Kyle Johnson

4 Million Mazda3 Models Have Sold Worldwide

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The newly-redesigned 2014 Mazda3 has received plaudits across the board from automotive enthusiasts and every-day drivers.

Mazda Motor Corp. has announced that cumulative production of the Mazda3 (including its double-life in Japan as the Mazda Axela) has reached four million as of January 22. This means it has taken ten years and seven months for 4 million Mazda3 models to hit the market, making it the quickest Mazda vehicle to hit the milestone.

4 million Mazda3

The first gen Mazda3 went on sale in June 2003, and since then it’s been an underrated favorite among compact car and hatchback enthusiasts. Just this past year, Mazda celebrated the 3’s 10th anniversary with a full redesign, incorporating SKYACTIV® TECHNOLOGY and the brand’s KODO—Soul of Motion design theme.

The result: near-unanimous acclaim. The 2014 Mazda3 has piled praise on top of awards on top of more awards on the way to helping Mazda claim 2013 sales success and the title of KBB’s Best Brand.

2014 Mazda3 NAIAS Gallery

The Mazda3 is produced in a number of locations around the world: the Hofu Plant (Japan), the Changan Mazda Automobile plant (China), Auto Alliance (Thailand), and Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (Mexico), where production got underway last month.

4 million Mazda3 sales worldwide in a little less than 11 years is a significant achievement for a brand that has been equated to artisan cheese and craft beer.

As someone on the market for a new car, the 2014 Mazda3 has been on my radar for some time. So I’d like to put this question to you, anonymous internet traveler who might just so happen to own a Mazda3: would you recommend the Mazda3? If so, why?


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    Kyle S. Johnson lives in Cincinnati, a city known by many as "the Cincinnati of Southwest Ohio." He enjoys professional wrestling, Halloween, and also other things. He has been writing for a while, and he plans to continue to write well into the future. See more articles by Kyle.

  • Tim Kaufman

    Hey Kyle, I’ve had a manual 5 door sport for a little more than a month ~ 1200mi. It’s a fun daily driver with really balanced performance. I went for the sport to keep the interior relatively gadget free. If you’re into driving at all, I strongly encourage you to put this on the top of your list.

    • Kyle Johnson

      Thanks for the input, Tim! It’s gotten progressively closer to the top as time has gone on, and I’m seeing fewer and fewer reasons why it shouldn’t be the obvious choice.

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