June 26, 2003

Mazda unveils new Mazda3

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Hofu City, Japan – Mazda Motor Corporation has begun initial production of the new Mazda3 although it won’t make its official debut until September at the Frankfurt Motor Show.

To mark the start of production, a ceremony was held at Mazda’s Hofu Plant in the Yamaguchi Prefecture of Japan. The official Job #1 vehicle, a European-specification, five-door hatchback in Winning Blue, was greeted off the line by union representatives, Mazda employees and key company directors.

The newest Mazda embodies the design direction presented in the Mazda MX Sportif concept, which was showcased at the Geneva International Motor Show in March and the New York Auto Show in April 2003.

Additional information pertaining to body styles, packages, powertrains and pricing will be officially announced during the Frankfurt Auto Show. The vehicle will go on sale in Europe in the Fall and will be introduced into other markets through the fourth quarter of calendar year 2003 and into the first quarter of 2004.

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