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2015 Mazda2 Chooses Style over Space

Let’s face it. If you’re buying a Mazda2, it’s not for the space. Happily, Mazda has instead focused its attention on the 2015 Mazda2’s style – we’re ok with losing a few millimeters in the name of style.

In case you’re concerned, here’s what the Mazda2 has been rumored to lose in order to gain some serious improvement in design: 20 mm in front head room, 5 mm in leg room, 15 mm in rear head room, 30 mm in shoulder room, and 4 mm in rear leg room. Folks, this is nothing to write home about.

What you will want to shout from the rooftop is how much the Mazda2 has gained in exchange for those millimeters. Gone are the days of owning a small economy hatchback being a sign that you just can’t afford better. Today, affordable hatchbacks offer unprecedented style and athletic appeal. The Mazda2 is arguably the most appealing little hatchback on the market.

According to carscoops.com, the new Mazda2 gets a downsized version of the SkyActiv platform used on larger Mazdas along with three new engines (no word yet which of them will make it to the U.S. market). The outside design is sleek, athletic, and aerodynamic, while the interior is clean and handsome in a minimalist way.

Production is already underway in Japan, and will officially debut in Paris in October. You will find the all-new Mazda2 at Parks Mazda later this year!

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2016 Mazda2: More Efficient and More Aggressive Than Ever Before

Mazda has begun production on the new Demio in its Japanese Hofu plant, which will be known as the 2016 Mazda2 in the U.S. when it’s launched globally.  The newest Mazda2 will be more efficient, lighter, and will feature a new dashboard design and infotainment display – and that’s just the beginning.

The Mazda 2 will be powered by a Skyactiv-G 1.3-liter gasoline engine, which will create 83 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque. That’s less than the current Mazda 2’s 100 hp and 98 lb-ft of torque, but for good reason. The engine’s new fuel-saving technologies have earned an unbelievable 70 mpg on the Japanese test cycle. That testing cannot be compared with the EPA’s rating system, so the Mazda2 will likely be rated somewhere closer to 40-45 mpg when it makes its U.S. debut.

Because the Mazda2 will be significantly lighter, we can expect the small hatchback to maintain the current level of performance despite less powerful output. The Japanese market will have the opportunity to opt for the 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D clean diesel engine instead, which would put out 103 hp and 184 lb-ft of torque. Though we are drooling over that option, there’s no word if or when that engine may be available in the states.

The interior features a clean design with a new tablet-like infotainment screen that extends from the top of the dash, and most of the dashboard technology will mirror that of the 2014 Mazda3 hatchback and sedan. According to cnet.com, Mazda states that “the model also features a wide range of cutting-edge technologies such as the Mazda Connect next-generation car connectivity system, and a wide range of i-ActivSense advanced safety features that aid the driver in recognizing and responding to hazards.”

We look forward to seeing the 2016 Mazda2 for ourselves! If you just can’t wait for the 2016 model, stop by Parks Mazda, we’ll get you into a new Mazda2 today!

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New Mystery Mazda Will Be a New Compact Model

Many times, when auto experts go to big, exciting auto shows, they can get a little carried away and jump to a conclusion a moment too soon. You can’t really blame them—they’re surrounded by the brightest people and the coolest concepts in the industry they love—but every once in a while we’ve got to step back and make a correction to what the experts reported. When the Mazda Hazumi Concept debuted at the Geneva Motor Show, everyone—including us here at Parks Mazda—simply assumed that the concept prefigured the next-generation Mazda2.

However, a Mazda insider talked to Motor Trend and quickly changed everyone’s minds. “Sure, the Hazumi includes some direction towards the Mazda2, but it is also hinting at something other than a Mazda2,” the insider said, citing differences in the Hazumi’s width and wheelbase as evidence.

This new information makes the Hazumi Concept even more interesting than it already was. Last year, Mazda reveals they would release five new models by 2016. While we know about four of those new cars already, the fifth was a mystery until now. Motor Trend’s source revealed the mystery car will be an all-new global compact car model—and the slick Hazumi might just be the sneak peek we didn’t even know about.