2010 Mazda2Richmond Hill, Ontario – The all-new 2011 Mazda2 will go on sale in Canada early this summer, starting at $13,995.

Completely designed and engineered by Mazda in Japan, where the car will be produced, the 2011 Mazda2 four-door subcompact hatchback represents a new entry point into Mazda’s lineup, fitting in under the Mazda3.

The Mazda2 will be offered as the GX and GS, both using a 1.5-litre four-cylinder engine with five-speed manual transmission. Standard safety features include anti-lock brakes with electronic brake force distribution and brake assist, six airbags, traction control, and dynamic stability control.

It will also be the first Mazda vehicle launched in North America with a brake override system, which prioritizes the brake pedal over the accelerator pedal should both be engaged simultaneously, allowing the vehicle to be brought to a safe stop. Activation of the system will be recorded in the electronic powertrain control module and will be readable with the correct equipment. Mazda is planning to roll out the system to all future vehicles in North America during the 2011 model year.

At $13,995, the entry-level GX includes 15-inch steel wheels, power mirrors, docks and windows, tilt steering and CD/MP3 stereo. Available options include a four-speed automatic transmission, air conditioning, and convenience package.

Starting at $18,195, the GS adds 15-inch alloy wheels, roof spoiler, sill extensions, chrome exhaust finisher, fog lights, automatic headlamps, rain-sensing wipers, air conditioning, leather-wrapped steering wheel and two extra speakers. A four-speed automatic transmission is also available.

The Mazda2 was originally launched in Europe, Japan and Australia in 2007, and was named the 2008 World Car of the Year.

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