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All-new Mazda2 Breaks Cover

Picks up Japanese maker’s latest design language.

by on Jul.18, 2014

The new 2016 Mazda2 debuted in Japan today.

We got our first hint of what’s to come during the Geneva Motor Show last March when Mazda rolled out the Hazumi concept vehicle. But now, the Japanese company is making it official with the formal roll-out of the new Mazda2 subcompact.

It marks a completely new look for the new model and suggests that Mazda is serious about gaining traction in the small car segment – which has been growing just about everywhere, including the U.S. For American buyers, the redesign might seem to be coming quickly, considering the Mazda2 has only been offered here since 2011. But what’s known as the Demio in Japan was last updated seven years ago and is now entering its fourth generation.

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Mazda isn’t ready to talk about the American version of the Mazda2/Demio, but in overseas trim it’s going to be sold with three different engine options, both 1.3-liter and a 1.5-liter gasoline packages and a 1.5-liter clean diesel. Both use the maker’s new SkyActiv technologies, including high compression and direct injection, to yield significantly better mileage than potential buyers might otherwise expect. (more…)

First Drive: Mazda 2

The Zoom-Zoom company’s subcompact would benefit from Skyactiv transfusion.

by on Jan.18, 2012

The Mazda 2 joins a growing list of subcompacts being sold in the U.S.

Americans have had a rather sordid history with subcompacts. For generations, automakers have built them, only to have them wither on the sales vine as fuel prices rise and then fall again, causing buyers to go back to their Hummers and other creatures of cheap fuel.

But this time could be different. Fuel prices are now about triple what they were just a dozen years ago and a growing thirst for oil around the world means prices will probably never return to such low prices.

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So subcompacts may have a chance this time. What will help is if automakers can resist the idea that small cars also have to be tinny penalty boxes. Give buyers more style, inside and out, and at least the option to get the features they want, and maybe they’ll give them a try.

The Mazda 2 is such a car. It at least makes an effort to be stylish, has tons of feature and it has the added benefit of being a Mazda, meaning that it should be endowed with the sportiest handling in its class.

So, let’s take a look.

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