Mazda offers the choice of four agile engines that are perfectly tuned to the Mazda2's totally new high-integrity body and chassis. The result is best in-class driving dynamics, outstanding levels of ride and comfort, precise steering, plus a superb turning circle. Powering the Mazda2 is a range of highly-acclaimed in-line 4-cylinder petrol engines with 1.25 litre, 1.4 litre and 1.6 litre displacement, plus a new 1.4 litre common-rail direct injection diesel.

The 1.25 litre, DOHC, 16-valve unit generates 75 hp, the 1.4 litre of identical layout provides 80 hp, while the 1.6 litre delivers 100 hp. All capture the essence of 'Zoom-Zoom' with lively response and strong torque in the low to mid-ranges, to provide an enjoyable driving experience. This spirited performance is matched by impressive economy – a particular highlight of the 1.4 litre common-rail direct injection diesel engine, which produces 68 hp.

The innovative Automated Shift Manual transmission is available with the 1.4 litre petrol and diesel versions. It offers drivers the choice of sporty clutchless shifting on the open road or the comfort and ease of automatic mode in urban traffic.

Mazda employed intensive real-life testing and state-of-the-art computer simulation to develop and fine-tune the chassis and achieve the exceptional ride and comfort levels of the Mazda2. The reinforcement of all strategic structural joints significantly improves torsional rigidity to achieve a superbly taut chassis. Special attention was also paid to all damper, spring and bush settings on the front strut suspension and the rear torsion beam set-up. This combination delivers not only exceptional ride and comfort, but gives the Mazda2 a precise steering feel with quick turn-in and high straight line and cornering stability. A revised brake pedal system with improved response and reaction also instils driver confidence.


Mazda has employed the latest technology to achieve top passive and active safety levels in the small car segment. This uncompromising standard ensures advanced passenger protection by combining it with advanced active safety performance. On the structural side, the new Mazda2 incorporates Mazda's high-integrity, high-safety body structure called the Mazda Advanced Impact Distribution and Absorption System.

The Mazda2 features a dual-stage SRS airbag system for driver and front seat passenger, while side and curtain airbags are offered as optional equipment. A retractable brake pedal is fitted to minimise the incidence of injury to lower legs in a head-on collision, while the B-pillar has a reinforced and energy dissipating side structure to improve side impact absorption. With all these high quality safety systems in place, Mazda expects the Mazda2 to achieve a high ranking in the Euro-NCAP crash test.

In addition to passive safety devices, active safety is enhanced by superb driving dynamics, class-leading chassis rigidity and agile configuration of the secure front-wheel drive. To complete the safe experience, a state-of-the-art four-wheel ABS system offers emergency Brake Assist and Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD), while Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) is also available.

Environmental Aspects

All petrol versions of the European Mazda2 significantly improve on the Euro-4 emission levels. The car also incorporates easily recyclable thermoplastic resin as well as composite materials that can easily be broken down, while certain components are already made from recycled plastic. With its low fuel consumption, clean emissions and minimal use of harmful substances, allied to an increased potential for recycling, the Mazda2 makes a positive contribution to Mazda's effort to preserve and sustain a healthy environment.


The Mazda2 is the brand's first vehicle to be built in Europe. After being a highly successful manufacturer in the United States, Mazda has now once again transplanted its proven manufacturing expertise overseas. In the car production site in Valencia, Spain, a considerable number of quality checks have been adopted in the fully flexible assembly line in order to deliver Mazda's renowned build quality. During the build-up period to full production, a special task force of senior technicians and experienced shop floor staff are on site to support the permanent team of Mazda manufacturing engineers who supervise the production process.

Published : 20/11/02 Author : Melanie Carter

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