Mazda introduces Mazda2, MX-5 Venture editions in the UK

Article by Christian A., on February 26, 2013

Mazda has announced the start of sales of four new special versions of the Mazda2 (its top-selling model in the UK) and of its Mazda MX-5 (the No. 1 two-seater sportscar in the world). The updated Mazda2 Venture Edition five-door hatchback is currently on sale with a price tag of £13,295 on-the road (OTR).

The 84ps, 1.3-litre model rides on a set of 16-inch Bright Finish alloy wheels, black mirror housings, rear parking sensors, dusk-sensing lights and rain-sensing wipers, and a new sporty seat trim with red stitching. It also is offered with two distinct exterior colours -- Zeal Red Mica and Meteor Grey Mica.

It comes with special ‘Venture Edition’ badges. Mazda is offering an impressive standard set of equipment for the Mazda2 model including a sports styling kit, front fog lamps, privacy glass and a rear bumper sports trim.

The interior offers a premium car feel with its front, side and curtain airbags, leather steering wheel with audio controls, CD radio with Auxiliary jack and four speakers, plus a TomTom navigation with a 5.8-inch touch screen, integrated Bluetooth hands-free kit, climate control air-conditioning and electric rear windows. The Mazda MX-5 Venture Edition is also currently available.

Among its improvements are a set of new design 17-inch Bright Finish alloy wheels, heated tan leather sports seats, and tan leather door inserts. A tan fabric roof is offered for the soft-top model. Four exterior colors are available: Brilliant Black, Copper Red Mica, Meteor Grey Mica and Stormy Blue Mica.

It also comes with Venture Edition badges.  The 126ps, 1.8-litre Venture Edition soft-top with five-speed manual transmission is priced at a low of £18,895 (OTR) while the 160ps, 2.0-litre Venture Edition Roadster Coupe with powered folding roof is the top-of-the-line model with a price of £22,295. At the midpoint of this range is the 1.8-litre Roadster Coupe.

The revised Mazda MX-5 is fun to drive, now more than ever. This latest version of history's best-selling roadster not only boasts a more responsive braking and acceleration, but also an enhanced pedestrian safety and an aggressive front-end design.

Technology specialists at Mazda have fine-tuned the manual shift model's acceleration management program for better acceleration control, as well as linear response to the throttle input, particularly at lower speeds. They have likewise enhanced brake return control by optimizing vacuum brake booster. And thanks to outstanding front-rear load distribution, the legendary two-seater is able to offer better handling. You will appreciate these MX-5's advancements the most when you accelerate out of or brake into curves as it can now react more faithfully.

Moreover, the new MX-5 boasts a new active bonnet system, which raises the hood automatically at the event of an impact with pedestrian, as well as enlarges the crumple zone so as to prevent injuries or diminish their severity. The front bumper's lower section was also reinforced in order to protect people's legs better. It goes without saying that the new MX-5 is ready for more stringent EU pedestrian safety standards.

Designers at Mazda also reworked the car's front-end. The car sports a deeper grille and a new bumper design that both express a wider and lower stance, as well as a more assertive face. Meanwhile, its chin spoiler and new fog lamp bezels enhance its aerodynamics.

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