Mazda3 celebrates 10 years

Trevor Hofmann - CAP staff
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It's been a full decade since the misspelled Protegé transformed into the Mazda3 and became the Japanese automaker's most popular car ever, not to mention one of the most popular cars in the compact C-segment.

"The Mazda3 has been a huge success for us and is clearly a cornerstone of our model range," says Jeff Guyton, president and CEO Mazda Motor Europe. "We've always aimed to exceed customer expectations with the Mazda3, and plan to continue raising the bar in the ultra-competitive C segment. Here's to another exciting decade."

That milestone occurred June 25, 2013, and now with more than 3.6 million sold and 136 awards in the trophy case a new Mazda3 prepares to take over the reins.

What do we know about that car? Not a lot. Reportedly it will use the brand's new Kodo design language as seen on the new CX-5 crossover SUV, midsize Mazda6 sedan and updated seven-occupant CX-9 CUV. The new styling has been well received on these models, and with respect to the 3 will appease critics of the current car's gaping smile grille.

Until the new model debuts, expect the current Mazda3 to continue its strong sales thanks to top-tier performance, better than average build quality, impressive efficiency, good functionality and styling that is more appealing than most of its competitors.
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Topics: Hatchback, Sedan, Mazda, 2013, Mazda3, $10,000 - $19,999, $20,000 - $29,999, Compact,

Organizations: Mazda

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