Japanese carmakers are among the toughest in the automobile industry, and Mazda Motor Corporation is just one of them. Founded in 1920, Mazda started its career by manufacturing machine tools, and in 1931, Mazda came to introduce its first ever three-wheeled vehicle called Mazda-go. During the Second World War, Mazda ventured in producing Japanese military weapons. Came 1960 when Mazda once again launched another vehicle but this time, it was a four-wheeled car named Mazda R360. Such automobile model was followed by another model called Mazda Carol in just a span of two years.
Since then, Mazda became one of the most sought after car manufacturers, not just in Japan but also around the world. However, due to financial crisis, a share of the Company's controlling interest was owned by Ford Motor Corporation in 1996. Nevertheless, Mazda continued to produce, sell and deliver quality models for great satisfaction despite the said crisis. Mazda was responsible for the introduction of some outstanding car models including the Mazda 3 as sold in markets outside Japan, or as Mazda Alexa as sold in the Japanese market.
The Mazda 3 was a front-engine, front wheel drive, and five-seater compact automobile that was introduced to serve as a successor to the discontinued Mazda Familia. It was launched in 2003 and was available as a four-door sedan, coupe-style in European markets, and as a five-door hatchback in American and Japanese markets. What was initially available as i and s models, the Mazda 3 had additional S, TS TS2 and Sport models in United Kingdom under the Touring and Grand Touring labels. The Mazda 3 did pretty well in various markets in terms of sales output; it was in fact awarded as the best-selling car in Canada in just a year after its introduction.
In terms of design, the Mazda 3 was patterned after Ford's global C1 platform and "E-link" multi-link suspension design, which is sturdy and stiff enough to take on the cargo area pressure. Other features of the Mazda 3 include the use of disc brakes on every wheel to match its anti-lock braking system and electronic brake force distribution. Available powerplants for the Mazda 3 are the 1.4-liter MZR inline 4-cylinder engine, 1.5-liter MZR inline 4-cylinder engine, 1.6-liter MZR inline 4-cylinder engine, 2.0-liter MZR inline 4-cylinder engine, 2.3-liter inline 4-cylinder engine and the 16.-liter MZ-CD inline 4-cylinder engine.
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