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Eight new Mazda3 cars to drive from Hiroshima to Frankfurt

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In order to showcase the robust quality and reliability of its vehicles, Mazda will send 8 all-new 2014 Mazda3 cars on a unique endurance trip from Hiroshima, Japan, to Frankfurt, Germany -- in time for the auto show that opens on September 10th.

All of these Mazda3s will be powered by a 118-horsepower SKYACTIV-G gasoline engine mated to a 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission.

After taking a ferry across the Sea of Japan, the main overland portion of the adventure will begins in Vladivostok, with 3 legs separating the drivers from Krasnoyars. The 7 ensuing legs of the tour will take between 3-6 days each to cover.

Overall, the 2014 Mazda3 cars will cross 9 time zones, 5 countries, and 2 continents.

This will be the third time that Mazda models have taken part in such an extreme test drive. In 1977, German reporters drove Mazda 323 hatchbacks from Japan to Frankfurt. The expedition was followed up successfully in 1990, when 4 Mazda 626s crossed the former Soviet Union.

2014 Mazda3 rear 3/4 view
Photo: Mazda