Mazda2

The all-new Mazda2 carries the outstanding attributes of the Mazda6 and the thrill of motion into the small car class.

The Mazda2 is the second car in an all-new generation of eye catching products from Mazda and is one of the cornerstones of the company's product-led recovery. By fully embodying the Mazda brand DNA – "stylish", "insightful" and "spirited" – the Mazda2 delivers exceptional driving dynamics, safety technology and interior quality with superbly packaged functionality. But most of all it gives customers the thrill of motion that is reflected in Mazda's "Zoom-Zoom" brand expression.

The result is a remarkable proposition in the small car segment, targeting the European markets with specific versions that differ from the Japanese models. The input from Mazda's design and engineering centre in Europe focused on colour and trim as well as powertrain and suspension configuration to create a car that is tailored specifically to meet European demands and tastes.

The Mazda2 has been built to deliver enjoyable and easy driving in the city and on the open road, bringing superb performance and exceptional ride comfort to its class. There is a choice of four engines with displacements ranging from 1.25 to 1.6 litres, including a 1.4 litre common rail diesel.

Design

The new Mazda2 has a bold, athletic exterior that sets it apart from its competitors. From the instantly-recognisable five-point grille to the sharply accentuated bonnet lines, the sculptured body boasts a dynamic silhouette. With flared wheel arches, contoured side panels, horizontal tail lights and wide-tread tyres, the Mazda2 has strong on-road presence.

Employing high standards of craftsmanship, the design and development teams have created a high quality interior to set the Mazda2 as the benchmark in the small car category. It features easy-to-use controls and an exceptionally high standard of finish. The instrument panel boasts a polished metal-effect centre console with details, materials and colour combinations that distinguish it clearly from its rivals.

The passenger compartment is full of features to enhance comfort levels and ease of use. Through the use of light shades of grey, the interior exudes a sense of simplicity and informality.

Package/Packaging

Based on a highly functional 5-door layout, the Mazda2 takes small car packaging to a new level. The compact body boasts a comfortable and roomy passenger compartment with a practical, multi-purpose interior. Its easily adjustable seats and steering wheel ensure easy entry and exit. A new 'concave' door trim module allows the interior to achieve a level of spaciousness not previously encountered between the two front seats. The seats are ergonomically designed for comfort and lateral support, while their adjustment range is so extensive that even tall drivers will be able to find an ideal driving position.

Rear package and loadspace functionality is class leading. The rear doors open to an angle of 80 degrees, permitting easy entry, exit, and installation of a childseat. The rear seat splits 60:40 and can be folded flat without removing the headrests. Loading and unloading of the large and almost square loadspace is simple thanks to the low height of the hatch door and the sweep-clean floor. The design of the non-protruding suspension towers and small wheel housings ensure that there is even sufficient space to fit two full-size mountain bikes, without removing their wheels.

Another highlight is the large variety of convenient storage pockets – including a storage tray for small items on the passenger’s side, plus a spacious, multi-purpose two piece glove compartment, which incorporates a removable rubbish bin.

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Published : 20/11/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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