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Refined Mazda Axela Goes on Sale in Japan

January 28, 2008

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN – Mazda Motor Corporation has released updated versions of the Mazda Axela sports compact in Japan. Known as the Mazda3 in overseas markets, the Mazda Axela has earned high praise in Japan and abroad. All models in the range — including the four-door Axela, five-door Axela Sport, and Mazdaspeed Axela — feature fresh improvements and now available at all Mazda, Mazda Anfini, and Mazda Autozam dealerships nationwide.

Two new special edition versions of the Axela Sport, the 23HS and 20HS, which come outfitted with equipment to enhance their sporty pedigree, are also now on sale.

Exterior design modifications such as chrome door handles and expanded use of black molding on the rear bumper enlivens the Axela’s appearance. Interior quality has also been enhanced with the addition of piano black parts on the center panel, power window switch bezels, and other areas, and chrome parts for some levers and buttons. Reduced cabin noise and higher comfort levels have been achieved through the increased use of sound absorbent materials.

The Axela 20E model grade is a new addition to the range. It features exclusive sand-beige combination Alcantara seat covers with leather trim, a leather-wrapped steering wheel and shift knob, and blackout meters as standard equipment.

The special editions Axela Sport 23HS and 20HS come with a full complement of sports equipment, including 17-inch reflective aluminum wheels, aluminum pedals, a floating rear roof spoiler, and a BOSE sound system. These models also come with black Alcantara and genuine leather combination seat covers and Alcantara door trim.

MSRP vary from 1,510,750 to 2,070,000 yen for the Axela and from 1,510,750 to 2,410,000 for the Axela Sport (each price includes consumption tax).

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