Mazda has confirmed that it will bring the Mazda2 sedan to Australia by mid-2010 when production of the vehicle begins in Thailand.
The Mazda2 sedan sits on the same 2490mm wheelbase as its hatchback sibling and will be powered by the existing 76kW 1.5-litre petrol engine.
Mazda Australia managing director, Doug Dickson, said he was excited about expanding the light car’s range, given that the hatch alone this year has sold 11,000 units and enjoys an 11 per cent share of its segment.
“We are delighted to be able to offer Australians the all-new Mazda2 sedan and moving to Thailand production enables us to do this.”
50,000 Mazda2s will be produced at the recently opened multi-million dollar Auto Alliance Thailand passenger car plant, and the shift may bring with it a sharper price tag.
Mazda also announced that the new Mazda3 Diesel has joined the line-up with the title of the Japanese brand’s most frugal small car in their history.
Burning just 5.7 litres/100km combined, the MZR-CD is the same 2.2-litre engine as used in the Mazda6 but is specially tuned to produce 110kW and 360Nm of torque in the small car.
The main fuel savings are achieved through improvements to the variable geometry turbocharger, fuel pump and piston design while a diesel particulate filter helps the new Mazda3 meet strict emissions regulations.
The $29,715* Diesel come with six airbags and dynamic stability control as standard, as well as Bluetooth, satellite navigation and an in-dash six-disc CD player.
Available as both hatch and sedan, Mazda expects to sell 100 Diesels a month, or around five per cent of the model mix.
*Pricing is a guide as recommended to us by the manufacturer.
by Tim Beissmann & Adam Marshall