Zoom boon soon

New from the ground up, Mazda’s pop­u­lar city car gets all mod cons

Herald Sun - Motoring - - NEWS - JOSHUA DOWLING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR joshua.dowling@news.com.au

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)

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