Mazda 3: a visual history

We’re just days away from seeing the third generation Mazda 3 range, so what better time than now to take a look through the rather short history of Mazda’s popular small hatch and sedan.

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First generation BK Mazda 3 hatch
First generation BK Mazda 3 hatch

Just as the 6 replaced the 626 nameplate, Mazda began doing away with the 323 with the newly christened Mazda 3, which Mazda annoyingly insists on writing as the Mazda3.


Derek Fung

Derek Fung

Derek has a lifelong love for all things automotive, from the dullest Camry to record shattering Bugattis. Prior to starting up Between the Axles he was a reviewer for CNET Australia and the founding editor of its Car Technology channel. [Read more]