Mazda MX3 - Six Fast Facts
- This four-seat hatchback coupe has a nasty case of multiple personality disorder. Apart from being known as the Mazda MX3, it is also known as the Mazda Precidia in Canada, the Eunos 30X in Australia, and the Autozam AZ-3, Euros Presso, and the Mazda AZ-3 in Japan. Confused yet? That's because, like many American auto manufacturers, Mazda diversified in the market by launching specialist marques-Autozam and Eunos are examples of that.
- This Mazda is quite the movie star. Does it look futuristic to you? Producers of the 2004 Will Smith action movie I, Robot seem to think so-unmodified Mazda MX3s littered the backdrop as examples of "futuristic" cars. A Mazda MX3 was also one of the talking racing cars in the Disney film, Cars. It's name? Kori Turbowitz.
- Though the Mazda MX3 has not been sold in America since 1997, it is still one of the most popular cars for street racing and modification. Performance engines like the KL-ZE are easily transplanted into the car, and the body modifications available make it a DIY-er's dream come true. Check out the internet-there are sites and shrines dedicated to this Japanese modern classic.
- The Mazda MX3, despite its racing overtones, is safe to drive around the city with its 108-bhp engine. Part of the appeal of the MX3 is that it seems to be a race car trapped in a street-legal frame! Every bit of performance it can push out has blown the competition away, and earned it a near-cult following.
- The Mazda Kabura, a concept car shown off at the 2006 North American International Auto Show, is a sports compact that clearly drew inspiration from the Mazda MX3-seemingly answering consumer demands for a come-back for the much-loved car. It was never fully realized. Although, the 2011 RX-8 drew heavily from the Kabura.
- Despite being externally a solid two-seater, many are surprised to learn that the Mazda MX3 comfortably seats four. This is mentioned because part of the mystique of the MX3 is that it is hailed as the "perfect" car. Few have even made funny references to magic-simple because it is more than it always appears from the outside!