The Mk3 began life as the 3rd Generation Limited, also known as the launch edition. This was only the second time Japan produced a special edition for worldwide sale, the first being the Mk2 10th anniversary. 3500 launch editions were produced, with 300 being allocated to the UK. Each car has a unique plaque by the gear lever stating its number. Our own car for example (pictured above) which was imported from Japan in 2005 before the car was launched in the UK, is number 807 / 3500. Based on a 2.0L sport model, there are many additional features that identify it as a launch edition. The Velocity Red Mica paint; the chrome windscreen surround, door handle covers, fog light surrounds and grille surround; special 17″ alloys and a seven speaker Bose stereo system. Further special editions followed such as the Z-Sport and Icon in 2007, and the Niseko in 2008.
So which model do you have?
|Model||Model Code||Production Dates||Main Distinguishing Features|
|Mk1||NA||1989 – 1998||Pop up head lights|
|Mk2||NB||1998 – 2000||Fixed headlights|
|Mk2.5||NB-FL||2001 – 2005||Openings for fog lamps in the front bumper|
|Mk3||NC||2005 – 2008||Complete redesign with the car being longer and wider|
|Mk3.5||NC-FL||2009 – 2013||Larger grille opening and “leaf” shaped fog lamp openings|
|Mk3.75||NC-FL2||2013 – 2015||Even larger grille opening and squarer fog lamp openings|
|Mk4||ND||2015 on||Awesome new looks|