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Mazda3 dethrones Holden Commodore in 2011

The Mazda3 is officially Australia’s favourite car, ending the locally made Holden Commodore’s run of 15 years at the top. The small Japanese car with the big grin fought a tit-for-tat battle with the big Aussie family favourite throughout the year, and eventually claimed the win by just 812 vehicles (41,429 vs 40,617)...

November 2011 VFACTS: Mazda3 overtakes Commodore

The Mazda3 is on the cusp of dethroning the Holden Commodore to become Australia’s most popular new car. Mazda’s small smiling assassin leads the large local family car by 301 units with just one month remaining in 2011. If the Mazda3 can hang onto the top spot this month, it will end the Commodore’s 15-year reign over the Australian automotive market...

September VFACTS: Corolla back on top, Commodore overtakes Mazda3 again

The Australian automotive industry enjoyed its second consecutive month of growth in September as supply from Japanese manufacturers – particularly Toyota – returned to pre-tsunami levels. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 86,819 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in September 2011, up 2...

2011 Mazda3 on sale in Australia: Full prices and specs

Read CarAdvice's review of the Mazda3 SP20 SKYACTIV. The updated Mazda3 has landed in Australian showrooms, headlined by a new, fuel-efficient petrol model, added standard features and better value across the range. The line-up has been revised to accommodate the all-new model, the Mazda3 SP20 SkyActiv, which sits between the Maxx Sport and the SP25 models...

Mazda3 SP20 SkyActiv to achieve 6.1 litres/100km in Australia

Note: Updated with official Australian specifications. Official details of the Mazda3’s new SkyActiv technology have been revealed following the launch of the upgraded model in Japan. The new variant will be known as the Mazda3 SP20 SkyActiv in Australia when it goes on sale in the coming months...

August VFACTS: Mazda3 jumps ahead of Holden Commodore again

The Australian automotive industry hit a high point in August, with sales of new vehicles eclipsing those of the same month in the previous year for the first time in 2011. Official VFACTS data released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) shows that 88,082 passenger cars, SUVs and commercial vehicles were sold in August 2011, up 7...

2012 Mazda3 production starts in Japan, coming to Australia late-2011

Production of the facelifted 2012 Mazda3 has begun in Japan ahead of the popular small car’s launch in Australia later this year. We got our first look at the new Mazda3 at last month’s Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne, in the form of a blue SP20 hatch...

Mazda3 SKYACTIV at Australian International Motor Show 2011

Mazda has unveiled the new Mazda3 SKYACTIV at the 2011 Australian International Motor Show in Melbourne. The car showcases Mazda's new SKYACTIV technologies, including a new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre direct-inject petrol engine. The new Mazda3 SKYACTIV will be fitted with Mazda's new SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre direct-injection petrol engine built with an extremely high compression ratio of 12...

2008-2009 Mazda3 recalled in Australia - 38,944 cars affected

Mazda Australia is recalling almost 40,000 previous-generation Mazda3 vehicles due to an electrical defect in the windscreen wipers. A total of 38,944 BK Series II Mazda3 vehicles built between January 2008 and March 2009 will be recalled in Australia after the fault was detected in overseas vehicles...

Mazda3 production hits 3 million units

Mazda has announced Mazda3 international production has just hit three million units in the time the model has been on sale, since June 2003. The Mazda3 is one of Australia's most popular hatchbacks and, according to official sales figures from VFACTS, it has been in the country's top three highest-selling vehicle lists for months...

2012 Mazda3 with SKYACTIV technology revealed

Mazda has revealed the first official images of the facelifted 2012 Mazda3 ahead of its debut at the Canadian International AutoShow in Toronto tonight and its expected launch in Australia before the end of this year. Mazda Australia’s Steve Maciver said he could not confirm the exact timing of the release of the new Mazda3 in Australia...