Mazda expects its latest Mazda2 hatchback to make a bigger impact in Europe’s highly competitive subcompact segment than the current model because of its more aggressive design, improved interior and a wide range of safety equipment. The company’s product program manager Ayumu Doi, said the five-door hatchback’s dynamic design will attract new buyers to the brand.
Mazda2 gets bigger, lighter and bolder
First car in its segment to offer a head-up display. First Mazda to offer optional LED headlamps and daytime running lights.
Many optional safety features, including automatic braking to prevent low-speed collisions, an audible alert when a vehicle crosses the car's path while reversing and lane-departure warning.
Rear seats do not fold down completely flat, reducing load space. Safety equipment only available on top-end versions.
1.5-liter diesel and gasoline engines
Singles and young couples seeking a small car with a sporty look.
At 4060mm, the fourth-generation Mazda2 is 140mm longer than the current model, but Mazda says it reduced the car’s weight by 7 percent through greater use of lightweight steels.
Launch date: February (Germany)
Base price: 12,790 euros (Germany)
Platform: Skyactive B modular platform
Where built: Japan, Thailand, Mexico
Annual sales forecast: Global sales target is 200,000
Lowest CO2 emissions: 89g/km
Main rivals: Seat Ibiza, VW Polo, Ford Fiesta, Opel Corsa
The car’s interior has been significantly enhanced with more passenger room and higher-quality materials. Mazda also improved the car’s torsional rigidity, giving it a smoother ride and quieter interior.
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The hatchback is Mazda’s No. 3 seller in Europe after the C-X5 crossover and Mazda3 compact. European sales of the Mazda2 were up slightly in the first 11 months of 2014, to 22,748 from 22,265, according to market researchers at UK-based JATO Dynamics.