Mazda's First European Production Model The Mazda2 Revealed At Paris


Mazda Motor Corporation will reveal the all-new Mazda2 at the 102nd Paris Auto Show on 26 September. The Mazda2 will go into production at the Valencia Plant in Spain at the beginning of 2003 as Mazda's first model built in Europe.

The Mazda2 is the second of Mazda's new generation products and the vehicle was launched in the Japanese market on 7 August with the name of Demio. The Mazda2 is an entirely new vehicle developed to be the benchmark in the small car class and offers dynamic exterior design; premium interior space above other compact cars in this class; outstanding interior design and functionality; as well as class-leading driving performance, and enhanced safety and security features. The Mazda2 is scheduled to go into production at the Valencia Plant at the beginning of 2003.

Athletic Styling

Displaying Mazda's distinctive design DNA in the popular, functional 5-door layout, the all-new Mazda2 offers bold, athletic styling, featuring the 5-pointed front grille in the centre as Mazda's family face.

The interior design is based on clean and simple lines, with the low, flat instrument panel providing an open feeling and superb visibility. The metallic centre panel and overall interior is of a quality to match the best European competitors.

Driving Dynamics

The exceptional driving dynamics and handling stem from a combination of a newly developed engine range, revised suspension and steering set up, enhanced chassis and body rigidity and a more responsive braking system.

The Mazda2 offers a whole new range of engines, all of which are produced in Europe (while the Japanese Demio is equipped with engines from Hiroshima): 1.25 litre (55 kW/75 ps), 1.4 litre (59 kW/80 ps), 1.6 litre (74 kW/100 ps). All petrol and diesel engines meet Euro4 emission standard. A modern Common Rail Diesel Engine 1.4 litre DE with 50 kW/68 ps is also available.

The 1.4 litre engine (petrol and diesel versions) provides the innovative Automated Shift Manual transmission. It offers drivers the choice of sporty clutchless shifting, or a comfortable ride with automatic mode in stop-and-go traffic. Unlike conventional automatic transmission systems, fuel consumption with ASM technology is no higher than with manual transmission versions.

Multi-Purpose Cabin Space

The Mazda2 offers a large multi-purpose cabin space that seats five adults comfortably in a compact body 3,925 mm long, 1,680 mm wide, and 1,545 mm high. Adjusting the height of the driver's seat and the steering wheel will accommodate most drivers in a comfortable driving position.

The lower, wider clearance of the rear hatch opening allows easy access to the large cargo space (330 litre). Rear seats can be split 60:40 and both seat back and base can be folded in this way. Folding down the rear seats enables two mountain bikes to be loaded and the front passenger seat folds completely flat so that long cargo items can easily be transported.

Top Level Safety Features

All models employ Mazda's unique high-rigidity, high-safety body structure which disperses and absorbs the impacts from front and side collisions. In addition to the dual-stage frontal airbags, which are standard equipment, side and curtain airbags are also available as options on all models, offering the highest possible passive safety in a compact car.

The Mazda2 also offers active safety features that assist drivers in adverse driving conditions including 4W-ABS, EBA (Emergency Brake Assist) and EBD (Electronic Brake Force Distribution System), as well as DSC (Dynamic Stability Control).

Published : 28/08/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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