Mazda3 models gets tweaks 26 | 03 | 2013

    MAZDA HAS ENHANCED three of its family-friendly Mazda3 models, and the newcomers will arrive in Scottish showrooms on April 1. The good news is, the improvements come at no extra cost to the buyer.

    The new models — two Ventures, with 1.6-litre petrol or diesel engines, and the 2.2-litre diesel Sport Nav derivative — offer customers significantly added value.

    Additional equipment, such as 17 Bright finish alloy wheels, rear parking sensors, Black Mica door mirror housings and new sporty black cloth seat trim with red stitching plus the availability of a new exterior colour, Zeal Red Mica (a £495 option), and seven other colours, are included.

    Prices start at £17,495 for the 105ps 1.6 Venture petrol and rise to £18,995 for the 115ps 1.6 Venture diesel: the 185ps 2.2-litre Sport Nav diesel costs £20,995.

    “Mazda3 was already a great car and the changes to the three enhanced models bring extra style," Peter Allibon, sales director, Mazda UK, explained. 

    "With extra equipment, zero deposit and 0% APR finance, these Mazda3 models will deliver added appeal to consumers.

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    “Made exclusively in Japan, the Mazda3 five-door hatchback was Mazda’s best-selling model worldwide in 2012, and the second-best selling model in the UK, after the compact Mazda2. 

    "The Mazda3 1.6 diesel has been hugely popular and the 2.2 diesel, with 185ps, delivers an amazing combination of high performance and low fuel consumption. 

    " It is still one of the highest power C-segment diesel models of any brand available in Britain."

    In addition to the latest upgrades, the standard specification for the Mazda3 Venture model includes: sports styling, rear spoiler, front fog lamps, privacy glass and a rear bumper sports trim. 

    Inside, there’s a leather steering wheel with audio controls, CD radio with Auxiliary jack and six speakers, plus TomTom satellite navigation with a 5.8in touch screen, integrated Bluetooth® hands-free kit, climate control air-conditioning, electric front and rear windows, automatic lights and wipers, cruise control and heated front sports seats to create a genuine premium car ambience.

    The Mazda3 2.2 diesel Sport Nav also gets new LED rear lights and added practicality with a heated front windscreen.  With a six-speed manual transmission as standard, this Mazda3 reaches 62mph in 8.2secs, has a top speed of 132mph, returns 52.3mpg and emits 142g/km CO2.

    And until the end of June 2013, Mazda is offering a combination of deals on its upgraded Mazda3 models.  Customers can choose 0% APR finance with zero deposit and low-cost monthly payments from just £274 (Venture) and from £323 (Sport Nav).

    Customers buying their new car with a Mazda PCP will also be offered a generous deposit contribution of £1,000 and a loyalty saving, if they already own a Mazda, of £300 with no part-exchange required.

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