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Mazda 2

Mazda 2 (Japan, 2007-present)

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History, Development and General Characteristics

The 3rd generation Mazda 2, launched and with production beginning in 2007, is a totally different and groundbreaking new car when compared to its older ‘brothers’ – they actually have absolutely nothing in common, especially regarding the very round-edged and fluid lines of this most recent model.

Mazda entered the 2 into its new line-up generation dubbed ‘Zoom-zoom’ and cut with its outdated roots.
Additionally, the new 2 is now being manufactured at Hiroshima, Japan, rather than in Valencia, Spain, like the previous generations.



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Engine and Transmission

The 2007 Mazda 2 can be purchased with either a 1.3- or a 1.5-liter petrol engine, which a 1.4 turbodiesel engine also joined in 2008. Petrol engines are available with 75, 86 and 103 hp output, while the diesel unit delivers up to 68 hp. The Mazda 2 is said to reach a top speed of approximately 118 mi/h (190 km/h), at least in its most powerful version.
The car is front engined and front-wheel driven, running through either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission.



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Chassis

Unitary steel self-sustained frame with anti-torsion system.   Platform Mazda group D platform.   Suspension Front MacPherson struts with trailing A-arms and anti-torsion bar and rear semi-rigid axle with helical springs and anti-torsion bar.   Steering Power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering system.   Brakes Hydraulic cross-drilled front discs and rear drums or all-wheel disc brakes (ventilated front discs and solid rear discs), both systems with ABS. The handbrake works on the rear wheels.



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Body and Design

The current Mazda 2 hatchback can be acquired with a 3- or a 5-door bodyshell. A 4-door saloon is available only for the Chinese market.

The 3rd generation 2 has become famous for its great lightness, thanks to the light-weight material it uses and due to its significantly reduced size comparing to the previous generations.
At conceiving this car, Mazda made a big depart from all previous outdated squared lines, replacing them with these much more round-edged, defined and fluid styling lines.



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