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http://www.caroftheyear.org/

The 58 members of the Car of the Year Jury have voted in the first round of the election of Car of the Year 2004. From the 35 contenders for the award they have nominated seven cars for the short list. They are as follows: BMW 5-series, Fiat Panda, Mazda3, Nissan Micra, Opel/Vauxhall Meriva, Toyota Avensis and Volkswagen Golf.
Over the next month, Jury members will vote in the final round, apportioning 25 points among the seven cars and providing a written justification of their choice. The winner, Car of the Year 2004, will be announced on 18 November 2003.

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http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,588-858025,00.html

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It’s interesting that the Mazda made the shortlist when its sisters under the skin, the Ford Focus C-Max and new Volvo S40, did not. That probably had something to do with the breadth of the range: the C-Max is an MPV trailblazer for next year’s new Focus and the Volvo starts out only as a saloon, with a powerful five-cylinder engine. The Mazda3 will be available from January as a five-door hatchback with 1.6 and 2 litre petrol engines, and a four-door saloon and diesel engine will follow shortly afterwards. Prices will start at about £12,000. Like the Mazda6 its presentation is bright and it is eager and fun to drive."
 

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And for a Japanese car to be even considered in the top 3 (it was #2) in Europe it's like winning. Euro auto mags and journalists are usually VERY harsh on Japanese cars, but they had to admit the 6 is the shit, the RX-8 a real useful sports car and the 2 a great city car. Watch out for the 3 - it's gonna be the shizney yo! :)

PS: Note to self: Gotta stop talking like that.
 

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Now everyone can see what different countries' journalists had to say about the 3.

Keep in mind that there are 3 Mazda3s being tested with different configurations and engines...
 
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