2015 Mazda 2 Archive

  • VIDEO: Mazda 2 1.5 hatchback in-depth walk-around

    Our latest walk-around video stars the little car with a big following – the 2015 Mazda 2. The hatchback enters the fourth generation wielding striking Kodo looks, a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G four-cylinder petrol engine and a six-speed auto with Sport mode.

    Fully-imported (CBU) from Thailand, the RM85k hatch is the longest car in its class at 4,060 mm, and its wheelbase among the longest at 2,570 mm – but how much of all that translates to cabin and boot room? Few ways of showing this better than with a video, right?

    But it’s the interior that leaves a lasting impression. You’re cocooned by black and red, classy-looking fabric and leather, circular air vents (plus a single ‘hidden’ air vent), seven-inch MZD Connect touch-screen, Commander Control knob and head-up display – there’s little not to like; hit Play and see for yourself!

    Still thirsty for more knowledge? Read our complete launch report and review from Japan. You can also pore over all the specs and compare it to its classmates on CarBase.my.

     
     
  • Mazda 2 Sedan SkyActiv-D diesel displayed at launch

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    The sole Mazda 2 Sedan on display at yesterday’s launch event was in fact a SkyActiv-D diesel-engined model, as the eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed.

    Suffice to say, the oil burner is not available in Malaysia at this point in time – the vehicle is here for research purposes. According to Bermaz Motor ED Ben Yeoh, the company is pushing for higher-quality diesel in the market, which will go some way towards making possible the introduction of the advanced SkyActiv-D diesel engine here.

    The 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D ‘clean diesel’ under the bonnet is a new engine, having debuted on the new Mazda 2. It’s set to be assembled at a new engine plant in Chonburi, Thailand from Q4 2015.

    The Euro 6-compliant motor, aided by a variable-geometry turbo and direct injection, makes 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 250 Nm of torque between 1,500 and 2,500 rpm.

    Additionally, homogeneous lean burning and an extremely low 14.8:1 compression ratio are claimed to help it achieve low NOx emissions without resorting to expensive after-treatments.

    The Mazda 2 SkyActiv-D is Thailand’s first diesel-powered Eco Car. The figures to beat are 23.3 km per litre and 100 grams of CO2 per km, and with a six-speed auto and auto start/stop, the vehicle manages 26.4 km per litre on the Japanese cycle. It was reported last month that the engine may make its Malaysian debut as early as 2016.

     
     
  • SPIED: 2015 Mazda 2 hatchback spotted in Malaysia

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    Lo and behold, here’s the 2015 Mazda 2 hatchback in Malaysia, pictured here before it’s launched by readers Hakimin Zahid, Cliff and Kas Gan. It looks like the new B-segment hatch is already on its way to showrooms.

    That, paired with the fact that Malaysian brochures and even the official price lists have been circulated on the Net, means that its launch is imminent.

    At this point, there’s little that we don’t know of the upcoming Ford Fiesta-fighter. It’ll be priced at RM85,470 (OTR without insurance) – the same with the sedan variant – and come with very decent specs, including keyless entry, auto air-con, leather upholstery, MZD Connect infotainment system with six speakers, and even a head-up display.

    These new pictures confirm the standard two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels and the reflector-type headlamps (instead of the fancier projector unit with LED daytime running lights). The sedan version should get the same wheels and headlights too.

    Common to both variants will be a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G direct-injected petrol engine with 114 hp at 6,000 rpm and 148 Nm at 4,000 rpm, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Airbag count won’t go past two, though thankfully, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) will be offered as standard.

    It won’t be long till the official launch now, but want to know if it’s worth waiting for? Read our first impressions of the 2015 Mazda 2 hatchback to find out.


    Mazda 2 Hatch at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show
    Mazda 2 Sedan world debut at the 2014 Thai Motor Expo

     
     
  • 2015 Mazda 2 brochure leaked – full specs revealed

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    An enterprising Mazda dealer has already leaked the brochure for the new 2015 Mazda 2, with full specifications – it seems that the new B-segment hatchback and sedan, built at the AutoAlliance Thailand (AAT) plant in Rayong, will finally make its local debut very soon.

    As expected, the equipment levels pretty much match the tentative spec sheet released last October. Outside, the 2 gets the higher-end two-tone 16-inch alloy wheels and front fog lights, but there’s one omission that stands out.

    The earlier spec sheet listed daytime running lights, which made us assume they were LED ones that come with the fancier projector headlights. It now appears that the headlights will actually be reflector units, with the DRLs being regular bulbs.

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    The interior is very well equipped, coming in with keyless entry, push-button start, auto air-conditioning, black leather upholstery (with a red stripe running down the middle of the seats, like on Indonesian-market models), an MZD Connect infotainment system with a seven-inch touchscreen, Commander Control knob and six speakers, and even a head-up display. Not even our Mazda 3 has the last one.

