Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Compact Star Evolves

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Compact Star Evolves

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THE new generation Mazda3 small car follows in the tyre tracks of a model that set a new standard for small cars when it was launched in January 2004.

It quickly became Mazda's best-selling vehicle, and reached the one million production milestone faster than any previous Mazda model.

The new Mazda3 is more expressive and sporty than the outgoing model.

A new integrated front bumper design with a single front grille is adopted, framed by large openings at the corners that hint at the car's sporty nature.

Because the front grille is positioned lower, designers could extend the front of the bonnet further down towards the bumper.

They then framed it in powerful front wheel arches for a strong shouldered look reminiscent of Mazda's sporty RX8, and applied across the line up on the sports crossover CX-7, the Mazda2 and Mazda6.

The new Mazda3 will be offered in four grades (Neo, Maxx, Maxx Sport and SP25) with a long equipment list.

More than half the new generation Mazda3 range has satellite navigation standard. …

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