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Mazda now offering Black Edition and White Edition Mazda2

Mazda has commenced sales of two new special edition 5-door Mazda2 models -- the Black Edition and White Edition -- on January, 1 2015 at £12,145 on-the-road. The Black Edition and White Edition do not only offers engaging driving dynamics, but also boasts of sporting styling cues and a package of distinct specification features.

Mazda UK Sales Director Peter Allibon remarked that the Mazda2 Black Edition and White Edition represent a “last chance” for their customers to get their hands on a unique version of the current 5-door Mazda2.

He added that the latest special edition models come with bespoke exterior and interior styling with a lavish standard equipment specification, which means individuality and outstanding value for money.

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UK pricing for new 2015 Mazda2 starts at £11,995 OTR

Mazda has disclosed the pricing and specifications for its all-new 2015 Mazda2 in the United Kingdom. The Mazda2 will be available in 12 petrol and four diesel variants, with pricing ranging from £11,995 to £17,395 on-the-road (OTR). The B-segment model now boasts a dynamic yet muscular cab-rearward design that features a longer wheelbase with smaller overhangs, paving way for maximized interior space – thanks to the 'KODO-Soul of Motion' design philosophy.

It also boasts of the signature 'wing' front grille and predatory headlamp styling. Inside, one could easily feel the extra shoulder and knee room as well as the enhanced improved seat comfort, coherent instrumentation and switchgear, and superior ergonomics.

The new Mazda2 could be availed in five grades -- SE, SE-L, SE-L Nav, Sport and Sport Nav – which mean that customers could benefit a premium interior finish that suits their tastes and budgets. This also means that all-new Mazda2's cabin does not only have a user-friendly layout, but also a level of cutting-edge technology.

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2015 Mazda2/Demio receives the Car of the Year Japan award

Mazda announced that its recently unveiled 2015 Mazda2 just won the Japan’s Car of the Year award. According to the press release, it was a hard ‘battle’ between the Mazda2 and the Mercedes-Benz C-Class, but the Japanese hatchback managed to win the award by 19 votes. BMW i3 took the third place, while the Subaru Levorg finished 4th, ahead of the Suzuki Hustler.

“With the Mazda2, we have rewritten the rule book for compact cars. Our new Skyactiv technology, excellent mileage, reasonable pricing and unique design all contributed to our victory today,” commented Mazda’s EVP, Kiyoshi Fujiwara.

Moreover, the BMW i3 won the ‘Innovation Award’, while the Honda N-WGN received the ‘Small Mobility Award’.

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2015 Mazda2 aims to boost US subcompact sales and rankings for the Japanese company

Mazda Motor Corp. admits that its Mazda2 hatchback has been sitting near the bottom of the subcompact car sales ranking in the United States so far this year. In fact, four of the top five subcompacts in the US are not Japanese cars anymore.

The current Mazda2 posted a 55-percent jump in sales in the first eight months of 2014 to 11,112 units, but is only good for 11th place in the US subcompact segment. Mazda hopes to change that soon with a redesign of the Mazda2 hatchback that will be rolled out in the US in 2015. After all, Mazda’s offering features its Skyactiv drivetrain, body and chassis technologies.

According to chief engineer Ayumu Doi, what will distinguish the new Mazda2 from other subcompacts are its improved drivetrain and sportier design as well as a more premium interior. He remarked that Mazda is aiming for an “upscale” in terms of quality feel."

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Mazda Motor Corp. has commenced production of the next-generation Mazda2 subcompact in Hofu, Japan and has even released the first images of the production model. Based on the images, the fourth-generation Mazda2 – called Demio in Japan -- carries the sharp creases and sportier stance of the brand’s new Kodo design language.

Mazda will start selling the subcompact in Japan in the fall and in the United States in 2015. It features the full suite of Mazda’s Skyactiv technologies, like new engines, transmissions, body, and chassis. It is the fourth Mazda nameplate to get the Skyactiv makeover, following the CX-5 crossover and Mazda6 and Mazda3 sedans.

