Mazda continues to triumph on the Auto Bild endurance test. After Mazda6 and Mazda5, now the Mazda3 has passed the magazine’s 100,000 km endurance test with flying colours. Its score is further proof of the high product quality, reliability and durability of Mazda vehicles.

Mazda’s compact best-seller had only one, insignificant defect point after the long- term, two-year test drive – a defective plastic clip in the luggage compartment cover.

This means Mazda3 achieved the top score and is now the third Mazda model ranked among the top 3 cars on Auto Bild’s tough endurance test – something no other carmaker has ever accomplished. Mazda3’s result also put it in second place on the list of compact cars tested. “Mazda is a prime address for anyone looking for a worry- free automobile,” Auto Bild editors wrote in their conclusion. They went on to add “That legendary Japanese reliability is still alive and kicking here.” The latest endurance test results of the Mazda3 were published in today’s German-language edition of Auto Bild.

The current compact is the second-generation Mazda3 introduced in 2009. A facelift version, with updated technology and design, will roll into showrooms beginning in October, with launch-premier events planned for potential customers at authorized dealerships throughout Europe. The facelift model is now even easier to use and more appealing with a newly-designed front face, along with new materials and colours on the inside for higher quality-feel. And facelift engineers have improved interior comfort by lowering cabin noise levels even further.

An MZR 1.6-litre petrol version with Activematic automatic transmission is introduced for the first time across Europe with the facelift. It joins a line-up that offers customers a choice of eight different powertrains. The car’s already long list of equipment is expanded and now includes (among other new features) a gear-shift indicator for especially fuel-efficient driving and an affordable, integrated 5.8-inch touch screen ® Mazda navigation, based on TomTom technology. Mazda3 facelift offers the same comprehensive active and passive safety package of the current model – including Mazda’s rear-vehicle monitoring (RVM) system for safe lane-change that recently won a Euro-NCAP “Advanced Award” at this year’s Frankfurt Motor Show.