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18 Mar 10 17:44
New Mazda2 Sedan launch at Paragon Hall
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The Mazda2 was developed to meet the diversified needs of today’s customers interested in a vehicle of this class, with “Personal Smart Commuter” as the key product concept.

Following the very successful introduction of the latest five-door hatchback in 2009, we are launching this year a brand-new four-door sedan onto the market.

With regard to design development for the new sedan model, we kept the highly praised design tone of the hatchback model unchanged. However, in contrast to the sporty styling of the hatchback, we gave the sedan a more subdued and mature look at the rear. And the highly acclaimed Zoom-Zoom driving performance with a smooth, comfortable ride of the hatchback model is now completely shared with the sedan.

The Mazda2 is designed to be enjoyable in day-to-day life, not just in terms of driving pleasure but also in terms of the enjoyment that comes from owning such a great car. Within its compact dimensions, Mazda2 perfectly encapsulates Mazda’s Zoom-Zoom approach to carmaking — an approach that’s about individuality, not about being average. And now with the newly added four-door sedan, the Mazda2 line-up provides a wider choice to people who value individuality and style.

Design

Exquisite and Dynamic: Refinement in Beautiful Balance
Mazda2 has earned high acclaim worldwide for its sporty, stylish design. With the latest hatchback version we carried forward the “exquisite and dynamic” overall design theme, blending the new Mazda family face with the distinctive styling while refreshing the design in line with contemporary trends.

The Mazda family face — a common feature of all Mazda models — has recently evolved, with the unique five-point grille growing to make it a more dynamic feature of the visual movement in the front face and overall body of each model. With the new five-door hatchback, the designers paid great attention to achieving a good visual balance when incorporating the larger five-point grille
into the existing design. The four-door sedan shares the same impressive front face.

The upper grille is part of the same moulding as the front bumper to create smooth, continuous contours for further refinement. At the bottom of the bumper, a three-dimensionally contoured look complements the large lower grille and newly shaped foglamp bezels. Visual movement generated by light and shadow at the top and bottom of the bumper blends with visual movement created by the character lines on the body sides to give a dynamic look that contributes to the car’s overall impression of movement.

The large Mazda symbol in the upper grille achieves a good balance with the newly increased dimensions of the lower grille. This both emphasizes the Mazda brand identity and also helps to realize a stronger-looking face.

When creating the side styling, we aimed for an ambience more refined than that of the sporty hatchback — design development was aimed at bringing the body together into a single, cohesive whole. But blending the pronounced wedge lines of the hatchback into the sedan design was a major challenge because simply extending the character lines rearward resulted in the rear end being too high, preventing the body from having a cohesive sedan profile. So the C-pillar features a forward and downward curve at the bottom of the leading edge to give an impression of sturdy support for inputs from the rear wheel. Also, the trailing edge has a taut downward curve toward the boot lid to maintain the unity essential in a sedan design.
At the back, the details of the rear combination lamps are designed to express a different kind of refinement from that of the hatchback’s rear combination lamps. They feature a clear lens at the periphery and a red portion with inner lenses that give a look of depth for an overall impression of high quality. Light hitting the lenses is reflected in many complex ways, creating a glittering, jewel-like effect.
Finally, there’s a wide range of seven fresh, vivid body colours all carefully developed to match the sedan's distinctive styling.


Body colours

• True Red
• Metropolitan Grey Mica
• Cool White
• Highlight Silver Metallic
• Sparkling Gold Mica
• Icy Blue Metallic
• Black Mica

Quality and Refinement: A Space That Communicates Movement




Whereas most B-car cabins have monotonous design treatments with flat surfaces, Mazda2’s cabin is strikingly different thanks to contoured forms that combine reassuring thickness with strong visual movement.
Particular attention was paid to optimizing the position and shape of the A-pillars. Combined with a beltline that slopes forward to an extremely low front end, this enables excellent forward visibility. Also, a uniquely unobstructed view through the side windows gives a feeling of openness.
The instrument panel conveys a sense of solidity, but its shape prevents it from looking heavy and making occupants feel constrained. Controls are all concentrated in the central area: the instrument panel’s left- and right-hand portions, where there are no controls, curve forward (away from occupants) to emphasize the effect of perspective. These innovations create an impression of airiness that stops the cabin feeling cramped.





All interior parts are shaped to look and feel substantial in a way that promotes peace of mind. Notably, the centre stack has a visual volume that conveys strength and the door trim looks and feels solid and well made. Consequently, the cabin does not look or feel cheap in the way that many other B-car cabins do.
The sense of refinement is further heightened by illumination for the shift pattern (with automatic transmission); by a metallic black coating on the audio control bezel; and by a silver-coloured coating on the parking-brake button, front and rear inner door handles, manual- and automatic-transmission shift knobs, manual-transmission boot ring, steering-wheel switch bezel, and climate-control dials. (Availability depends on grade.

In contrast with the sporty black trim package in hatchback, the beige keynote colour gives a light, airy feel and an impression of sedan refinement. The beige trim package also offers two types of seat centre fabric, depending on grade; the beige/black is offered in Spirit and Maxx model and the beige/beige in Groove MT and Groove AT.




