Richmond Hill, Ontario – Mazda Canada has announced it recently sold its 250,000th Mazda3 in Canada, just over five years since the model first went on sale.

The Mazda3 was introduced late in 2003 as a 2004 model, an all-new replacement for the Mazda Protege. It is currently the best-selling car in Canada for 2009 and commands 14.6 per cent of the compact segment. A redesigned, second-generation 2010 model went on sale in Canada on January 27, 2009. The new version accounted for one out of every four models sold in February.

“The Mazda3 was an instant hit with Canadians because it exceeded their expectations of a compact car in so many ways: styling, handling and value,” said Don Romano, president of Mazda Canada. “And with the second-generation Mazda3, we’ve improved on what many critics say is still the best car in its class to make it even more appealing.”

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