The significantly upgraded Mazda2 range has gone on sale and now includes an automatic model. Mazda expects the new Mazda2 Automatic to prove so popular, particularly with Motability drivers and driving schools, that it will quickly become one of the best-selling variants of its acclaimed supermini range.
The Mazda2 has always attracted those who lease a car through the Motability Scheme, and the arrival of the Mazda2 Automatic will reinforce this trend. To build on the anticipated sales impetus, the Mazda2 Automatic will feature in Mazda’s special driving school programme, alongside the lower-medium sector Mazda3.
The programme is aimed specifically at the 17,000 qualified driving instructors who are self-employed or work for small driving schools across the UK. Anecdotal evidence suggests that many newly qualified drivers go on to buy, either new or second-hand, a car like the one in which they received driving lessons.
The new five-door automatic Mazda2 is badged ‘TS2 Automatic’ and sees a four-speed automatic transmission mated to a 1.5-litre engine that returns 44.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 146g/km. The model costs £12,370 on the road (pricing effective as from 4th January 2011 and including VAT at 20 per cent) .
The newly launched nine-strong line up of three-door and five-door Mazda2 hatchbacks, costing from £10,305 on the road, offers customers a choice of three petrol and one diesel power trains, and four generous levels of equipment.
The petrol engine line-up features a 1.3-litre engine with power outputs of either 75ps or 84ps and a 1.5 litre engine outputting 102ps. The diesel engine is a 1.6-litre, 95ps unit. Trim levels are TS, TS2, Tamura and Sport. New features appearing across the entire upgraded Mazda2 range deliver significant improvements to interior comfort, ride quality, handling and refinement.
Mazda UK Sales Director Mark Cameron believes that the new Mazda2 Automatic is certain to expand the appeal of Mazda’s smallest car. “The Mazda2 Automatic has been launched due to significant public demand. We expect it to become one of the best selling Mazda2 derivatives, helped by demand from Motability drivers and sales generated by our driving schools programme.”
Standard equipment on the Mazda2 range has always been unusually generous for a B-segment supermini. The upgraded line-up means that every model now comes with remote central locking, air-conditioning, electric front windows, electric door mirrors, a piano-black centre stack, a CD radio with auxiliary jack and a Thatcham Category 1 alarm.
Moving up the range, TS2 models (including the new automatic) feature 15-inch alloy wheels, side and curtain airbags, leather steering wheel with audio controls, two additional audio speakers, 60/40 split rear seats, a trip computer with speed alarm and (on the Automatic) Dynamic Stability Control (DSC).