Happy 90th anniversary, Toyo Kogyo. To celebrate its not-quite-a-centennial, Mazda’s releasing special edition versions of its Axela (aka Mazda3) and Biante mini-minivan. Both models receive Mazda’s “i-stop” start-stop system, in addition to some unique content.
All Axela 90th Anniversary Special Editions can be based on either of the hatchback’s Sport 20C and 20S trim levels, in addition to the sedan’s 20C and 20E front-wheel-drive trims. From what we can tell, you can have your 90th anniversary Axela in any color you like, so long as it’s “Gunmetal Blue Mica” — an exclusive paint for this model.
Although it doesn’t receive the special paint, the Biante i-stop Smart Edition is based only on the 20 CS model in front-wheel-drive form. It, of course, features Mazda’s i-stop technology, but also adds dynamic stability control, dual power sliding doors, and keyless entry to the features list.
Mazda placed a $21,139 price tag with tax on the Axela, while the Biante i-stop can be had for $25,278. Both are currently on sale only in Japan.