The first batch of the new Mazda2s will go on sale in the Japanese market in summer (2007).
"The all-new Mazda2 is the first of Mazda's new generation products to evolve to the next stage. While the current model was intended for the domestic market, the new model has been developed into a globally competitive car." Mazda's Executive Vice President, Robert J. Graziano said.
One of the main benefits of the new Mazda2 is its weight, Mazda has put a lot of resources focusing on weight reduction during the car's development, and it has paid off, with the the all-new Mazda2 being 100 kilograms lighter than its predecessor, placing it among the most fuel efficient vehicles in its class.
Mazda says the new Mazda 2 has substantially improved safety performance to meet today's demanding regulatory requirements and customer needs for excellent safety as well as styling, maneuverability and economy.
Sales will commence in Japan, followed by Europe and Australia and other markets. Expect the car in Australian markets before years end.