Mazda Celebrates Production Milestone For Mazda3 Compact - Five Million Units

Mazda Motor Corporation, the Japanese automaker famous for the RX series of cars, as well as the MX-5 among many others, just announced a production milestone.
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We are writing about the cumulative production of five million Mazda3 units at the end of this month. If this does not sound like a big deal to you, we’ll have you know that the Mazda3 is the second model of this automaker to achieve this feat. Furthermore, it did it faster than the Familia, the other Mazda model to have exceeded five million units made.

The production of the Mazda3 began in June 2003, so this model took twelve years and ten months to reach five million units built.

Currently, Mazda builds it in six countries, and one of them makes the Japanese version as well, the Axela. It is identical to the Mazda3, but has a different name on its local market.

The Mazda3 is the company’s bread-and-butter, as it accounts for almost a third of the brand’s annual sales volume.

The third generation was launched with an all-new design language, as well as a new generation of engines and transmissions.

Mazda customers are not the only ones to appreciate the brand’s compact hatchback and sedan, as it was awarded several titles since its debut. The Mazda3 was named a finalist in the World Car of the Year and World Design Car of the Year in 2014. The same Japanese hatchback was also named Canadian Car of the Year’s Best New Small Car in 2013, as well as receiving the prestigious Red Dot Design Award in 2014.

While the ongoing Mazda3 will not get a performance version, the Japanese compact car does come with a sporty handling and a set of rev-happy engines.

Prefering not to follow the downsizing trend of its competitors, Mazda did not launch turbocharged gasoline engines instead of naturally aspirated units in the Mazda3 range, so you can still buy a compact car with a 2.0-liter gasoline engine without a turbo in 2016.

Furthermore, it will not leave you penny-less after fueling up, as the SkyActiv technology and a reasonable right foot will bring impressive fuel economy from this engine. The 2016 Mazda3 range also has frugal diesel options.
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Sebastian's love for cars began at a young age. Little did he know that a career would emerge from this passion (and that it would not, sadly, involve being a professional racecar driver). In over fourteen years, he got behind the wheel of several hundred vehicles and in the offices of the most important car publications in his homeland.
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