Car reviews - Mazda - Mazda3 - Maxx hatchback
The new Mazda3 is less refined than a Golf, but beats the German in other areas
24 Feb 2014
By BARRY PARK
What is Australia’s best-selling car? That depends on how you qualify it.
In terms of overall sales, the reigning champion is the Toyota Corolla, which stole the crown from the previous-generation Mazda3 that topped the tables in both 2011 and 2012.
But what makes the Mazda different from the Toyota Corolla – and other recent big sellers such as the HiLux and Holden Commodore – is an almost complete lack of discounted, mass-volume fleet and business sales to inflate those figures.
Mazda really only sells its passenger cars to private buyers, not fleets, so the brand gives a better gauge of how mums and dads, not corporates and government, feel about the world of new cars.
Now there’s a new 3 in town, promising major strides over the previous – but still respectable – version, and Mazda wants its crown back. Here we drive the $25k Maxx auto.
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Model release date: 1 January 2014 to 1 July 2016
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