The Mazda2 is one of those little subcompact cars, or “supermini” if you prefer, that really doesn’t get the attention it deserves. Just like the Mazda3, Mazda6, CX-3, and CX-5, the Mazda2 features the most recent interpretation of the Kodo Soul of Motion design styling with sculpted body creases and a much larger grille up front. Compared to the outgoing model, the Mazda2 is sportier than before and offers a two-tone interior that is both comfortable and function for such a small vehicle. For the new generation, Mazda is bringing a brand new SkyActiv-D, 1.5-liter diesel to go with the 1.5-liter and 1.3-liter gasoline-powered engines. Consumers have the choice of a manual or automatic transmission with all engines and can expect fuel economy and power similar to that found in the Ford Fiesta and the Volkswagen Polo.
The previous-generation Mazda2 didn’t exactly perform very well in the U.S. Sales were slow and supply with also spread thin. Despite the fact that the 2016 Mazda2 will be produced in Mexico, the Mazda2 isn’t going to be available in the U.S. for the foreseeable future. To put it simply, we just love our larger cars now that gas prices aren’t $4.00 a gallon and with so much competition in the subcompact segment it just doesn’t make sense right now. Give it time and the four-gen model ma make it to the U.S., just don’t expect it to happen right away. Regardless of that, let’s take a good look at the Mazda2 and what the new generation brings to the table.
Click past the jump to read more about the 2015 Mazda2.
After being teased for quite some time now, the new generation Mazda 6 has finally made its first appearance today before its official debut at the 2012 Moscow Motor Show (August 29 through September 9, 2012). The new model is set to go on sale by the end of the year, with prices to be announced at a later date.
The new Mazda 6 is the second Mazda model - after the new CX-5 - to adopt the company’s full range of Skyactiv technology and the "KODO – Soul of Motion" design language. The sedan is the mass production model born of the Mazda Takeri concept unveiled back in 2011. On the exterior the new Mazda 6 combines the animalistic tenacity, dignity and a sporty flare, while the interior has received better quality materials and a nicer design.
As for the engine lineup, Mazda announced details just for one gasoline, but for sure more engines will be used. This Skyactiv-G 2.5 produces nearly 200 horsepower.
Updated 01/03/2013: Mazda announced U.S. prices for the new-generation Mazda 6 which is now on sale. Prices will range from $20,880 for the entry i Sport version and up to $29,495 for the i Grand Touring version. The mid-level version, i Touring trim, is priced at $24,495. Mazda is offering an optional Touring Technology Package priced at $2,000 and a MRCC/FOW Package priced at $900.
Updated 07/05/2013: Mazda has announced the fuel economy and pricing for the all-new i-ELOOP system. See the amazing mpg increase after the jump.
Next to the sedan model, Mazda will also be unveiling the station wagon version of the 2013 Mazda 6 at the 2012 Paris Auto Show. Both models displayed at the French show will be powered by Mazda’s new SKYACTIV-D 2.2 clean diesel engine and are scheduled to go on sale later this year.
The future station wagon Mazda 6 will feature the same design language as the sedan, except of course for the specific estate rear that will add more cargo space. just like the sedan, the station wagon will incorporate both the full range of SKYACTIV technology and the new KODO Soul of Motion design theme.
At its official market launch, the new Mazda6 Wagon will be offered with a choice of two engines: a Skyactiv-G 2.0 delivering 148 HP and a Skyactiv-D 2.2 diesel. The new diesel engine will be offered in either Standard Power or High Power versions and will be combined with Mazda’s unique brake energy regeneration system, i-ELOOP.
We all watched as Mazda rolled out the sexy Mazda Takeri concept car in New York. At that same time we learned that the 2014 Mazda6, which we will see at the 2012 Paris Auto Show, will be “strongly influenced” by the Takeri concept and we became rather excited by its potential. With those “look at me” body lines we assumed that there would be some hot V-6 option for this new stylish body. Unfortunately, Mazda went in a completely different direction, according to Mazda spokesperson Jeremy Barnes, via Automotive News.
Barnes made it quite clear that there are no plans to place a V-6 option or any other performance engine option under the 2014 Mazda6’s new hood. Actually, Mazda is even axing the somewhat impressive 170-horsepower, 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine. The likely replacement for both engines is the Skyactiv 2.0-liter four-banger that cranks out a respectable-for-its-size 155 horsepower and 150 pound-feet of torque. However, if you have to add “for its size” in front of something, that’s typically not a good thing.
The goal of this freshly revised Mazda6 is obviously fuel economy, which we can respect Mazda for doing. In all honesty though, they could produce a turbo-charged four-cylinder or even borrow an EcoBoost engine from Ford, who still owns a small share of Mazda. A possible performance engine would be the 250-horsepower, 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine slated for the upcoming Focus ST.
Having said all of that, Mazda did not completely rule out a future optional Skyactiv V-6 option for the Mazda6, but for now we will only see a four-cylinder engine.
We just hope that Mazda isn’t cutting its own throat by offering an under-powered four-cylinder for this hot-looking model. Then again, the automotive world tends to change with the wind, so you never know what may actually happen between now and the 2014 Mazda6’s release in the first quarter of 2013.
Mazda’s lightweight, entry level hatchback will be getting an upgrade for 2011 with the same focus on low fuel consumption and reduced emissions as other models in the lineup. This focus is thanks to the Euro 5 standards for cars that have many automakers changing things up to progressively move forward. The Mazda2 will be unveiled at this year’s Paris Auto Show and will come with a bit of a facelift.
The facelift Mazda2 will get new front styling featuring Mazda’s unique family face, a new interior, upgraded Euro V compliant powertrain line-up, and an upgraded chassis for even better ride comfort. An automatic transmission will also be offered for the very first time.
