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Mazda begins production of 4th-gen Mazda2 (Demio)

17 July 2014

Mazda Motor Corporation unveiled the all-new Mazda2 (known as Mazda Demio in Japan). Production of the fourth-generation of the model, which has been fully redesigned for the first time in seven years, has begun at Mazda’s Hofu Plant No. 1 in Yamaguchi, Japan.

Mazda2. Click to enlarge.

The all-new Mazda2 is available with the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, a new small-displacement clean diesel engine. (Earlier post.) Along with next-generation high-efficiency direct injection gasoline engines, the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 and SKYACTIV-G 1.3, the clean diesel engine will allow Mazda to offer an engine line-up tailored to the needs of each market. The Japanese market will get the SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel and SKYACTIV-G 1.3-liter gasoline engines.

Following the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 (Atenza in Japan) and Mazda3 (Axela), the all-new Mazda2 is the fourth in Mazda’s line-up of next-generation models which adopt the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design. The all-new Mazda2 will be rolled out in global markets starting from Japan this autumn.

The model also features a range of technologies such as the Mazda Connect next-generation car connectivity system, and i-ACTIVSENSE advanced safety features that aid the driver in recognizing and responding to hazards.

With total sales of over 2.4 million units, since launch in 1996, the Mazda2 is one of Mazda’s core products.

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