Mazda Motor Corp. adds a 5-speed manual transmission model to its Axela sport compact lineup. Premium-grade 23S models of the Axela, known as the Mazda3 in the U.S., come equipped with the new transmission. The transmission features a short-throw shift lever, upgraded synchronizers that Mazda says makes for quicker and more precise gear changes and an upgraded shift-and-select mechanism. The final gear has a greater gear ratio that “fully exploits engine power in all ranges,” the auto ...

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