The Mazda3 and Russia will forever be intrinsically connected. For the launch event Mazda sent a number of journalists from across the world on an epic journey from Japan to Frankfurt for the car's global debut. There, it proved it can handle unpaved roads and produce good real-world economy figures.
So what about its actual relevance on the Russian market? Starting from 649,000 rubles ($17,900) it's actually quite cheap, though what Anastasia is driving is the full-spec car with leather and toys, plus a bigger 2-liter engine (base car gets 1.5-liter). By our account, that thing costs a cool million rubles. The Mazda3's biggest rival is its old platform twin, the Ford Focus costing 593,500 rubles.
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