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by Tim Beissmann

The Mazda2 Genki has been upgraded with more standard features and is now one of the best-equipped light cars available in Australia.

The range-topping model in the Mazda2 range, the Genki now includes rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, climate control and cruise control as standard.

Also added to the comprehensive light-car package is a trip computer with current and average fuel consumption, average vehicle speed, distance to empty and ambient temperature display.

The best news for fans of the Genki is that the price of both the five-speed manual and four-speed automatic models has decreased by $445 compared with the previous model.

The Genki update comes around four months after the Mazda2 Neo and Maxx models were upgraded in Australia. Those models gained minor interior and exterior styling enhancements.

Mazda Australia national marketing manager Alistair Doak said the fully upgraded range would ensure the Mazda2 remained one of the best selling light cars in the country.

“The sales success of the Mazda2 so far this year really speaks volumes for the quality of this car,” Mr Doak said.

“There’s been a significant amount of equipment added to the Genki and we’re sure that this will strike the right note with buyers.”

Between January and April, the Mazda2 was the third highest selling light car in Australia. Its 5768 units trailed only the Hyundai Getz (6803) and the Toyota Yaris (5794). It currently holds a 13 percent share of the segment, up from 10 percent in 2010.

2011 Mazda2 recommended driveaway prices:

  • Neo manual – $16,490
  • Neo automatic – $18,140
  • Maxx manual – $19,750
  • Maxx automatic – $21,400
  • Genki manual – $22,490
  • Genki automatic – $24,140



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