The US-bound Mazda2 is expected to be built at Mazda’s new Salamanca factory, Mexico, which the carmaker opened earlier this year. Supplemental volume for the US market may also be sourced from Japan, although the carmaker has yet to release details of its sourcing plans.

Read the entire article Mazda starts production of 2015 Mazda2/Demio in Japan

After yesterday’s leaked photos, Mazda officially introduced today the 2015 Mazda2 also known as Demio in Japan. Set to make its world debut at the 2014 Paris Motor Show in October, the all-new Mazda2/Demio features the full range of ultra-efficient Skyactiv Technology.

According to Mazda, Europe will get a new small displacement clean diesel engine, the Skyactiv-D 1.5 but also different power versions of the Skyactiv-G 1.5 petrol engine. The Skyactiv-D diesel engine delivers 105 hp (77 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

The petrol engine is not new as Mazda is already using it in the 2014 Mazda3.

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The first images with the 2015 Mazda2/ Mazda Demio emerged today on the web ahead of its official debut. Clearly inspired by the Hazumi Concept that was revealed back in March at the 2013 Geneva Motor Show, the new 2015 Mazda2 known as Demio in Japan shows much of the styling details except the futuristic elements, of course.

The interior is simple but stylish, dominated by the three-spoke steering wheels and by a touchscreen that can also be controlled through the rotary button located next to the handbrake lever.

Under the hood, we expect to find the 1.5-liter petrol engine that generates 99 hp, but also a new 1.5-liter SkyActiv-D diesel that develops 104 hp and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm. The engines will be offered with a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission.

Read the entire article Leaked: 2015 Mazda2/Demio shows its new face

The all-new Mazda2 will feature the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, Mazda’s new 1.5-liter clean diesel engine, when the next-generation model is initially launched in Japan. The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 was unveiled at the Geneva International Motor Show in March alongside the Mazda Hazumi concept, which became the basis for the Mazda2.

The new engine – which shares with its the SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel fitted in the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3 – was developed with an aim of achieving ideal combustion even in a very low compression ratio.

The SKYACTIV-D 1.5 features expanded homogenous lean burn range, less mechanical resistance, and new insulation technology that offset the increased cooling loss typical in a smaller engine.

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Mazda teased the Hazumi Concept ahead of 2014 Geneva Motor Show but he ‘naughty’ car appeared today on the web. Featuring aggressively designed headlamps, stylish design lines on the side, a rear roof spoiler and big 5-spoke alloy wheels. The new concept car is believed to preview the next Mazda2 subcompact and looking at the concept we might see an interesting city car on the market.

According to Mazda, ‘Hazumi’ means ‘spring up’ or ‘bound’ in Japanese. Moreover, the Japanese carmaker says that the Hazumi concept is “particularly well-suited to a small car that appears to be bursting with energy”.

At the 2014 Geneva Motor Show, Mazda will also bring its new 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D diesel engine but for the moment there are no details if this new power plant will be found on the upcoming Mazda2.

Read the entire article Leaked: Mazda Hazumi Concept shows up, previews next Mazda2?

It appears that the latest trend is the small SUV segment and just like the other carmakers Mazda wants in this game. As a result, the Japanese company will introduce later this year a Mazda2-based crossover. Taking on its Japanese rival Honda Vezel, the new Mazda2-based crossover will be slotted below the Mazda CX-5 and will be initially sold in Japan.

Still, we expect to see this car also in Europe but especially on the emerging markets. Moreover, the new crossover will also get Mazda2’s new design as this will be introduced this summer. Asked about all these information, Mazda declined to comment, calling them speculative. The new crossover is expected to cost around 1.5 million yen and 2.0 million yen ($15,000-$20,000), according to Nikkei.

Furthermore, Mazda is also planning to expand its crossover line to three vehicles in Japan, with the new mid-sized CX-9 crossover. This vehicle is expected to receive a redesign and will arrive in Japan somewhere in 2015.

