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Friday Focus: 2014 Mazda 3 reliability proven in trans-Russia trek

We brought you news of the all-new Mazda 3 reliability quest and the car’s ambitious journey from the Japanese firm’s factory in Hiroshima, Japan to Frankfurt, Germany for the final major European motor show of 2013 – the tour has already covered 3,300 miles of its 9,300-mile route.

The eight-car convoy has already passed into the harsh central Siberian region of Russia, arriving at the city of Krasnoyarsk right on time proving the car’s superb reliability, resilience, performance and efficiency.

How do we know? Well, the train of all-new Mazda 3s were put through their paces at a local Mazda dealer, who confirmed each and every one was in tip-top shape – well you wouldn’t expect anything less from a Mazda, would you?

The first leg started out in Vladivostock, Russia’s main Pacific port, on 3 August before the cars crossed the Amur River, traversing an amazing 2.4-mile long bridge, driving on to Blagoveshchensk.

Leg two saw a rotation for the drivers and followed the route of the Trans-Siberian Railway – a 1,430-mile drive included a slight detour the famous Ivolginsky Datsan Buddhist temple and monastery, which was almost as hushed as the Mazda 3 on the move…

The team knocked off 560 miles in one day, taking in some spectacular scenery along the way. But with some rather testing road conditions, including giant potholes and crumbling verges, concentration was required.

The Mazda 3 came through unscathed, proving the firm’s reputation for unwavering reliability and resilient build quality.

Travelling massive distances in one long schlep needs great efficiency, too. And with Mazda’s Skyactiv engine technology, whether it’s the responsive petrol engines in 100hp, 120hp or 165hp guise, or the effortless 150hp 2.2-litre turbodiesel, a brilliant blend of performance and fuel economy is assured.

Stage three was the highlight of the trip so far. A boat trip across Lake Baikai – the deepest and most voluminous fresh water lake in the world – punctuated the day before arriving in the Krasnoyarsk, the destination of the 1,000-mile leg.

Yet again the local Mazda dealer subjected the Mazda 3s to an inspection, and all were passed with flying colours.

The arduous journey put components such as suspension arms and dampers, air filters and basically anything on the underbody of the new Mazda 3 at much higher risk of abuse than they would ever normally take. But, according to the dealer, no problems were evident whatsoever. The Mazda 3 heroically handled everything the wilds of Siberia could throw at it.

Only another 4,350 miles to go until the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show now…

What do you think of the all-new Mazda 3? It’s proved its reliability. It’s shown its efficiency. Could it be the car for you? Available in the UK from December this year, keep an eye out for test drive opportunities for T W White & Sons blog readers later in 2013.

For now, why not let us know what you think of the new car with a comment below, on twitter @twwhiteandsons or on our Facebook page.

To keep up to date with how the Mazda 3 tour is progressing, keep checking twitter #mazdaroute3.

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