Eight all-new Mazda 3 hatchbacks have recently set off on a road trip from the Japanese carmaker's headquarters in Hiroshima, to travel more than 15,000km to reach the 2013 Frankfurt Motor Show in Germany on September 7, three days before the show opens, "to prove just how good its new model is."
According to Mazda, the month-long tour will take the eight hatchbacks across nine time zones, five countries and two continents, traversing Russia before crossing Belarus and Poland. Accompanying the 3s are seven CX-9s which serve as the tour's support vehicles.
The carmaker added that the Mazda 3 test cars are all powered by a 118hp Skyactiv-G gasoline engine mated to a six-speed Skyactiv-MT manual transmission.
Apparently, this isn't the first time Mazda has done such a stunt. In 1977, German reporters drove two 323 hatchbacks also from Japan to Frankfurt. A second expedition followed in 1990 with four 626 midsize sedans crossing the former Soviet Union.