Mazda to debut all-new CX-3 compact crossover at L.A Auto show

Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

Mazda is the latest automaker to dive into the compact crossover SUV pool, announcing the all-new CX-3 will make its global debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month.

The new Mazda joins the Honda HR-V -- also making its debut at the L.A. show -- and other forthcoming models like the Chevy Trax and Jeep Renegade in the burgeoning segment of small crossovers.

Like its peers, the CX-3 will be based on the platform of a small car with the added utility a crossover body style promises. In Mazda’s case, this crossover will share elements with the company’s 2 subcompact hatchback and 3 compact hatchback and sedan.

Details on what makes the CX-3 tick will be released closer to the show, but expect Mazda’s efficient 2.0-liter SkyActive four-cylinder engine and at least front-wheel-drive, possibly optional all-wheel-drive.

The new crossover will likely hit Mazda dealerships next summer.

The CX-3 debut on Nov. 19 caps a busy show for the Japanese automaker. In addition to the tidy crossover, Mazda’s slick new Miata MX-5 roadster will make its North American debut, and updated versions of the 6 midsize sedan and the CX-5 crossover will also debut.

The 2014 L.A. Auto Show is open to the media on Nov. 18-20, and then to the public from Nov. 21-30. 

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During its Oct. 29 meeting, Canaveral Port Authority's commission agreed to the decision on the basis that the project will wait to see how discussions pan out with an unnamed automaker that would utilize the 60,000-square-foot processing facility.

The facility will include a 6-story storage garage that can hold 7,500 cars. If built, it will create between 180-220 jobs and generate millions in new economic impact for the region