Richmond Hill, Ontario – The 2011 Mazda3 has been named a Top Safety Pick by the U.S. Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). The model received the Institute’s highest crash safety rating of “good” in all four tests conducted.

“Nearly half of all Mazdas sold in Canada are Mazda3s, so we are justifiably proud of the 2011 Mazda3 earning the distinction of the IIHS Top Safety Pick,” said Don Romano, president of Mazda Canada. “Both the sedan and hatchback models are recognized with this award, examples of Mazda’s dedication not only to producing engaging and fun-to-drive vehicles but those offering the utmost quality and safety.”

Vehicles receive ratings based on results from the IIHS’ evaluations on front, side and rear impact crash tests, as well as a roof strength test, and must be equipped with electronic stability control.

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