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Swimming with the stream - Mazda3
Mazda3 Impressive alternative to VWs class-leading Golf
Published: Tue, 17 December 2013 18:41:03 GMT
 

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Mazda is one of those small, low profile car companies that buyers can forget about, but anyone in the market for a family car would be wise to give it a chance.

The Volkswagen Golf, Ford Focus and possibly the Peugeot 308 might be the first motors that spring to mind to potential buyers in this sector, but if style, reliability and value for money is important, the new Mazda3 is a strong contender. 

15,700
9-months Mazda3 sales in Western Europe


Its a wonder that Mazda still survives, given its relatively small volume and the fact that it lost the support of Ford, which finally disposed of most of its shares three years ago.

Given that mighty Ford shared some of its research and development budget to allow Mazda to develop its most important models like the Mondeo-class Mazda6, CX-5 SUV-Crossover, and the previous Mazda3, you might think it now would be on shaky ground.

Mazda did lose a lot of money until recently, threatening its existence and prompting speculation that it might join forces with other minnows like fellow Japanese Suzuki or perhaps Mitsubishi, or be taken over by one of the giants.  
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