Fuel economy across the range is enhanced thanks to the new model's refined aerodynamics which cut Cd to just 0.29. Handling is improved with the upgraded Mazda3 delivering a more consistent and linear driving feel. New models include two Sport derivatives and new equipment includes a gear-shift indicator (excludes 2.3-litre MZR DISI Turbo engine).
When upgrading the Mazda3, the company's engineers fine-tuned the suspension and steering to deliver more 'Toitsukan' - more linear steering feel for more control and assured predictability, plus a smoother ride and improved refinement.
On the inside, upgraded Mazda3 features updates to create a more stylish interior. Designers focused on reducing the amount of eye-movement required to use the car's onboard systems from behind the wheel. They replaced the previous silver colour of the lower dashboard console with black, and ringed the dials and controls most used by the driver in satin-polish silver that's easier to see.
The entry-level S model has manual air-conditioning and electric front windows, TS models have dual-zone climate control, TS2 specification adds a heated windscreen and integrated Bluetooth hands-free system, Sport derivatives are fitted with 17-inch alloy wheels and a Bose® audio system with 10 speakers, and Sport Nav models have a fully integrated, satellite navigation system.
From introduction, two Launch Edition Mazda3 Tamura models are available with a sports styling pack, front fog lights and unique 17-inch black gloss diamond cut alloy wheels. Available in a choice of four colours including: Aluminium Silver Metallic, Autumn Bronze Mica, Black Mica and Crystal White Pearlescent.Mazda3 scores 5 stars on EuroNCAP test
25 November 2009 New Mazda3 debutes in Bologna
25 November 2008