Zoom boon soon
New from the ground up, Mazda’s popular city car gets all mod cons
SMALL no longer has to mean boring. Mazda has brought its sweeping “zoom-zoom” design and a fancy iPad-style control panel to the city-car class.
The Japanese company has taken the covers off its new pint-sized Mazda2, which is due in Australian showrooms later this year.
The Mazda2 was the topselling car in its class last year despite nearing the end of its eight-year model life. It was supposed to be replaced two years ago, but Mazda decided to switch the order and introduced the new Mazda3 first because it’s a bigger selling and more profitable model.
Suffice to say, there is a lot riding on the new Mazda2 and it can’t come soon enough. So far this year the mini-Mazda is the second-best seller in its class behind the Hyundai i20 and ahead of the Toyota Yaris.
But the Mazda2 is still by far the favourite among private buyers across Australia, as its peers have a bigger slice of the fleet and rental-car markets.
Unlike some new models that are a refresh of the previous version, the next Mazda2 is new, from the ground up, inside and out, and under the bonnet, where there will be a choice of two 1.5-litre fourcylinder petrol engines (no diesel or hybrid options).
Much riding on it: Mazda2 with Japanese trim (and badge)