Mazda is introducing a special edition of its popular Mazda3, to mark the start of the family holiday season and celebrate the sizzling summer. Based on the Mazda3 1.6 S five-door hatchback, the new Mazda3 Sakata boasts external and interior enhancements at a compelling price of £11,995 on-the-road.
Available now from Mazda showrooms nationwide, each Mazda3 Sakata comes finished in unique sparkling Strato Blue metallic paint (not available on standard Mazda3 vehicles) and is equipped with a rear roof spoiler (as fitted on the Mazda3 Sport) and 15-inch alloy wheels. The interior specification is enhanced by the inclusion of air-conditioning as standard.
An exciting new entry-level model at an extremely attractive price, Mazda3 Sakata costs just £245 more than a standard 1.6 S model, but adds more than £1,100 of additional equipment compared to the standard model ordered with similar option extras and accessories.
Also available until 30 September 2005, the Mazda3 Sakata is offered with a £700 deposit allowance when financed through Mazda MultiOption with a typical 9.9% APR.
All Mazda3 Sakata models are powered by Mazda’s lively 1.6-litre, 105ps, 16-valve petrol engine, driving the front wheels through a five-speed manual transmission.
Jeremy Thomson, Marketing Director for Mazda Motors UK, explained the thinking behind the Mazda3 Sakata’s introduction. "The reaction to the Mazda6 Sakata last year was quite amazing and it proved so popular with retail customers that we decided to produce a second limited run in the autumn.
"Now we have adopted a similar approach with the Mazda3 Sakata this summer. Our new special edition model combines the practicality and comfort of the Mazda3 1.6 S grade with some excellent additional features, all for a reduced special edition price."
Like the 1.6 S model, the Mazda3 Sakata also features generous comfort and convenience standard equipment which includes jack-knife key, single CD player, audio system with four speakers, height and reach adjustable steering wheel, electric front windows and electric heated door mirrors, remote central locking with dead locks, and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm and immobiliser.
Standard passive safety features fitted to the Mazda3 Sakata include four airbags - driver and front passenger airbags and front side airbags - as well as active safety features such as four disc brakes with ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System), EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA) for shorter stopping distances and safer braking control.
There will be only 750 examples of the new Mazda3 Sakata made available for the UK market and the new model has been classed in insurance group 5E - the same group as the mechanically-similar 1.6 S model.
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To read our in depth road test of the Mazda3 1.6 TS2 [ click here ]Published 20 July 2005