Quick Note: 2016 Mazda2 - w/video


Mazda has released the first images and preliminary info on the sub-compact Mazda2. The look has been vastly improved with styling that mimics the 2's siblings. The look and features have been improved to allow the 2 to better compete in the sub-compact segment with more upscale features like Mazda's new SkyActiv engine tech (gas and diesel for Japan and Europe) and MazdaConnect and i-ActiveSense on the safety front. The new 2 is entering production now in Japan with the first vehicles arriving in Japanese showrooms this Fall. More information will be released closer to the new model's intro in other markets. Since they are calling the new Mazda2 a 2016 model, we can expect it here in the US after the first of the year. More to come...

Source: Mazda - Press releases (2) and video after the "read more" jump.



US Press Release:
ALL-NEW 2016 MAZDA2 MAKES GLOBAL DEBUT
Fourth-Generation Sub-Compact Begins Production in Japan

The all-new 2016 Mazda2 was today unveiled in Japan by Mazda Motor Corporation (MC). Mazda’s sub-compact entry, known as the Demio in Japan, receives its first complete redesign since its global third-generation launch seven years ago. Based on the HAZUMI concept, which debuted at the Geneva Auto Show in March, this all-new fourth-generation vehicle is outfitted with the full suite of SKYACTIV®[1] technologies and “KODO: Soul of Motion” design language to match its larger siblings the Mazda3 compact car, Mazda6 mid-size sedan and CX-5 compact SUV. The 2016 Mazda2 also features additional in-vehicle and safety technology with MAZDA CONNECT™ and i-ACTIVSENSE, respectively.

The 2016 Mazda2 will begin rolling out to global markets from Japan’s Hofu plant starting this fall. For the Japanese market, the vehicle will be available with a SKYACTIV-G 1.3-liter gasoline engine and a SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter clean diesel engine. More information on specifications for other global markets, including the U.S., will be released closer to its on-sale date in those respective regions.

With more than 2.4 million units sold worldwide, the Mazda2 is the best-selling vehicle in Japan. First introduced in 1996, a second generation followed in 2002 with the third-generation model being released in 2007. The Mazda2 was not available in the U.S. market until the third generation as a 2011 model.

About Mazda North American Operations Mazda North American Operations is headquartered in Irvine, Calif., and oversees the sales, marketing, parts and customer service support of Mazda vehicles in the United States and Mexico through nearly 700 dealers.


International Press Release:
Production of All-New Mazda2 Begins at Hofu Plant
Global launches starting from Japan this autumn

Mazda Motor Corporation today unveiled the all-new Mazda2 (known as Mazda Demio in Japan). Production of the model, which has been fully redesigned for the first time in seven years, has begun at Mazda's Hofu Plant No. 1 in Yamaguchi, Japan. Following the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 (Atenza in Japan) and Mazda3 (Axela), the all-new Mazda2 is the fourth in Mazda's line-up of next-generation models which adopt the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY and KODO-Soul of Motion design. The all-new Mazda2 will be rolled out in global markets starting from Japan this autumn.

The all-new Mazda2 brings a level of functionality and added-values exceeding the expectations for a car of this class by evolving the concepts and technologies cultivated through the development of earlier next-generation products, and condensing them in a compact body. KODO design gives the car the look of a living creature, and imparts a presence unrivalled in the class. Developed based on the same engineering concepts as those in larger next-generation models, new SKYACTIV engines, transmissions, body, and chassis, allow the all-new Mazda2 to provide both outstanding safety and eco-performance, and the brand's trademark driving pleasure. 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.

The all-new Mazda2 is available with the SKYACTIV-D 1.5, a new small-displacement clean diesel engine that offers excellent fuel economy and eco-performance while delivering torque comparable to a 2.5-liter gasoline engine. Along with next-generation high-efficiency direct injection gasoline engines, the SKYACTIV-G 1.5 and SKYACTIV-G 1.3, the clean diesel engine will allow Mazda to offer an engine line-up tailored to the needs of each market. The Japanese market will get the SKYACTIV-D 1.5-liter diesel and SKYACTIV-G 1.3-liter gasoline engines.

With total sales of over 2.4 million units, the Mazda2 is one of Mazda's core products. Starting with the launch of the original in 1996, the Mazda2 has brought new value to the subcompact segment every time it has been fully redesigned. With this fourth generation Mazda2, Mazda again offers customers around the world a new interpretation of the subcompact car.