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"Mazda2 3-door: "Spunky New Baby Car Arrives" - (Australia)

May 7th, 2008



The Mazda2 3-door hatchback is priced for a fight, bursting with flair and designed to ignite desire.

  • 2008 World Car of the Year now available in sporty 3-door body
  • Prices range from $15,750 for Mazda2 Neo to $17,960 for Maxx
  • Zippy (76kW) and economical (6.4l/100km) 1.5-litre petrol engine on all models
  • Most affordable Japanese car in Australia available with six airbags and stability control

Proud parent Mazda Australia is pleased to announce the arrival of a new baby to its range of Stylish, Insightful and Spirited passenger cars. The spunky new Mazda2 3-door joins a family popular with Australian private buyers, and adds a welcome dose of excitement and passion to the 3-door light car class.

The Mazda2 3-door will attract buyers looking for the same great qualities of value, safety and elegance that have driven its 5-door sibling to exceed sales expectations by more than 50 per cent. With two less doors, the Mazda2 3-door will also draw in consumers attracted to its sportier lines and who don't need regular access to the back seats.

Doug Dickson, managing director of Mazda Australia, said: “There's really only one 3-door choice for Australian car buyers at the affordable end of the market. Only the Mazda2 3-door offers Japanese quality and style with an exhilarating mix of sportiness, safety and value.

"The Mazda2 3-door makes the rest look positively mundane."

The launch of the Mazda2 3-door comes just eight weeks after its world debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March. This is the first time Mazda Australia has offered a 3-door Mazda2.

The Mazda2 3-door goes on sale this month priced from just $15,750, making it the most affordable car in Mazda's range.

The Mazda2 3-door will be available in two specification levels – Neo and Maxx – each mirroring the specification of their 5-door siblings. All Mazda2s are powered by the same spirited 76kW, 1.5-litre, MZR four-cylinder petrol engine. A five-speed manual transmission is standard; a four-speed automatic is optional.

Standard features include an Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) and Emergency Brake Assist (EBA), remote locking, driver’s seat height adjustment, a centre rear headrest and an AUX jack that enables any MP3 player (including iPod®) to be played through the car’s audio system.

Air-conditioning, power windows and mirrors and an MP3 compatible CD player with four speakers are also part of the package.

New Mazda2 3-door is also available in Maxx grade which adds 15-inch alloy wheels, 6-disc CD player, steering wheel-mounted audio controls and a rear spoiler. The Mazda2 Maxx 3-door is priced from $17,960.

The new Mazda2 5-door was the first Mazda and the first Japanese model in the light-car class available with Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) across all models, and its 3-door sibling continues this ground breaking trend. DSC is a state-of-the-art automated anti-skid system that helps prevent front or rear wheel slides.

The Mazda2 3-door shares the same external dimensions as the Mazda2 5-door model. It measures a compact 3,885mm in length and rides on a 2,490mm wheelbase, ensuring it's not only easy to manoeuvre and park, but also embodies the Zoom-Zoom driving enthusiasm that sets Mazda's cars apart.

Despite these compact dimensions, interior space for people and cargo is very competitive.

The Mazda2’s body is light - the lightest 1.5-litre B-car in Australia - and strong. The Mazda2 is the second Mazda after the Mazda MX-5 to use ultra-high-tensile steel. The proportion of high-tensile steel has jumped from just 6 percent in the first-generation Mazda2 to 31 percent.

Like the Mazda2 5-door, the Mazda2 3-door's body benefits from carefully targeted, localised stiffening which ensures maximum rigidity with minimal weight penalty. Benefits include benchmark handling, impressive NVH and a strong passenger safety cell.

All Mazda2 models comply with the strict Euro Stage IV emission regulations and are powered by a 1.5-litre MZR engine that features Sequential Valve Timing (S-VT) to boost cylinder charging efficiency and Tumble Swirl Control Valves in the intake manifold that optimise the air/fuel ratio to promote combustion stability.

The spirited engine develops 76kW at 6,000rpm (EEC) and 137Nm at 4,000rpm (EEC) and with minimal friction losses and the low body weight, combines to realise low fuel consumption and therefore low CO2 emissions.

The Mazda2 3-door and 5-door manual consume just 6.4L/100km on the ADR 81/01 cycle. Mazda2 models equipped with the smooth-shifting 4-speed automatic transmission sip just 6.8L/100km.

Mazda Australia expects to sell about 300 Mazda2 3-door models a month.

The new Mazda2, like the rest of the Mazda passenger and SUV range, comes with a
3-year/unlimited kilometre warranty. 

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