Next to the Mazda2, the Japanese company will also be unveiling a Mazda3 and Mazda5, both powered by a a new, more economical MZ-CD 1.6 diesel engine with 115 HP. The new engine will be mated to a new lightweight 6-speed manual transmission and will come with a 15 percent CO2 emissions reduction in comparison to previous 2.0-liter diesel. It also has a fuel consumption of only 4.4 l/100km.
Press release after the jump.
Mazda unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the Kiyora Concept, a model that features Mazda’s new Smart Idle-Stop System (SISS) system and direct injection engines in an attempt to improve the average fuel economy of Mazda vehicles sold globally 30% by 2015.
Mazda Kiyora gives an indication where Mazda could go with a small, eco-friendly city car in the near future. It is highly fuel efficient, with a very small CO2 footprint, delivering Zoom- Zoom driving fun and high levels of safety. The car chieves this by taking Mazda’s acclaimed lightweight strategy to a new level by employing an extremely rigid and lightweight carbon-fibre body structure beneath a small, aerodynamic outer skin and a spirited, small-displacement 1.3-liter direct injection engine.
Mazda’s SISS saves fuel by automatically shutting down the engine when the vehicle is stationary, and achieves a quick and quiet restart for stress free driving. The system injects a small amount of fuel directly into the engine’s cylinders and ignites it to generate downward piston force which, with the aid of an electric motor, rapidly returns the engine to idle speed.
Press release after the jump.
Mazda unveiled at the Paris Auto Show the freshened Mazda MX-5 and Mazda MX-5 Roadster Coupe. The MX-5 facelift will be introduced on the European market in early spring 2009.
The powertrain has been enhanced to enable the driver to enjoy the full potential of the engine’s performance (a key “fun to drive” aspect of the MX-5). Specifically, the speed at which the engine delivers maximum power has been raised from 6,700 rpm to 7,000 rpm (2.0-litre M/T version) and the rev limit has been raised from 7,000 rpm to 7,500 rpm (all 2.0-litre versions).
With the six-speed manual transmission, the meshing surfaces of the 1st–4th triple-cone synchronizers are now carbon coated, and the 3rd–4th synchronizer diameter has been increased. These improvements enable smoother shifts up to the engine’s heightened rev limit of 7,500 rpm.
A six-speed Activematic automatic transmission that’s newly available with the MX-5 for Europe incorporates two new control technologies. One is Direct Activematic (DAM), which allows the driver to quickly change gears using paddles on the steering wheel while still driving in the “D” range.
Press release after the jump.
The Paris Auto Show is just a few days away, but this doesn’t mean we can’t get information and images about what we will see there. Although we got to see the first official image earlier this month, here are some new pics of the facelifted 2009 Mazda MX-5.
The facelift features only minor changes: new grille, restyled bumper, new fog light inserts and headlights. Nothing impressive under the hood either: the engine line-up remains unchanged: there will be the 126 hp 1.8-liter (Europe only) or the 160 hp 2.0-liter. The engines will be mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
It won’t be 2012 until there will be an all-new MX-5, which company executives promise will have "more balls".
More pics after the jump.
Mazda will unveil the next generation MX-5 in 2012; until then there will be a redesigned version of it set to be unveiled at the Paris Auto Show, and here’s the first official image. The facelift features only minor changes: new grille, restyled bumper, new fog light inserts and headlights. There is no news about the mechanical changes, the only thing we know is that the MazdaSpeed version will be dropped.
Now that the embargo has been broken, the official details are soon to follow.
We announced last week that Mazda is working on the next generation Mazda3 that will go on sale towards the end of 2009. A first concept version will be revealed this autumn at the Paris Auto Show and here are the first images of the concept.
The future Mazda3 will feature a more distinctive look inspired by the newly launched Mazda 2 and Mazda 6. It will feature large headlamps, angled tail-lights and a sporty profile. It will be offered in both sedan and hatchback versions. Engine will be changed also: Mazda will place new 2.0 and 2.5-litre engines and a six-speed box giving plenty of pace.
Mazda will unveil a new small car in October at the Paris Motor Show. First to be unveiled in a concept form, the future Mazda1 will go on sale in late 2009, and will compete with the Volkswagen up! and Toyota’s iQ.
As you can see from these drawings, it’s the first model to bring the design themes showcased by the company’s Nagare concept to reality. The sporty look of the 2 supermini is evolved with a taller roofline to boost headroom, but key details including dramatic slashes in the bodywork and short overhangs are retained.
The city car concept is likely to feature Perspex panels, plus sliding side doors and seats, which will increase practicality, too.
The concept is likely to be powered by a combination of fuel cells and batteries. The firm will also reveal a new 4x4 at the Moscow Motor Show in August, based on Ford’s Kuga, which could make its way here. And it is working on an RX-7 replacement that also follows the Nagare design theme.
Mazda will unveil the Mazda1 Concept car at the Paris auto show. The new supermini will be the first everyday Mazda to develop the Nagari styling DNA that inspired the sleek Taiki and the stunning Furai racing car concepts.
Mazda designers say the brand is "committed to" the brand styling and it will be used increasingly on new models after 2010.
Mazda will also unveil a small 4x4 conceptat the Moscow motor show later this year that will also adopt the Nagari design DNA. The Kuga-style soft roader will be specifically targeted at Russia.
Mazda comes to this year’s Paris Motor Show riding a wave of sales momentum and double-digit growth this year in Europe. The stand in Paris reflects this success with a line up of vehicles that exudes confidence and Zoom-Zoom fun. Two European premieres are on display, the new Mazda CX-7 SUV that is a unique mix of sports car performance and design and SUV comfort and functionality; and the Mazda Senku show car with several futuristic technologies that could someday be used in a Mazda sports (...)