Driving Dynamics

Lighter Weight for Harmony Between Zoom-Zoom Performance and Environmental and Safety Features

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At Mazda, making our cars as light as possible is a major goal because weight directly affects running, turning and stopping performance. Basically, the lighter the car the better its performance in every respect. In addition, weight has a major effect on fuel consumption. So the new four-door sedan also features the latest weight-saving technologies to emerge from our advanced development efforts.
The bodyshell contains a high proportion of high-tensile and ultra-high-tensile steel sheet. Notably, we used 980MPa-grade ultra-high-tensile steel sheet for the B-pillars and for the roof member that links them, thereby creating a super-strong ring that promotes body strength without exacerbating weight.
The body structure achieves high local rigidity through having the same large number of spot welds in the door openings as the hatchback, and also through numerous spot welds with weld-bonded joints in the boot opening. We also promoted rigidity by means of a large number of spot welds on the joints between the rear package tray and the C-pillars. The resulting high rigidity promotes handling stability and a reassuringly solid feel.

The overall benefit of these and other measures is a combination of ample body rigidity and low weight.

A Powertrain for Lively Performance with High Fuel Efficiency
The MZR 1.5 power unit is a 1,498cc, inline-four-cylinder, DOHC, 16-valve engine that features Mazda’s advanced technologies including Sequential Valve Timing (S-VT) and Tumble Swirl Control Valves (TSCVs) to deliver capable performance with maximum output of 76kW/6,000rpm and maximum torque of 135Nm/4,000rpm.
The four-speed automatic transmission is known for the kind of direct, linear performance feel that’s essential for Zoom-Zoom driving enjoyment. The five-speed manual transmission is well regarded for its smooth operation and refined shift feel.

Brisk Handling and a Stable, Quiet Ride

The Mazda2 features a well-regarded suspension system with MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion-beam axle at the rear. Ample chassis rigidity ensures accurate handling of inputs to the suspension system, thereby enhancing the driver’s ability to confidently control the car in accordance with his or her intentions. Notwithstanding our comprehensive weight-saving efforts, we achieved remarkably high rigidity for the suspension mountings.

The Mazda2 has an Electric Power Assist Steering (EPAS) system that applies assistance to the steering column. The system is tuned to give a steering action that feels neither too heavy nor too light. It’s combined with a quick steering-gear ratio for easy manoeuvring on urban roads and a strong sense of stability at high speeds.

The front 14-inch ventilated discs and rear eight-inch leading/trailing drum brakes achieve some of the best braking performance in the class — braking performance that’s characterized by superior effectiveness, minimal pedal play, a reassuring feeling of pedal firmness, and superior fade resistance. The Mazda2’s ride quality is characterized by smoothness and steadiness and, thanks to superior convergence when the car passes over road-surface irregularities, by minimal harshness. It promotes peace of mind in drivers and passengers throughout the range of typical speeds.

Superior Quietness, Enhanced Aerodynamics

Given its role as a personal smart B-car, the Mazda2 must enable comfortable day-to-day driving and riding by offering a cabin environment that’s quiet and not marred by undue vibration. Road and wind noise are limited by a wide range of measures, including damping control panels and enhanced sound-absorption materials.
Superior aerodynamic characteristics (CD is just 0.30) are achieved through the use of aerodynamic prediction software, aerodynamic simulation software, and other virtual-reality development tools from the beginning of the development programme. Wind-tunnel tests jointly conducted by our designers and aerodynamicists then enabled us to refine the body shape in ways that minimized the CD and reflected the design theme.





Packaging

Pursuit of Functionality and Operability Required in a B-Car

Packaging prioritizes front-seat occupants and creates roominess that belies the impression of compactness given by the sporty exterior design. We placed emphasis on creating a driver’s area that’s comprehensively functional and comfortable. Nevertheless, there’s ample room for rear-seat occupants with a class-leading 883mm of rear legroom.

For easy forward entry into parking spaces and narrow roads, good visibility in the forward-diagonal directions is realized by a low beltline. In the rearward-diagonal directions, the rear-door quarter windows give the driver a clear view.
The driver’s seat has extensive adjustability that includes a class-leading 250mm fore-aft slide range and a total lift-adjustment range of 55mm (35mm up; 20mm down). The steering wheel has a tilt-adjustment range of 50mm to further help every user achieve his or her optimal driving position.

The shift lever is located at the bottom of the instrument-panel centre stack to give easier operation that feels more like driving a sports car. To help make day-to-day driving enjoyable, the Mazda2 has convenient storage spaces that allow diverse items to be easily and neatly stowed. The four-door sedan also has rear-door bottle holders (one on each rear door, each big enough for a 500ml bottle), which complement the rear cupholder.

Just in front of the floor-console tray, there’s a space that’s ideally sized to hold a mobile telephone or audio player. And, there are also two handy electrical items: an AUX jack for a digital audio player and a 12V power socket that can be used to power or charge electrical accessories.

At 450L (VDA), the sedan’s luggage capacity is 200L greater than the hatchback’s. Luggage is easy to load and unload thanks to a low boot floor and the widest boot-lid opening in the class, making the boot outstandingly user-friendly for typical shopping trips and short vacations. The boot lid has link-type hinges designed to not intrude into the boot space when the lid is closed.
Also, the split rear seatback with boot-through opening allows long luggage items to be carried even while a passenger occupies one of the rear seats.
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