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New Mazda3 on sale at Victoria Park Mazda; ADVERTISING FEATURE.

THE upgraded version of Mazda's best-selling model worldwide, the Mazda3, is now on sale at Victoria Park Mazda in Cardiff from PS15,995.

Made exclusively in Japan, the five-door hatchback has more muscular visual appeal with a new face, new rear bumper and new twist-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, there are new materials and colours, improved ease-of-use for the driver, new equipment and a quieter cabin for all to enjoy.

Fuel economy across the range is enhanced thanks to the new model's refined aerodynamics which cut Cd to just 0.29. Handling is improved with the upgraded Mazda3 delivering a more consistent and linear driving feel. New models available from the Hadfield Road-based dealership include two Sport derivatives and new equipment includes a gear-shift indicator.

"We anticipate that the upgraded Mazda3 will enable us to increase sales of our C-segment contender during 2012," said Andrew Gardner, sales manager, Victoria Park Mazda. "Mazda3 was already a great car and the changes to the upgraded model are subtle but every one makes a difference to either fuel economy or driving feel.

"The outgoing Mazda3 was the second-best selling Mazda model in the UK and took us into different segments of the retail and fleet markets in the Cardiff area. The 1.6 diesel has been hugely popular and the 2.2 diesel with 185ps is still the highest power C-segment diesel model of any brand available in the UK market place.

"The introduction of the more sporty exterior, more premium interior and two new Sport models with the 1.6 diesel powertrain for 2012, plus worthwhile fuel consumption and CO2 emissions reductions, means we are confident that the upgraded Mazda3 will attract a growing number of consumers to our brand."

When upgrading the Mazda3, the company's engineers fine-tuned the suspension and steering to deliver more "Toitsukan" - more linear steering feel for more control and assured predictability, plus a smoother ride and improved refinement. The super-efficient 1.6-litre diesel, available in six versions of Mazda3, is a lightweight, compact and extremely efficient unit.

On the inside, the upgraded has a more stylish interior that retains its functionality and is even easier to use.

Designers focused on reducing the amount of eye-movement required to use the car's onboard systems from behind the wheel. They replaced the previous silver colour of the lower dashboard console with black, and ringed the dials and controls most used by the driver in satin-polish silver that's easier to see.

Every upgraded Mazda3 has a generous standard specification within its price band.

From introduction, two Launch Edition Mazda3 Tamura models are available, representing exceptional value with a sports styling pack, front fog lights and unique 17" Alloy wheels.

For full details of the latest promotions and finance offers visit www.mazda.co.uk/showroom/offers.

To find out more about the upgraded Mazda3 or to book a test drive, contact Victoria Park Mazda on 029 2038 7461 or visit the showroom on Hadfield Road, Cardiff.

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Publication:Wales On Sunday (Cardiff, Wales)
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Date:Nov 18, 2012
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