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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. 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, with the sedan premièring at the Los Angeles Auto Show and the hatchback at the Bologna Auto Show. For the 2012 model year, Mazda began offering the Mazda3 with their newly developed SkyActiv technology, including a more rigid body, a new direct injection engine, and a new 6-speed transmission.

The current third generation was introduced in mid-2013 as a 2014 model.

The Mazda 3 became Mazda's 'fastest-selling' vehicle in January 2014, with cumulative sales of over 4 million units.



Engines
The Mazda3 features the following engines:

Japanese market (JIS ratings):

1.5 L: 118 PS (87 kW), 140 N⋅m (103 lb⋅ft)
2.0 L: 150 PS (110 kW), 183 N⋅m (135 lb⋅ft)
2.3 L: 171 PS (126 kW), 214 N⋅m (158 lb⋅ft)
European market (ECE ratings):

1.4 L: 84 PS (62 kW), 122 N⋅m (90 lb⋅ft)
1.6 L: 105 PS (77 kW), 145 N⋅m (107 lb⋅ft)
2.0 L: 150 PS (110 kW), 187 N⋅m (138 lb⋅ft)
2.3 L MZR DISI Turbo: 260 PS (191 kW), 380 N⋅m (280 lb⋅ft)
1.6 L MZ-CD common-rail diesel: 109 PS (80 kW), 240 N⋅m (177 lb⋅ft)
2.0 L MZR-CD common-rail diesel: 143 PS (105 kW), 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft)
2.2 L MZR-CD common-rail diesel: 185 PS (136 kW), 400 N⋅m (295 lb⋅ft)
American & Canadian markets (SAE net ratings):

2.0 L: 148 bhp (110 kW), 135 lbf·ft (183 N·m) (04–05) PZEV engine: 145 bhp (107 kW) (04–06), 144 bhp (107 kW) (07–); 132 lbf·ft (179 N·m) (all years)
2.3 L: 160 bhp (119 kW), 150 lbf·ft (203 N·m) PZEV engine: 153 bhp (113 kW), 149 lbf·ft (202 N·m) (2006 only)
2.3 L MZR DISI Turbo: Mazdaspeed3: 263 bhp (196 kW), 280 lbf·ft (380 N·m)
Mazda changed the rating for US & Canadian markets 2007 2.3 L naturally aspirated engine:

2.3 L: 160 bhp (119 kW), 150 lbf·ft (203 N·m) PZEV engine: 151 bhp (113 kW), 149 lbf·ft (202 N·m) (07–)
Asian markets (DIN ratings):

1.6 L: 110 bhp (78 kW), 107 lbf·ft (145 N·m)
2.0 L: 148 bhp (110 kW) and 138 lbf·ft (187 N·m)
Australian market (ADR net ratings):

2.0 L: 145 bhp (108 kW), 134 lbf·ft (182 N·m)
2.3 L: 154 bhp (115 kW), 150 lbf·ft (203 N·m)
2.3 L: DISI MZR: 260 bhp (190 kW), 280 lbf·ft (380 N·m)
2.0 L MZR-CD common-rail diesel: 143 PS (105 kW), 360 N⋅m (266 lb⋅ft)
South African market (DIN net ratings):

1.6 L: 109 bhp (77 kW), 108 lbf·ft (146 N·m)
2.0 L: 140 bhp (104 kW), 134 lbf·ft (182 N·m)
2.3 L: 154 bhp (115 kW), 150 lbf·ft (203 N·m)
2.3 L: DISI MZR: 260 bhp (190 kW), 280 lbf·ft (380 N·m)
 
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