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by Matt Brogan

Mazda will unveil its all-new Mazda5 (known as the Mazda Premacy in Japan) during the 2010 Geneva Motor Show to be held this March.

Featuring a dynamic and elegant Nagare (meaning “flow” in Japanese) design, the new Mazda5 emits approximately 15 per cent less CO2 than the current model thanks to Mazda’s “i-stop” (stop-start) idling stop system, a 2.0-litre direct injection petrol engine and other technologies. It will be one of the most eco-friendly people movers in its class in Europe.

The new Mazda5’s green credentials are further enhanced by its other available powertrains, which include a 1.8-litre petrol engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.

Mazda5’s design achieves excellent aerodynamic characteristics with an outstanding drag coefficient and lift balance. In order to meet wide-ranging customer requirements, it also offers a high level of functionality, with dual sliding rear doors and multiple seat arrangements. This includes a karakuri second-row center seat that can be converted to a versatile storage space. With a sportier and smoother ride, the new Mazda5 responds precisely to the driver’s commands, enabling the whole family to travel in comfort and security.

“The all-new Mazda5 meets the many needs of today’s customers. In a single model, we offer the competitive eco-performance necessary to address current market trends together with our distinctive, emotional design,” said Mazda5 Program Manager Mr Hideki Matsuoka.

“The Mazda5 features outstanding functionality with sliding rear doors and multiple seat arrangements, and it delivers fantastic comfort with a linear and smooth ride that responds precisely as the driver intends.”

European sales of the all-new Mazda5 will commence in the northern autumn of 2010.




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