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2014 Mazda3 gets set for 15,000km test

2014 Mazda3 gets set for 15,000km test

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One of the most popular Japanese compact sedan - the Mazda3 - readies for a cross-continent road test, which will span from Hiroshima, Japan to Frankfurt, Germany - a total of 15,000km in all.

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In either of its inherent form (sedan or hatchback), the 2014 Mazda3 is quite a sight to behold.

 

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But looking at the local buying trend, there is little doubt that the sedan should fit the bill (and preference) better.

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Penned by KODO (Mazda's latest styling language), the Mazda3 takes cues from the CX-5 and the more recent Mazda6. And there is no denying that the compact sedan looks just as handsome under the family's influence.

 

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The predecessor has proved to be a hit among locals, with much credits to its invigorating looks and sporty image. While we didn't liked the dated four-speed auto when we sampled it last year, we fell for the lively handling and overall package. The latest model, though, will come with a six-speed automatic - which makes it look promising already.

 

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While we eagerly anticipate its arrival on local shores, the Mazda3 will first embark on a 15,000km journey, which spans over five countries and two continents, including Japan, Belarus, Poland, Russia, and Germany.

 

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And this is not the first time which a Mazda has been put through such ordeal - it is the third time in fact. The first involved the 323 hatchbacks, which drove from Japan to Frankfurt - in as early as 1977. A second expedition followed in 1990, where four Mazda 626s crossed the former Soviet Union.

 

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And from the looks of it, the new Mazda3 looks like a pretty comfortable place to be in. Drive dynamics aside, the centre-mounted tachometer already tingles our senses. What about yours?

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