Mazda3 2.0D
Mazda3 2.0D

During the second half of 2006 Mazda enhanced and expanded its successful Mazda3 line‑up by introducing a major upgraded version and, more recently, the all-new flagship model Mazda3 MPS super-hatch, one of the most powerful front-wheel drive compact cars in the world.  Now Mazda is expanding the engine line up for its popular C-segment model with a powerful, high-torque 2.0 MZR-CD 143ps common-rail turbo diesel which will make the Mazda3 line-up even more appealing than before.

The introduction of two 2.0-litre common-rail turbo diesel hatchback models (in TS2 and Sport trim) with upgraded chassis and brakes and refined 126mph performance, will meet the demands of British drivers looking for a compact diesel that gives them Zoom-Zoom sportiness coupled to low operating costs.

“The high-power turbo diesel and the compact Mazda3 make a great combination that is sure to broaden the appeal of this model,” enthused Rob Lindley, Managing Director Mazda Motors UK.  “The Mazda3 2.0-litre diesel is the kind of car that can deliver complete customer satisfaction in so many areas – with a hard-to-beat blend of outright performance, fuel economy, refinement, comfort, practicality and low ownership costs.”

The new Mazda3 2.0-litre diesel will ensure that the Mazda3 remains the company’s best‑selling model worldwide and a close sales rival to the top-selling Mazda6 in the UK.  Since the original Mazda3 was introduced, it has been the sales star of Mazda’s new‑generation line-up, forming the core for strong sales results and record profits.

On 8 September 2006, the 1 millionth Mazda3 rolled off the line in Hiroshima, making it the fastest Mazda vehicle to ever achieve this milestone.  Since then, its popularity has remained high, especially in the UK where annual sales passed the 13,500 mark in 2006.

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Published : 11/04/07 Author : Melanie Carter

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