-- Sedan, Hatchback and High Performance Models all Stylish, Functional, and Fun-To-Drive--

(Richmond Hill, ON): The compact Mazda3 has become one of

the best selling cars in Canada since its introduction late in 2003.

Available in sedan, 5-door hatchback, and high-performance

MAZDASPEED versions, the 2008 Mazda3 combines fun-to-drive vehicle

dynamics with style and functionality ensuring it remains one of the

most popular cars for Canadians.

For the 2008 model year, the Mazda3 sedan is available in three

trim levels. The entry-level GX grade includes as standard equipment a

2.0-litre, four-cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC engine that produces 148-

horsepower, among the best in this class of vehicles, coupled to a fivespeed

manual transmission. Also included in the Mazda3 GX trim are

15-inch wheels, power-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, and dual front

airbags, side airbags and curtain airbags. Tilt and telescopic steering

column is standard, as is an AM/FM/CD player and an auxiliary input.

An economical Power Package option adds two additional speakers,

power door locks with illuminated entry system, body coloured and

heated power mirrors, power windows, and steering wheel mounted

audio controls.

The mid-range Mazda3 GS adds a number of convenient

features such as: air conditioning, remote keyless entry, alloy wheels,

vanity mirror, rain sensing windshield wipers, and height adjustable

driver’s seat with adjustable lumbar support and steering wheel

mounted cruise controls. Automatic headlight control (whereby a

sensor automatically turns on/off the vehicle headlights as required)

and a trip computer are two additional standard features that are not

usually found in other compact cars in this segment. An optional Sport

package is also available and offers 16-inch alloy wheels and tires, and

power moonroof.

A 4-speed automatic transmission with

Sport mode is available

Topping the Mazda3 sedan line up is the GT grade offering

numerous class-leading features. Among them is a 156-horsepower,

2.3-litre, four-cylinder, 16-valve, DOHC engine with Sequential Valve

Timing; seventeen-inch alloy wheels with 205/50R17 tires; sporty fog

lights; and heated front seats. Other features not usually offered in

compact cars, such as AM/FM/CD with 6-speakers, leather wrapped

steering wheel with audio, and cruise controls are included as

standard equipment.

An optional Luxury Package includes leather seats (heated for

driver and front passenger), a 6-disc in-dash CD changer, automatic

climate control, and Xenon (HID) headlights. A 5-speed automatic

transmission with

For people wanting the style and functionality of a hatchback,

the Mazda3 Sport is offered in two trim levels, both of which come with

the 156-horsepower, 2.3-litre engine. Sixteen-inch alloy wheels with

205/55R16 tires, four-wheel disc brakes with ABS and Electronic Brake

Force Distribution are standard on the GS trim grade. Inside, the

Mazda3 Sport is equipped with power door locks, power windows, a

remote keyless entry, and an additional 12-volt power outlet. An

Sport mode is also available as an option.

AM/FM/CD with 4-speakers, steering wheel mounted audio controls,

and an auxiliary audio input jack is included as well. A five-speed


filter are available as options.

Mazda3 Sport in GT trim increases wheel and tire size to 17-

inches and adds two additional speakers to the audio system, for a

total of six. Other amenities include air conditioning, heated front

seats, leather wrapped steering wheel, cruise control with steering

wheel mounted controls, heated and power operated rear view

mirrors, and a rear spoiler.

The optional Luxury Package incorporates leather seats (heated

for the driver and front passenger), a 6-disc in-dash CD changer,

automatic climate control, and Xenon (HID) headlights. A 5-speed

automatic transmission with

available as options.

The highest performance model in the Mazda3 series, the

MAZDASPEED3, is powered by a direct-injection turbocharged 2.3 litre

four cylinder engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Delivering 263 horsepower @ 5,500 rpm and 280 lb.-ft. of torque at

mode automatic transmission and air conditioning with micronSport shifting mode and moonroof are

3,000 rpm, the MAZDASPEED3 is one of the highest performance sports

compacts with front-wheel-drive on the road today.

Based upon the Mazda3 Sport hatchback, the MAZDASPEED3

comes standard with 18-inch, 10-spoke aluminum alloy wheels, large

diameter tailpipe, and roof spoiler with integrated high-mounted LED

brake lights to visually differentiate it from the regular model.

Semi-bucket front seats with a MAZDASPEED logo on the

seatbacks, a leather-wrapped shift knob, aluminum pedals, and

stainless steel scuff plates contribute to the sporty, high quality

ambience that distinguishes MAZDASPEED models. Standard safety

equipment on the MAZDASPEED3 includes large diameter 4-wheel

brake discs (320mm at front/280mm at rear), four-wheel ABS with

electronic brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) with an engine

torque control function, dual front airbags, side and curtain airbags.

Among the numerous standard features on the 2008 Mazda3 is a

3-year roadside assistance program. Customers can feel secure

knowing that wherever they travel throughout North America should

the need arise they can obtain towing, winching, battery boosting,

emergency fuel delivery, and tire changing services. They will even

get help if locked out of the vehicle. Travel planning services and

emergency travel expense reimbursement are included in the

roadside assistance program.

The 2008 Mazda3 is covered by a 3-year or 80,000 km vehicle

warranty that covers every part of the vehicle except those subject to

normal wear. Additional warranties cover powertrain and safety

restraint components for a period of 5 years or 100,000 km, body sheet

metal perforation for 5 years unlimited kilometres and selected

emission control components for 8 years or 128,000 km.

Mazda Canada Inc. is responsible for the sales and marketing,

customer service and parts support of Mazda vehicles in Canada.

Headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Mazda Canada has a

nationwide network of 160 dealerships. For additional information visit

Mazda Canada’s media website at

as an option on 2008 Mazda3’s fitted with the 2.0-litre engine.

For further information: Gregory Young, Director, Corporate Public Relations, (905) 787-7094;