Mazda3 Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary

The Mazda3 compact is celebrating ten years since its introduction back in 2003, and the Japanese automaker decided to honor the milestone by showcasing the vehicle's achievements so far.
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According to Mazda, the compact offered as a sedan, hatchback and wagon is their best-selling car of all time. The first generation sold 2.2 million units until 2009, while the second-gen version delivered 1.4 million examples to this day, which means a total of 3.6 million vehicles in ten years. Furthermore, the Japanese manufacturer claims it has won no less than 136 awards.

"The Mazda3 has been a huge success for us and is clearly a cornerstone of our model range," says Jeff Guyton, president and CEO Mazda Motor Europe. "We've always aimed to exceed customer expectations with the Mazda3, and plan to continue raising the bar in the ultra-competitive C segment. Here's to another exciting decade."

Moving on to the third-generation Mazda3, the new iteration is expected to be unveiled at the 2013 Tokyo Motor Show and hit the market next year.
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