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2018 Mazda 2 recalled

Mazda Australia has issued a recall for the 2018 model-year Mazda 2 light car over concerns an issue with the fuel tank could cause a leak. The Japanese brand reports affected vehicles may have fuel tanks that "exceed the specified manufacturing dimensions and place additional strain on the fuel tank retaining strap, which may weaken or potentially break"...

2020 Mazda 2 revealed, in Australia next year

The Mazda 2 has been given a facelift in its home market of Japan, ahead of its launch Down Under by the first quarter of 2020. Renamed from 'Demio' to Mazda 2, the revised five-door light hatch has been given a new badge to "emphasise the brand", with other updates made to raise "visual and tactile quality in areas such as design and craftsmanship"...

Mazda 2 recalled for parking brake fix

Mazda has recalled the 2 sedan and hatch, over concerns about the teeth on the parking brake sector gear. According to the company, the shape of the teeth on some parking brake sector gears mightn't be to specification. If the issue occurs, the sector gear and ratchet might suddenly disengage while the parking brake is on, potentially allowing the car to move when parked on a slope...

CarAdvice podcast 83: Small hatch comparo! Jazz v Mazda2 v Swift

Mandy Turner is joined this week by Mike Stevens and Alborz Fallah. In car news, 2018 Holden Commodore pricing and specs have been released, a controversial Stinger EURO NCAP rating, and Jeep Compass and Jaguar F-Type four-cylinder pricing and specs have been announced...

CarAdvice podcast 59: We catch up with the successful Highway 1 to Hell team!

On the panel this week is Mandy Turner, Mike Costello and James Wong. We bring you a special sports-car-heavy news fest this week, which includes the stunning Ferrari 812 Superfast premiering in Australia, Jaguar's fastest road car - the XE SV Project 8 - has been revealed, the Maserati GranTurismo has had a facelift, and the Aston Martin DB11 now gets the option of a twin-turbo V8 engine...

2016-17 Mazda 2, CX-3 recalled for brake fix

Mazda has issued a recall for 705 vehicles across its 2016 and 2017 Mazda 2 and CX-3 model lines, over concerns damaged brake hose clips could cause a fluid leak. The Japanese manufacturer reports a manufacturing fault may have damaged the surface finish on the brake hose clips during installation...

CarAdvice podcast 49: Australia vs The World, the drag race

James Ward tag-teams Paul Maric as they join Mandy Turner to give you a car-news wrap of the Shanghai Motor Show. This includes concept reveals of the Audi e-tron Sportback, 2018 Mercedes-Benz A-Class sedan and MG E-Motion. Plus, the reveals of the Opel Grandland X SUV and BMW M4 CS. James reviews the 2017 BMW 330GT and CarAdvice's company car, the Abarth 595...

2017 Mazda 2 pricing and specs: Standard AEB, improved dynamics and new range-topper

The updated Mazda 2 city car range has launched, bringing with it more safety equipment, claimed dynamic improvements and a new range-topping GT variant to battle the Euros - while keeping pricing unchanged. The mid-life upgrade to one of Australia’s top-selling light cars arrives as sales in this part of the market continue to struggle, despite fuel prices and ever-increasing urbanisation...

2017 Mazda 2 update revealed in leaked brochure

The updated Mazda 2 hatchback has been revealed in leaked images of a Japanese brochure this week, ahead of its local launch next month. Posted online by CarDrive, the images show that this facelift will be relatively minor, with the major changes reserved for the interior and under the skin...

Mazda 2, 3, 6 recalled for seat fix

Mazda has recalled thousands of its previous-generation passenger cars this week, over concerns for faulty seat lifters. The recall centres on the seat height adjustment mechanism, which could see either the adjustment lifter link crack, or the lifter link retaining nuts separate...

Manual sales on the nose, even in the most price-sensitive segments

Manual transmission sales are dipping away across most segments when it comes to new car sales, and the effects are even being felt in the most price-sensitive parts of the market. The light car or city car segment has traditionally been important for manufacturers to offer cheap manual versions of their most affordable models to get buyers through their showroom doors...