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A Mazda3 History - How Young is the Mazda3?




The Mazda3’s origins stretches back to as little as 40 years ago taking on different forms over the years. Today the Mazda3 is leagues ahead of its past. It’s been successful due to it’s award winning design and driving quality. It’s become the best selling vehicle in Mazda history with about 5 million sold and counting.

The Start


The Mazda3's start in the US began in 1970 with a small inventory of Mazda GLCs, then known as the “Great Little Car” which kicked off Mazda’s modest start. The 80’s Mazda 323 made major improvements in its engine due to its rally racing roots.

The 90's


From the 90’s- 2000’s, Mazda Protogé came with a smaller engine, 140 horsepower, larger interior, and standard front and driver side airbags.

The 2000's


Fast forward to mid 2000s - 2010s where the first generation of the Mazda3 appeared. Created like a coupe with options for a hatchback or a sedan with increased levels of safety. The Mazda3 in the 2010s saw the rise of the innovative SKYACTIV® technology in today’s vehicles. This technology created a whole new chapter in efficiency in Mazda vehicles as well as quicker take off speeds.

Recent Times


Recent 2018 version has come long way from its roots. With a 2.5-liter SKYACTIV®-G engine it produces 184 horsepower, while achieving EPA-estimated fuel economy up to 28 mpg city/37 mpg highway. Mazda continues its initial driving philosophy of “Jinba Ittai,” representing the harmony between car and driver. Or what's known today as KODO “soul of motion” which governs Mazda’s dedication to a vehicle that captures the moment energy turns into movement.


The future of the Mazda3 continues to look even brighter. The 2018 model continues to exceed expectations with its versatility, added standard premium features and renowned driving dynamics.


We have a large inventory & assortment of New Mazda3's & Used Mazda3's at World Car Mazda North, Live Oak, San Antonio, TX, 78233. Remember, All New Mazda Vehicles Purchased at World Car Mazda come with a Lifetime Powertrain Warranty & Lifetime 24/7 Roadside Assistance at NO Additional Charge.