March 8, 2007

Mazda announces three world premieres in Geneva

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Geneva, Switzerland – Mazda has unveiled the world premiere of the all-new Mazda2, Mazda Hakaze concept car and the Mazda3 2.0 MZR-CD turbodiesel at the Geneva Auto Show. The company also showed its new CX-7 SUV.

The all-new Mazda2 refines the B-car’s driving attributes, while meeting global environmental and safety standards. Body-structure optimization and an increased use of high-tensile steel make the Mazda2 safer and quieter than its predecessor, and about 100 kg lighter. The new Mazda2 will be initially launched with 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre gasoline engines; a 1.4-litre diesel engine will be introduced for the European market a few months later. There is no word on whether the Mazda2 will be sold in Canada, but reliable sources say it will not.

The Hakaze concept car is the third expression of Mazda’s new Nagare design language, conceived at the Mazda Motor Europe design centre near Frankfurt, Germany. It features distinctive Nagare flow-lines on the outside and an interior that combines sand-dune-like forms and natural-feeling surfaces.

The third global premiere is a new, powerful 2.0-litre common-rail diesel version of the Mazda3, using just 6.0 L/100 km for both sedan and hatchback models.

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