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2010 Mazda3



  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    About how often does Mazda change the paint colors that are available

    Well, from 04-06 the colors were the same. 07-08 (model refresh) there were a few new colors added, and some deleted. For 08.5-09 there were two colors added, and a few more deleted.

    For 2010, we see a resurrection of the Velocity Red (thank God!) as well as a few carry over colors (Black Mica, Crystal White). All the other colors are new.

    I suspect that we will see these colors for at least 2-3 years. Maybe one will get deleted if it does not sell and be replaced with something new. My guess is the Celestial Blue will not be a hit and the Gunmetal Blue will be a hit. Graphite will sell as well as Liquid Silver, Velocity Red, Crystal White and Black.
  • mpg60mpg60 Posts: 71
    i am glad mazda is offering some new interior color choices. i always liked the velocity red. Now that we know what interior colors will be offered with what colors, i am thinking about either the velocity red, or the graphite with the beige interior. also, the celestial blue is almost reminscent of the winning blue color from a few years back. it was a color that definitely stood out.
  • I wonder if/when we will get to the point where, when ordering a new car, you can just send them the RGB or hex code of any color in the rainbow and get your new car delivered in that color with whatever amount/type of metal flake you want? Custom paint mixing can't be that tough, since every local hardware store now has a booth that promises color matching to anything you bring in as a sample. Granted this would only be feasible if you've paid in advance for the car, otherwise they'd have a lot of trouble with resale value, but I can see people in my generation and younger (I'm 26) responding well to that degree of customization.
  • qddaveqddave Posts: 164
    I do agree with the concept in theory, but keep in mind that the painting process is fully automated with robots. To maintain quality standards, you need a pretty stable process which I'm sure the paint composition (pigment ratio, thinner, resultant thickness, etc.) is a huge part of. Opening up the process to an infinite number of variations of paint colors would likely open up pandora's box with respect to maintaining a good paint finish.

  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Great idea in theory. Reality is quality and cost get out of wack, especially when you are producing 400,000 units/year.
  • Isn't the date for the car to be on dealer lots still March? Hopefully it will not change again. Also, doesn't it say somewhere on this forum that we will be able to build our own 2010 M3 on starting when the Detroit auto show starts. Isn't that correct as well? Exactly what date will that be? Is the March release to dealers supposed to be early March, mid March, or late March?
  • Kirstie_HKirstie_H Posts: 11,024
    Plus you've got the issue of touch-ups & body repair. Matching a custom color could get exorbitant.


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  • Happy New Year everyone! Wow, this board has been quiet. Hopefully we'll get some more information to discuss next week from the auto show. Looking forward to finding out when I'll be able to take one out for a test drive (Feb? March?) and see if the new car has been worth the wait.
  • Well, according to this, they have already begun to arrive at some US dealerships:

    I'm getting EXCITED!!! :D ;)
  • dc_davedc_dave Posts: 52
    Do we have any info on Pricing?

    Dave in VA
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    The car had a manufacturer plate on it. It's driven by a Mazda employee.

    The first order of Mazda3 sedans were canceled because 2009 sedan inventory is still pretty high.

    The first allocation of 5-doors are being produced right now. In fact, a few of mine already have VIN's. I expect them in 2 months.
  • aviboy97...You say the 5-doors should be here in 2 months, what about the sedan?... sooner??
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    later....sedans have not been ordered yet.
  • biker4biker4 Posts: 746
    So Mazda guessed high on the sedan volume and low on the hatch volume last year, or the hatch just sold better in the current economic conditions.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Here in North America, the sedan is a far better seller then the 5-door. Mazda ships about 70% sedans to about 30% 5-doors over here. Right now, there are not that many 5-doors left in dealer inventory and by the time the 2010's get here, they will basically be gone. They have made an assessment about the sedans and decided to offer aggressive incentives on the remaining 09's (5-doors too) to clear them out. I suspect next month they will begin to produce sedans for North America.

