The New Mazda3 | Part Three

The New Mazda3


Craftsmanship and Quality

The Mazda3 hatchback exterior is another example of Mazda’s fresh approach to designing and building cars with the very best in Japanese manufacturing quality. The solid build quality of its exterior is instantly apparent by excellent fit and finish that features consistently small gaps between abutting body panels and components. Combined with its dynamic exterior form, this enhances the sense of satisfaction and pride of ownership every time you take the car out onto the road.

The look, touch and operating feel of Mazda3’s large interior were designed to delight and satisfy, and carried out with high levels of craftsmanship to deliver a vehicle that rivals Europe’s top C-Segment models when it comes to quality. Its distinctive functional elegance combines operability and visibility, with interior shapes that customers will appreciate for years. Mazda3, then, enters the market as one of the most enjoyable cars in its class, with high levels of customer delight achieved through design intelligence and functional beauty.

Driving Dynamics - Powertrain

Mazda3’s petrol engine line up was developed to deliver that spirited driving experience that epitomizes Zoom-Zoom, and to meet the diverse demands of the European market. A product of Mazda’s innovative approach to engineering, they deliver linear, lively power combined with low fuel consumption and emissions. The new Mazda3 hatchback also features a redesigned five-speed manual transmission and a smooth and sporty-shifting electronically controlled four-speed automatic transmission called “Activematic” (1.6-litre only).

Mazda3’s hatchback will be launched initially with two petrol engines – a highly balanced 1.6-litre 77 kW/105 PS MZR and a more powerful 2.0-litre 110 kW/150 PS MZR - both part of a new range of quiet-running, in-line four-cylinder DOHC petrol engines that deliver ample low-end torque for spirited drivability and that meet all current global emission standards. A third member of the range, a 1.4-litre MZR petrol, along with two derivatives of a new 1.6-litre common-rail diesel, will enhance Mazda3’s engine line up starting in 2004.

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Published 26 August 2003 Melanie Carter

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