    Under the bonnet is a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G direct-injected, high-compression four-cylinder petrol engine, delivering 114 hp at 6,000 rpm and 148 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The mill is mated to a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission with paddle shifters, and is equipped with i-Stop automatic start-stop.

    Safety features are just about par for the course in the segment – two airbags, but ABS with EBD and brake assist, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Isofix child seat anchors are all fitted as standard.

    Both sedan and hatch share the same kit, and will also retail the same – a price list surfaced on the Internet recently, listing a sticker of RM85,470 on-the-road without insurance, with navigation mentioned as a RM1,200 option.

    Four colours will be made available – Soul Red Metallic, Metropolitan Grey, Aluminium Metallic and Snowflake White Pearl, and a three-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year/60,000 km free service package was listed in an oto.my ad.

    We’ve driven the 2015 Mazda 2 before, and you can read our impressions here. You can also check out our coverage of the Indonesian-market version, as well as the world premiere of the sedan at the Thai Motor Expo last November.


    Mazda 2 Hatch at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show
    Mazda 2 Sedan world debut at the 2014 Thai Motor Expo

     
     
  • New Mazda 2 pricing, specs revealed – RM85,470

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    The price list for the 2015 Mazda 2 SkyActiv has surfaced on Facebook ahead of the B-segmenter’s launch later this month. An OTR without insurance figure of RM85,470 is stated, for both the sedan and hatchback.

    Some equipment is also mentioned, including 16-inch alloys, leather seats, keyless entry and start, a seven-inch MZD Connect touch-screen with Commander Control knob and reverse camera, shift paddles, auto climate control, i-stop start/stop system, DRLs and get this – a head-up display, which even our Mazda 3 doesn’t have. Navigation is listed as a RM1,200 option.

    The only safety kit listed here is traction control, although if our oto.my ad is to be believed, the Malaysian-spec Mazda 2 will come with two airbags and stability control. No mention has been made anywhere of the i-Activsense safety suite.

    The oto.my ad also indicates Soul Red, Meteor Grey, Aluminium and White body colours, as well as a three-year/100,000 km warranty and three years’/60,000 km of free service.

    In the new Mazda 2, a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol four-cylinder engine with direct injection and a 14.0:1 compression ratio sends 115 hp and 148 Nm of torque to the front wheels through a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive auto.

    We’ve driven the 2015 Mazda 2 – read our impressions here. You can also check out our coverage of the Indonesian-market version, as well as the sedan’s world premiere at the 2014 Thai Motor Expo.

    Mazda 2 Hatch at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show

    Mazda 2 Sedan world debut at the 2014 Thai Motor Expo

     
     
  • 2015 Mazda 2 appears on oto.my – launch imminent?

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    The launch of the new 2015 Mazda 2 looks to be nigh – the latest ad on our sister classifieds site oto.my lists deliveries to start between end-January and early-March, so the local introduction should be held at an earlier date. The copy estimates a price of between RM85k-RM88k, right in the ballpark of the indicative pricing teased by Bermaz in October – RM85k for the sedan and RM87k for the hatchback.

    Specifications and equipment for the Thai-assembled fourth-gen DJ listed in the ad pretty much mirror the tentative spec sheet – power comes from a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-G petrol four-pot with direct injection and a 14.0:1 compression ratio, producing 115 hp and 148 Nm. Channeling the power to the front wheels is a six-speed SkyActiv-Drive automatic transmission.

    Kit count appears to be high for the B-segment, with keyless entry, push-button start, Mazda’s MZD Connect infotainment system complete with a seven-inch LCD touchscreen, paddle shifters, a reverse camera, leather seats, automatic air-conditioning, i-stop automatic start-stop system and even a head-up display. The only area it seems to fall slightly short is in safety – just two airbags, although stability control is fitted.

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    According to the ad, the new 2 will come in four colours – Soul Red, Meteor Grey, Aluminium and White. A three-year/100,000 km warranty and a three-year/60,000 km free service package is said to be offered, just like other Mazda models sold here.

    We’ve of course driven the 2015 Mazda 2 before, and you can read our impressions here. You can also check out our coverage of the Indonesian-market version, as well as the world premiere of the sedan at the Thai Motor Expo last November.

    GALLERY – Mazda 2 at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show (IIMS)

     
     
  • Mazda 2 Sedan unveiled at 2014 Thai Motor Expo!

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    Yup, it’s the car everyone’s been waiting to see take the stage at the show – it’s the new Mazda 2 Sedan! The booted version of the fourth-generation Mazda 2 hatch is Hiroshima’s answer to the likes of the Honda City, Toyota Vios and Nissan Almera.

    Whether your breath is taken away by its looks or not (compared to the Mazda 6 and Mazda 3), there’s little denying that it’s a far cry from the outgoing model – for once, it no longer looks like a hatch with a boot grafted on.

