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Mazda's youthful light car is up there with the best of its kind

Mazda logo30 Jul 2010

By MARTON PETTENDY

THE light car class is a hive of interesting activity lately (Fiesta, Polo, i20, upcoming Swift), but the recently facelifted, newly Thai-built Mazda2 remains one of the leading baby contenders thanks to a combination of style, performance, practicality and agility. Three years on from launch, the DE series is beginning to show its age in some areas (such as cabin presentation), but the littlest offering from the ‘zoom-zoom’ people is a nicely formed example as to why buyers who begin with this brand so often stick with it.
Model release date: 1 May 2010 to 1 September 2014

Previous model

Mazda2 DE Series 1

Released: October 2007
Ended: April 2010
Family Tree: Mazda2

MAZDA Australia shifted some 36,000 examples of its lighter, more stylish second-gen Mazda2 since it was arrived in 2007, lowering the buyer age demographic accordingly., , Under the stout bonnet is a 76kW/137Nm 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine mated to five-speed manual and four-speed automatics transmissions in five-door Neo, Maxx and Genki hatchback grades., , The Two was an early pioneer of ESC electronic stability control in the light-car class (the Hyundai Getz got there first two years earlier), making the Mazda one of the safest options in the segment with a five-star ANCAP crash-test rating., , The three-door Mazda2 arrived for the first time in May 2008, before being discontinued in May 2010 due to lack of buyer interest.

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