Mazda Mazda3

When first introduced, American Mazda3 models were available in only two trim levels, 'i' and 's', with the 2.0 L and 2.3 L engines, respectively. Since then, Mazda has introduced a proliferation of additional models under the Touring and Grand Touring labels which was in response to consumers desired to be able to modify and select the options they preferred. UK Mazda3s are offered in S, TS, TS2, and Sport models. The name 'Mazda3' is used worldwide, but in Japan, Mazda's home market, it is known as the Axela. The Axela was introduced for the 2004 model year, replacing what is known as the Mazda 323 or Protoge in export markets. The first car rolled off the assembly line on December 8, 2003 and it was built on the platform for the sport compact car called the Mazdaspeed 3. The Mazda3 has been very well received in all markets, and in 2006 was the second best-selling car in Canada. Mazda is increasing production of the Masda3 at its Hofu 1 and 2 factories to meet heavy worldwide demand of over 300,000 units per year. Front suspension is by MacPherson struts, with coil springs and an anti-roll bar, whereas rear suspension is a Ford-designed E-link multi-link suspension, with four locating links per wheel. Disc brakes are standard on all four wheels, with 300 mm discs front and 279 mm discs rear; ABS and electronic brake force distribution are available or standard, depending on the model. Wheel and tire sizes vary with model, from 15 in on base models to option 17 in wheels on upper-level models. Need less to say, there are a lot of option and configurations that can be selected which is certain to provide everyone with their desired model. Further, if that is not enough, Mazda unveiled the Mazda3 MPS at the 2006 Geneva Motor Show in February.