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Mazda Motor Corp.’s famous rotary engine is back, now in the form of a range extender for a prototype of a Mazda hybrid hatchback. The hybrid prototype operates as an electric vehicle, with an electric motor powering the wheels. When the charge of the lithium ion battery goes low, a gasoline-powered 0.33-liter rotary engine placed in the rear will generate power to recharge it.

This powertrain – called by Mazda as RE Range Extender, short for Rotary Engine Range Extender -- is similar to the one installed in the Chevrolet Volt, which is also an extended-range hybrid. The unveiling of the prototype in Yokohama came weeks after chief executive Masamichi Kogai said that they have no plans for a production car powered by rotary engines.

Kogai remarked then that sales would have to reach 100,000 units annually to justify a commercial revival of the rotary engine. He, however, admitted that Mazda engineers continued to work on the rotary engine technology – resulting to modified range-extender Mazda2. The Mazda2 hybrid might help the carmaker comply with California’s strict zero emissions requirements, according to Takashi Suzuki, program manager for advanced powertrain development.

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Mazda has unveiled a special edition of the Mazda2 in celebration of the arrival of the spring season. The special version of the Mazda2, the company’s best-selling model in the United Kingdom, is dubbed the ‘Venture Edition’ and has an on-the-road selling price of only £12,995. The new Venture Edition, based on the five-door hatchback Tamura model, features a striking combination of advanced technology and a premium cabin ambience.

The Venture Edition features a number of new equipment including Sanyo TomTom navigation system that comes with a 5.8-inch touch screen, integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit, electric rear windows and climate control air-conditioning. On the outside, the Venture Edition dons 16-inch gunmetal alloy wheels, front fog lamps, sports styling kit, a rear bumper sports trim and privacy glass.

The company will just produce 1,500 Venture Editions, all of which are available in six special exterior finishes, including two unique for this model.

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The first electric vehicle from Mazda is set to arrive in the United States by 2018. That’s right folks, an electric Mazda2 subcompact will debut in the U.S. within 6 years. The new Mazda2 EV, also known as the Demio EV in Japan, uses lithium ion batteries and has a range of 124 miles (200 km) on a full charge and has a top speed of 87 mph or 140 km/h.

Still, Mazda’s Chief Engineer Mitsuru Fujinaka said that the company will try to do it earlier, but the good news is that sooner or later we will see these electric vehicles.

For those who don’t know, Mazda has lagged in developing expensive electric and hybrid vehicles, as the company focused its r&d budget on overhauling its internal combustion engine lineup. Apparently, this is a less costly approach to achieving better fuel economy.

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Mazda has introduced the Turbo2 today at the 2011 SEMA Show, which offers an even better performance than the Mazda2 presented to the North American market last year. Mazda2 was known as Zoom-Zoom Concentrated but the Turbo2 certainly deserves its tag as Zoom-Zoom Concentrated, Extra Strength.

The powerful and practical Turbo2 is powered by a MAZDASPEED3 MZR 2.3-liter Direct Injection Spark Ignition (DISI) turbo engine. When the engine is started, it produces a growling sound that pulsates through the cockpit and on to the feet. The Turbo2 is a five-passenger subcompact that has a flexible storage and seating capacity.

Turbo2 is often described as the spunky and sporty little Mazda. It comes with an HR coil over suspension kit, Corksport sway bars and customized Brembo front brakes with 13-inch ventilated as well as slotted rotors. The rear brakes are unchanged and are still the stock parts from Mazda.

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Japanese carmaker Mazda has unveiled limited-edition versions of the MX-5 and the Mazda2 that takes inspiration from the world of motorsport. In particular, the MX-5 Sport Black takes its inspiration from the MX-5 GT racer that rivals Lotus, BMW and Ferrari in the Britcar Production GTN Championship.

The basis for the new road version of the MX-5 is the Sport Tech Roadster Coupé model powered by a 2.0-liter engine that delivers 160 bhp of max output and is mated to a six-speed transmission. Among its new features is a ‘Brilliant Black’ retractable hardtop roof that’s offered in three bodywork colors like metallic ‘Spirited Green’, pearlescent ‘Crystal White’ and ‘Velocity Red’ mica.

