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Mazda's manual-only Mazda3 Diesel has a lot to like

23 Nov 2009

DIESELS are becoming far more accepted in the marketplace for their impressive low-end torque, low fuel consumption and new levels of smoothness and refinement. Mazda’s latest diesel, the Mazda3 Diesel, is right up there on all these counts. Some buyers, however, will want more variation in trim level and a lower price, perhaps, while others would prefer an automatic transmission. Although the Mazda3 Diesel’s market potential has been quartered by the lack of an auto option, there is still a lot right about this new Mazda diesel.
Model release date: 1 November 2009 to 1 September 2011

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Mazda3 Diesel

Released: August 2007
Ended: November 2009
Family Tree: Mazda3

MAZDA’S first diesel small car sold here was the BK Mazda3 Diesel, which used a 2.0-litre turbo-diesel developing 105kW at 3500rpm and 360Nm at 2000rpm. Based on the face-lifted BK Series II, the Diesel was specified in one model grade, equivalent to Maxx Sport, available in sedan or hatch, and came with a six-speed manual transmission only.

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