Mazda will showcase the world premiere of the new high-performance Mazda3 MPS, as well as present the European debut of the Kabura concept vehicle, at the 76th annual Geneva International Motor Show to be held from Tuesday, 28 February through Sunday, 12 March 2006.
Joining them on the Mazda stand will be a Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid concept vehicle powered by a RENESIS rotary dual-fuel engine – that can use hydrogen or gasoline – and an electric motor, for both outstanding eco-friendliness and high levels of driving pleasure. The new, upgraded Mazda3 line up will be revealed at the Geneva Show as well.
The flagship of the Mazda3 range, the all-new Mazda3 MPS, will give sports-minded customers outstanding performance coupled with a stylishly sophisticated design and everyday practicality and comfort the Mazda3 line up is known for. Mazda3 MPS is the second model in the Mazda Performance Series, following the Mazda6 MPS launched in the UK in January. The car will be called Mazdaspeed Axela in Japan, Mazdaspeed3 in North America and, in other key regions including Europe, Australia and New Zealand, Mazda3 MPS.
Mazda looked to embody three distinct attributes with the new vehicle: driving fun, ownership delight and everyday convenience. With its compact, lightweight body and substantial power generated by its 2.3-litre MZR DISI turbo petrol engine, Mazda3 MPS is one of the most powerful high-performance sports compacts with front-wheel drive (FWD) on the road today.
The car’s styling pursues a look of strength and solidity in a design that conveys its unmatched dynamic performance at a glance. Mazda3 MPS reflects Mazda’s intention to continue delivering Zoom-Zoom in all its products.
The Kabura design concept, which made its global debut at the North American International Auto Show in January 2006, continues the Mazda tradition of delivering exhilarating sports cars, while stretching the bounds of interior versatility in new directions. Designed to appeal to young customers and to support their lifestyles, Mazda Kabura combines the look and feel of an exotic sports car with practicality and affordability, and indicates a possible direction Mazda could take with an exciting compact sports coupe in the future.