It also comes with a set of gunmetal 17-inch alloy wheels, and a black leather interior, a Piano Black steering wheel as well as several deco panel and limited-edition floor mats. This equipment specification is similar to what is offered on the Sport Tech, which includes air-con, a Bose audio system, a Bluetooth hands-free kit, cruise control as well as front fog lights.

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Mazda has recently released the updated version of the Demio -- known in Europe as the Mazda2 -- for the market in Japan. Mazda’s new 1.3-liter SKYACTIV-G direct-injection gasoline engine is featured in the 2012 model year.

This unit, which was presented in May at the Pacifico Yokohama convention center near Tokyo, Japan, features dual sequential valve timing as well as an ultra high compression ratio. The SKYACTIV-G 1.3 and Mazda’s i-stop idling stop system results to a record high compression ratio of 4.0:1.

These are combined with avoiding technologies such as piston cavities that are meant to maintain ideal combustion and multi hole injectors to achieve precise fuel injection. Mazda filed 130 patents for the new 1.3-liter, which delivers 82 hp at 5,400 rpm (62 kW) and 112 Nm (83 LB-FT)of torque at 4,000 rpm. The Japanese test cycles show that the Demio offers 30km/l (for the combined cycle).

Read the entire article 2011 Mazda2 (Demio) Facelift: details, photos, specs and price

There is a new automatic model for the Mazda2 named the “Activematic.” This version is powered by a 1.5-liter petrol engine that is mated to a four-speed automatic transmission.

This enables the Activematic to return 44.8mpg and emit 146g/km CO2. Accelerating from zero to 60mph is accomplished in 11.9sec and the vehicle can reach a top speed of 105mph.

In addition, Mazda announced the 2 ‘Tamura’, which features16-inch alloy wheels. Its sports styling kit consists of side skirts, rear spoiler and four-lamp headlights. The Activematic has a starting price of £12,060 while the 1.3-liter Tamura is priced from £11,520.

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As you may know already, Mazda introduced the 2011 Mazda2/Demio Facelift at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and made quite a buzz, but what you didn’t know is that the Japanese manufacturer says that the new hatchback may be the most fuel-efficient gasoline car in the world.

Whoa!? Yes, according to Mazda, the subcompact would get fuel economy of 30 km/liter (70 mpg), without any help from an electric motor… imagine what would happen if we’d have a hybrid version of the Mazda2!

Apparently, the new car is the first to be fitted with Mazda's next-generation gasoline and diesel engine and transmission technology, dubbed SKYACTIV. Mazda wants to improve fuel economy of its cars by 30 percent by 2015, and the SKYACTIV is the perfect technology to do that.

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The latest iteration of the current Mazda2 has been unveiled at the 2010 Paris auto show – featuring a slew of updates that are sure to cement its position in the small car segment in Europe. Agile and fast as ever while emitting lower emissions and consuming less fuel, the upgraded version of the Mazda2 is now blessed with the new Mazda family face as well as newly designed wheels.

Available in two body styles – five-door hatchback and sporty three-door hatchback – the new Mazda2 is now offered with two new exterior colors: Aquatic Blue Mica and Burgundy Red Mica. This means that customers could choose from 11 available exterior colors, depending on the market.

Now, the upgraded Mazda2 features new dynamic 16-inch alloy wheels and 15-inch steel wheel cover designs. For those opting for the Sport version, they would be treated to side skirts and a rear roof spoiler.

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Mazda's in-house tuning company, Mazdaspeed, gave the Mazda2 a makeover package, dubbed as the 2Evil Special concept car. It is currently showcased at the L.A. Auto Show.

At the same time, the standard Mazda2 also made its North American debut at the show and put on display 2 concept cars to commemorate its arrival, the Mazda Active2 Surf & Snow Special Concepts.

The Mazda 2Evil Special is described by the company as "a weekend track car that can function equally well as an urban commuter."

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