When the current Mazda2 was first launched in 2008 it was nothing short of a revolution in the automobile industry.
Not only amazing to look at, it was 100kg lighter than its predecessor with all the benefits of being agile, quick, low fuel consumption and low CO2 emissions. It was also very safe achieving the highest 5-star safety rating from Euro NCAP.
The success story continues with the Mazda2 facelift which is launched this month; featuring updates that will strengthen its position in the super-mini sector.
"The Mazda2 was our most successful model during last year's scrappage scheme as many Mazda customers looked to downsize without compromising on safety, equipment levels or driving dynamics", commented Michael Howe, Sales Director, Mazda Motor Ireland. "Enhancements to the 2011 Mazda2 range delivering significant improvements to interior comfort, ride quality, handling and refinement look set to strengthen this position further."
Outside, the upgraded Mazda2 carries forward the "exquisite and dynamic" design concept while blending the brand's 'family face' with a larger five-point grille and larger Mazda badge to harmonise the Mazda2 with the whole product line-up. Plus the Mazda2 features newly designed front fog lamp bezels and wheels which create a stronger sense of quality and sportiness.
Inside there is a higher quality feel throughout the cabin, included is a newly designed instrument panel, new seat patterns and seat fabric colours, meter panel with blackout finish dials and chrome rings, while the centre stack is finished in piano black.
Ride comfort over imperfect roads has been improved thanks to a changes to the front suspension geometry, softer mountings for the rear trailing arms and re-tuned rear dampers.
Whilst the 1.3-litre petrol engine is fun to drive, and it is also lighter on the pocket. All Mazda2 models fall into road tax band A (€104) as CO2 emissions have been reduced to 119g. Fuel economy has been improved, delivering 5.1L/100km (55mpg) on a combined cycle.
Standard equipment levels have been enhanced. For just a €1,000 price walk to the mid grade 'Sensu' model, equipment includes: 15" alloys, air conditioning, steering wheel audio controls, leather trimmed steering and gear knob, electric/heated/foldable door mirrors, front and rear roof airbags and front side airbags.
The range topping 'Sport' model features 16" alloys, rear spoiler, side skirts, front fog lights, climate control and interior trim upgrade, for only an additional €600 over the Sensu model.
Customers can save up to €3,000 with Scrappage on the new Mazda2. Scrappage prices start from €11,895*.
All new Mazda cars come with a 3-year or 100,000 km manufacturer warranty and 3-years European Roadside Assistance.
For details of local Mazda dealers and further scrappage deal information, visit: www.mazda.ie