    It has nothing to do with what sells better. The sedan sells much more then the 5-door.
  • So even though the hatchback was supposed to come after the sedan, now it be on dealer lots before the sedan?? That is a very quick change to the original plans. But the sedan will still be at dealers in March correct? I certainly hope so. How well are the incentives working so far?
  • dc_davedc_dave Posts: 52
    I've been reading some misleading information online. The new 2.0 and 2.5 engines are in fact NOT direct injections motors. This is a bit of a bummer for me.

    DAve in VA
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Where have you read that they are? Mazda's official press release never stated they were DI engines.

    Europe get's a couple DI engines, if I'm not mistaken.
  • mpg60mpg60 Posts: 71
    hi all,

    the complete spec info is available on the 3 at Mazdas website under news from mazda.
  • Thanks for the heads up, although I had a little trouble finding it. Here's the direct link:
  • regards to what sells better in the USA the sedan vs. hatch, I'm sure your figures are in line. But those numbers are misleading, considering the hatch comes in "s" form only vs. the sedan can be had at the more affordable "i" version or premium "s" version. btw - I've seen the hatch in "i" form over in Europe...not as pretty and does not do it spoilers, no skirts, & econo wheels

    changing show the hatch finally having a rear key inlet...dead center, half way between the mazda icon and the bottom lip...has this been confirmed?

    other notes...rear wiper "@ rest position" has changed from passenger to driver; belt line crease, from tail lights to front quarter panels, isn't symmetrical with the door handles (or vice-versa) nor is it as fluid as it could be with the crease coming off the front quarter panel
  • exit123exit123 Posts: 136
    Regarding the 'i' hatch - I spotted one in the Philippines about 2 years ago.
  • changing show the hatch finally having a rear key inlet...dead center, half way between the mazda icon and the bottom lip...has this been confirmed?

    From pictures I've seen elsewhere, I believe it's just a hatch release button, not a keyhole.
  • Hey exit123, welcome back! How about those 2010 Mazda3 hatchbacks that are going to be at dealers soon? Crazy huh... :P ;)
  • mz6greyghostmz6greyghost Posts: 1,230
    Hey exit123, welcome back! How about those 2010 Mazda3 hatchbacks that are going to be at dealers soon? Crazy huh...

    Hold on! They're not at dealers yet, so they still could be pulled from the lineup! :P
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    But those numbers are misleading, considering the hatch comes in "s" form only vs. the sedan can be had at the more affordable "i" version or premium "s" version.

    Yes and no. Only in the past 1 1/2 years has the "i" model really picked up steam in terms of sales, partly due to the revised "i touring value edition" and the increase in fuel prices. For 2004-2006/2007, the "s" sedan was far more popular then the "i" sedan. Back then, the "s" sedan still out sold the 5-door by large margins.

    I bet we are going to see a large amount of 2010 "s" sedans sold off the bat as well. More then the "i". But, as the honeymoon wears off the "i" will become increasingly more popular.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Iv'e got 2010 Mazda3 sedans at the port in NJ, and a couple 5-doors on the water. They were allocated by Mazda and not ordered by us. The first shipment that all dealers will receive are specially selected by Mazda, similar to what they did for the 2009 Mazda6. They are going to hold off on shipping them to dealers until 09 inventory slims out.

    They are here boys. It's just gonna be some time before you can get your hands on one.
  • Hello to all !!
    I am going to be purchasing a new car in the next few months. I really love the 2009 Mazda3 HB GT but there seem to be very few fully loaded with Nav. and such available in my area. (I will be purchasing in NJ ). After reading this thread, I am wondering if I should be thinking of a 2010 model. I happen to love the design.

    I will "need" the car by April 10th (would love it sooner...). Do you think the 2010's will be at the dealers by Early April??

    Aviboy97 if you have any advice I would love to hear from you.
    Cheers & thanks all,
  • exit123exit123 Posts: 136
    Nothing would surprise me anymore ... :P
    Look how fast they changed their sedan/hatch allocation.
  • aviboy97aviboy97 Posts: 3,159
    Yes, the 2010 Mazda3's should be there by April. I suspect late late February to early March to be honest. I will update everyone here when I have news that they have been shipped.
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