    The 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D-engined version is Thailand’s first diesel-powered Eco Car, and it has been approved for Phase 2 of the programme. The numbers to beat are 23.3 km per litre and 100 grams of CO2 per km – the 105 hp oil burner, when connected to a six-speed auto with i-stop stop/start system, does 26.4 km per litre in the Japanese cycle.

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    The automaker’s AutoAlliance Thailand plant, where the car will be built, is set to expand its production capacity, and Mazda Powertrain Manufacturing will begin making SkyActiv-Drive six-speed auto ‘boxes in January. Thai assembly of the SkyActiv-D 1.5 clean diesel mill is set to start in Q4 2015 when its new engine plant in Chonburi begins operations.

    At that point, it will collectively make Thailand the first country outside Japan to undertake comprehensive production of Mazdas (including gearbox, engine and vehicle assembly).

    When the new Mazda 2 Sedan launches in Thailand early next year, it will be equipped with features such as MZD Connect, HMI touch-screen with Commander Control knob, Active Driving Display, i-stop and i-Eloop regenerative braking. We already have a good idea of what the Malaysian Mazda 2 Sedan will feature in terms of equipment – provisional specifications came about last month.

     
     
  • Mazda 2 Sedan – first photos out, full reveal next week

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    Here it is, the upcoming Mazda 2 Sedan! Set to make its world debut at the Thailand International Motor Expo 2014 next week with a 1.5 litre SkyActiv-D diesel engine, Mazda has just released these official photos of its answer to the Honda City and Toyota Vios. Do you like what you see?

    A lot of people see the Mazda 3 as a smaller Mazda 6, and this 2 Sedan is very much a mini 3. Immediately you’d notice that the car’s proportions is a huge improvement over the outgoing model’s awkward stance. It’s no longer a hatchback with an afterthought boot extension.

    In fact, the rear shoulder line flows very nicely into a short, yet pleasantly styled back end with a neatly integrated bootlid spoiler. While it looks more than decent in photos, we’ll defer our judgement until we see it in the flesh. We’ll have more info plus live photos from Thailand next week, so stay tuned.

     
     
  • Mazda 2 SkyActiv-D to be first diesel Thai eco car; sedan body set for BKK world debut next month

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    Here’s some news zooming in from the Land of Smiles, half of it relevant to Malaysia. Bangkok Post reports that the Mazda 2 Sedan will be making its world debut at the upcoming Thai Motor Expo. The 2014 edition of the annual year end show will open at the end of November. Thai sales start in January 2015.

    This piece of info confirms what we’ve suspected after various sightings of test mules racking up miles in Thailand, and word that the Thai-assembled Mazda 2 Sedan will be priced at RM85,xxx in Malaysia. Revealing local tech sheet aside, we’ve also featured renderings of the booted Mazda 2 whipped up by Theophilus Chin, which you can view here.

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    Mazda 2 Sedan dimensions compared with other B-segment sedans – click to enlarge chart

    The second part is big news for Thais, who will get their first diesel-powered eco car in the form of the Mazda 2 SkyActiv-D. The eco car standard is 23.3 km/l and 100 g/km of CO2 emissions, and the Mazda 2 diesel will meet it – the 105 hp 1.5 litre diesel engine, when paired to a six-speed automatic gearbox and auto stop-start, does 26.4 km/l in the Japanese cycle.

    No prices were mentioned, but the English language daily mentions the Honda Jazz (non eco car B-segment rival) as a price benchmark for the diesel 2, and points us to the 600,000 to 750,000 baht (RM60,669 to RM75,837) range. Mazda has intentions to export the diesel 2 to Australia and Europe from Thailand. Malaysia? No chance with our Euro 2 diesel.

    Check out our test drive report of the new Mazda 2 and our IIMS 2014 gallery for an idea of what to expect.

    Mazda 2 Hatchback at the 2014 Indonesia International Motor Show

     
     
  • Production of LHD Mazda 2 begins at new Mexico plant

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    Production of the Mazda 2, or Demio in Japan, has begun at the Mazda de Mexico Vehicle Operation (MMVO) plant, along with operations at MMVO’s engine machining plant – which became active on October 21. The new plant aims to curb the growing demands of Mazda cars by targeting a production capacity of 250,000 units annually.

    The MMVO facility is the third global plant to begin manufacturing the new Mazda 2. The first was the Hofu plant in Japan which begun operations in July, followed by the Auto Alliance (Thailand) plant which started assembly of the car in September.

    “With the start of production of the all-new Mazda2, operations underway at the engine machining plant, and an increase in our annual production capacity, we now have an even stronger production framework capable of supplying global markets with SKYACTIV products of the same high quality level as those made in Japan,” said MMVO president Keishi Egawa.

    GALLERY: Mazda 2 at IIMS 2014

     
     
 

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