Join Date: May 2001
Mazda2 Outclasses The Competition
Powered by an 82 kilowatt, 1.5-litre engine, the all-new Mazda2 combines first-class driving dynamics with a spacious, high-quality interior and outstanding value.
Priced from just $17,790 with standard air conditioning, the Mazda2 is $1450 below the car it replaces, the 1.5-litre 121 Metro Shades, and comes standard with additional equipment worth $900.
new MZR 1.5-litre engine is the most sophisticated and powerful in its class, with it using Sequential Valve Timing to help deliver its class-leading power.
The Mazda2’s engine delivers 24 per cent more power than a Holden Barina, 49 per cent more power than the Volkswagen Polo and 28 per cent more power than the superseded 121’s 1.5-litre engine.
The MZR engine also returns improved fuel consumption when mated to either the revised five-speed manual or four-speed electronically-controlled automatic transmission.
Employing new body architecture, suspension, steering, brakes and bigger tyres, the Mazda2 backs up its power with class-leading driving dynamics.
The five-door hatch will be sold in three trim levels – Neo, Maxx and Genki (Japanese for high spirited or cheerful).
Unlike its rivals, each Mazda2 model features a unique interior to give the Neo, Maxx and Genki its own personality and buyer appeal. The new Mazda also introduces exciting, cutting-edge fashion color options such as Spicy Orange metallic, Splash Green metallic and Honey Yellow.
Adopting Mazda’s athletic design signature, which shaped the hot-selling Mazda6, the Mazda2 at 3925mm is 125mm longer than the 121 Metro and is also wider and taller and sits on a wheelbase that been stretched by 102mm.
Offering class-leading space for passengers and luggage, all Mazda2 models feature a split/fold and sliding rear seat that can be moved forward by 100mm to further boost cargo room.
The all-new Mazda2 has more cabin space than the 323 Astina launched in 1994.
It provides more rear legroom (+138mm), rear headroom (+57mm), front headroom (+50mm), front shoulder room (+16mm) and rear shoulder room (+46mm) than the previous-generation Astina hatch.
Inside, the car’s T-shaped dash, with its brushed alloy-look finish and dark blue colored dash and trim panels, sets a new class standard for design and quality.
The Mazda2 is also safer with all models coming standard with new-generation dual stage front airbags, front seatbelt pretensioners with dual stage load limiters, anti-whiplash front seats, an anti-intrusion brake pedal that reduces the chance of lower leg injuries in a heavy frontal impact and five lap/sash seatbelts.
The Genki model, which goes on sale from February 2003, comes standard with ABS anti-lock brakes complete with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and for the first time on a Mazda, Brake Assist.
The managing director of Mazda Australia, Malcolm Gough said: “The Mazda2 is the second of our new generation products that fully embrace Zoom-Zoom and fully reflect our Stylish, Insightful and Spirited brand DNA.
“Offering outstanding value and offered in three distinct models with unique interiors, the Mazda2 gives our customers unparalleled choice in this market segment and backs that up with class-leading dynamics.
“Its combination of power, space, equipment and quality will ensure that the Mazda2 makes a significant impact in its market segment”.
Mazda2 offers outstanding value with the $17,790 Neo coming standard with air conditioning, central locking, CD player, 14-inch wheels and tyres, power steering, engine immobiliser and no-cost metallic paint.
The Mazda2 Neo is priced $1450 below the superseded 121 Shades and is also more affordable than its competitors.
Mazda2 Neo is priced $1600 below a five-door Holden Barina with air conditioning and metallic paint, $2500 below the entry-level VW Polo with metallic paint and no air conditioning and $1459 below the 1.3-litre Honda Jazz with optional air conditioning and metallic paint.
The Mazda2 Maxx, which is priced from $20,570, adds a six-stack in-dash CD player, 15-inch alloy wheels, remote central locking, power windows and mirrors, wheel-mounted stereo controls that are illuminated at night – a unique feature in this class – velour trim and a rear roof-mounted spoiler.
The range-topping Genki also gets a body kit that includes a front spoiler, side and rear skirts and a rear spoiler, front fog lights, sporty interior trim and ABS brakes. It is priced from $22,195.