Mazda Motor Corporation today announced the launch of the Mazda Axela Sport 1.5 'Smart Edition' in Japan.

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This special edition Mazda Axela (known here as the Mazda3) goes on sale from today and, as the name suggests, features a 1.5-litre four cylinder engine coupled to a four-speed automatic gearbox.

The 'Smart Edition' comes equipped with a rear roof spoiler to add a touch of sportiness and is aimed squarley at inner-city buyers who want a slightly larger car without the added performance (and fuel consumption) a bigger engine usually offers.