The Mazda3 or Mazda 3 (known as the Mazda Axela in Japan) is a compact car manufactured in Japan by the Mazda Motor Corporation. It was introduced for the 2004 model year. A more performance-oriented version of the Mazda3 is marketed as the Mazdaspeed3 in North America and the Mazda3 MPS in Europe.
In 2006 the Mazda3 was the second best-selling car in Canada and the best selling car in Israel during 2005–2007.
Production of US model of Mazda3 sedan at Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) in Salamanca, Guanajuato began in January 2014 as the factory's first production vehicle model. As of January 22, 2014, cumulative production of the Mazda3 production reached four million units since June 2003.The Mazda3 was introduced to the Speed World Challenge in 2009. Mazda3 is used in the seed category NASCAR Stock V6 Series in Mexico.