Mazda2: The Second Model From Mazda's New Generation Of Vehicles



With one in every three cars purchased in the UK being in the super-mini category Mazda had to develop a car to replace the Mazda121 and Demio that would challenge the class leaders in terms of specification, driving dynamics, price and handling.

With this newly developed model, Mazda has entered the second phase of its model renewal programme. With the new brand design, high levels of functionality and intelligent technology, the compact Mazda2 follows the success of the Mazda6. It is available with four engine options, 1.25, 1.4, 1.6 petrol and 1.4 diesel with four specification levels, S, TS, TS2 and Sport. The Mazda2 goes on sale in the UK at the end of March.

The launch of the Mazda2 with similar qualities to the Mazda6 proves that the process of renewal at Mazda is continuing and will go on to affect all vehicle segments. Lewis Booth, President of Mazda Motor Corporation: "The Mazda2 embodies every aspect of our new product philosophy. Exactly like the Mazda6, it also represents the zoom-zoom feeling that is the new spirit of our brand."

The brand-typical five-point grille on the Mazda2 mirrors the Mazda6; further family resemblance is evident in the striking contours of the bonnet, the integrated headlights with their dynamic design, and the sporty front spoiler with large air intakes. Seen from the side, Mazda2’s belt line rising towards the back of the car, minimal body overhangs, and restrained sill moulding provide an appealing and confident appearance. The original rear end design of the car is dominated by the hatch, which reaches down low into the bumper area, and the elegant styling of its rear light clusters, which wrap around into the side panels. Extremely small shut line gaps, made possible through newly developed assembly techniques, also contribute to Mazda2’s attractive exterior and to its optimal aerodynamic shape.

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Published 7 February 2003 Melanie Carter

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