As part of the launch for the new family-friendly mid-size car, a convoy of Mazda 3s will trek from Hiroshima in Japan, where the car is built, to Frankfurt in Germany, where the Mazda 3 will star at the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show.
That means the cars will be traversing five countries, two continents and nine different time zones on the epic voyage, with plenty of differing road and weather conditions to contend against along the way.
Even the different grades of fuel the convoy will encounter on its mammoth journey is something that the organisers will have to think about.
From its native Japan, the Mazda 3 train of cars will get a ferry to Vladivostok, Russia, before disembarking and heading off into the world’s largest country. From there, the Mazda 3s will enter Belarus and Poland, before finally hitting Germany.
Staring on 3rd August and finishing in Frankfurt on 7th September, the convoy of cars will put nearly a year’s worth of motoring under their wheels in a little over a month.
With the test cars powered by Mazda 120hp 1.5-litre Skyactiv-G petrol engine mated to Mazda’s six-speed manual gearbox, reliability shouldn’t be an issue – as older examples of the breed have recently proved.
It’s not the first time Mazda has undertaken a mammoth test drive, either. Back in 1977 German reporters drove two Mazda 323 hatchbacks – the predecessor to the Mazda 3 – from Japan to Frankfurt over a similar route.
The firm repeated that feat as recently as 1990, with four Mazda 6s6s trekking across the former Soviet Union.
This is the third time Mazda has gone beyond the brief to test its cars, then – and we’re confident the all-new Mazda 3 Skyactiv will be the best travel companion yet.
If you want to keep up to date with the firm’s unusual journey, check out the website here.
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