyless entry system, and pushbutton start.

In Canada, the model will include an improved version of the current 148-horsepower 2.0-litre engine, and a new 2.5-litre engine that produces a maximum output of 167 horsepower. The new engine, introduced in the 2009 Mazda6, replaces the previous 2.3-litre version.

Both engines will feature the world’s first vehicle catalyst to be constructed with single nanotechnology, which enables Mazda to reduce its use of platinum and palladium.

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