The Mazda3 or Mazda 3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan, a combination of “accelerate” and “excellent” is a compact car manufactured in Japan by Mazda. It was introduced in 2003 as a 2004 model, replacing the Familia/323/Protegé in the C-segment. A performance-oriented version of the Mazda3 is marketed as the Mazdaspeed3 in North America, Mazdaspeed Axela in Japan and the Mazda3 MPS in Europe.
A second generation Mazda3 for the 2009 model year was unveiled in late 2008. For the 2012 model year, Mazda began offering the Mazda 3 with their newly-developed SkyActiv technology, including a more rigid body, a new direct-injection engine, and a new 6-speed transmission.
The third generation was introduced in mid-2013 as a 2014 model.
A fourth and current generation all-new Mazda3 for the 2019 model year was unveiled in November 2018 at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the ASEAN premiere at the Singapore Motor Show. For the 2019 model, the all-new Mazda3 is equipped with the newly-developed SkyActiv technology, including the latest Skyactiv-X, Skyactiv-G and Skyactiv-D engines, each of which provides responsive speed control in any driving situation, and a Spark-Controlled Compression Ignition system.
The new Mazda 3 SkyActiv-Vehicle Architecture increased rigidity with new front-to-back connections that complement existing vertical and lateral connections of the previous body to form multi-directional ring structures. MacPherson struts are used at the front, while a newly developed torsion beam is used in the rear, replacing the multi-link setup used for the third-gen model.
As for the new structure has a higher ratio of ultra-high-tensile steel at 30% compared to the previous model’s 3%. This helps to create a more solid body to beef up passive safety, while a new standard driver’s knee airbag and energy-absorbing inner structure for the bonnet further help this cause.
The i-Activsense suite of active safety and driver assist systems has also been given a boost, with a new Driver Monitoring system that utilises an infrared camera and LED to observe the driver’s condition. Other additions include Front Cross Traffic Alert (FCTA) and Cruising & Traffic Support (CTS), a form of low-speed adaptive cruise control.
The Mazda 3 became Mazda’s fastest-selling vehicle in January 2019, with cumulative sales of over 6-million units.
Current promotion for this model can be found here. Mazda 3 Promotion
Price List updated 03/03/2019
Mazda 3 Pricelist