• Jan 23, 2008

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Add another ride to the list of cars we'd love to have, but can't. Mazda has confirmed that it will unveil the 3-door Mazda2 at the Geneva Motor Show in March. Dimensionally equal to the 5-door and offering the same selection of powertrains, the sporty Mazda2 3-door hatchback definitely takes the win over its sibling in the looks department and is sure to garner a following in Europe. More photos and info are likely to surface as we get closer to Geneva, but to tide us over, Mazda has released the rear three-quarter shot you see here. You can read the automaker's press release after the jump.

[Source: Mazda]

PRESS RELEASE:


NEW MAZDA2 THREE-DOOR TO DEBUT AT GENEVA SHOW

The new Mazda2 three-door hatchback will make its world premiere on Tuesday 4 March at the 78th Salon International de l'Auto de Genève. This is the first time that Mazda has offered a three-door variant in its popular Mazda2 model range. The newcomer will feature all the attributes of the five-door hatchback, but delivering an even sportier feel at a more affordable price.

The new Mazda2 three-door hatchback is designed to attract new customers and boost Mazda's continued growth in the European market. It comes with the same powertrain line-up – the lively and responsive MZR 1.3-litre and 1.5-litre petrol engines and the MZ-CD 1.4-litre turbo diesel – as the five-door hatchback. These engines achieve high fuel efficiency together with particularly low CO2 emissions.

The three-door Mazda2 shares the same overall dimensions as the five-door and achieves a similarly modest kerb weight, model for model. The five-door Mazda2 has already demonstrated that by completely redesigning the body and chassis and implementing Mazda's unique 'gram strategy', the brand's small car weight could be reduced to under the 1,000 kilogram threshold. This outstanding result reverses the industry trend towards bigger and heavier cars.

Launched in September 2007 as Mazda's first new-generation Zoom-Zoom vehicle to evolve to the next level, the new Mazda2 was an immediate hit with European customers. In December 2007, it was awarded a 5-Star safety rating by Euro-NCAP and it has won more than 20 automotive awards. These include Car of the Year awards in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Denmark, Greece and New Zealand, along with the Japan RJC Car of the Year.

The Geneva Show will also witness three Mazda European debuts: the Mazda Taiki concept car, equipped with a next-generation rotary engine, the Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid and the upgraded Mazda's RX-8 four-seater, four-door sports car.


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      • 7 Years Ago
      This would be a nice MINI replacement. I'd buy one. C'mon, bring it over!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please bring to the US!!!!!!!!!!! And the comment about the Yaris--that car is pure boring appliance.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Damn this would be a sweet ride to have, Mazda could really stick it to Honda and Nissan, and the like especially if they brought it with different drive trains I think that would be a segment first in North America.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please bring this into the US market with a sub 10k price tag.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Yeah right. With inflation, Mazda would be lucky to bring this to market at 15K.
        • 7 Years Ago
        no way it's sub 10k, and no way it's 15k, maybe fully loaded. Starting it at around 12-13k with a decent number of standard features will be likely.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Mazdaspeed flavour please!.
        • 7 Years Ago
        Amen. 1.3L Turbo?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Looks sweet, I would have to see what the interior room is like. If it has as much as a Versa or Fit and is in the same price range, I would pick this.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Automakers are using CAFE as an excuse to cut the high-hp cars. Why not use it as a reason to bring this to market? Seems like Ford needs all the help it can get raising their average fuel consumption.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I'm trying to figure out why you think that this looks so much better than the 5-door when there appears to be no significant difference other than not having the rear doors cut out.

      I wouldn't be surprised to see this here eventually, but Mazda's small sales volume compared to Toyota, Honda and Nissan makes reluctance to add a low-margin model at this time reasonable without Ford conspiracy theories. Once Ford establishes manufacturing of the Fiesta/Verve for North America and federalizes the powerplants, Mazda can more easily justify the incremental costs of adding a model like the 2. If gas prices go significantly higher for a sustained period, don't be surprised if plans change again.
      • 7 Years Ago
      awesome, i want
      • 7 Years Ago
      Please-this thing looks more along the lines of directly competing with the 3 door VW Rabbit. Yaris and Fit may as well be competitors..whatever, but I'd love to see a 3 door Mazdaspeed 2 for under $20K.
      • 7 Years Ago
      this is a copy of Opel Corsa & Verve Concept :Chevy WTCC.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If anything, Mazda should bring only the 3-door to the US/Canada. That way, it won't affect 3 sales and will only be aimed at single people looking for a smart-city ride and/or enthusiasts like us who understand the potential of such a platform!
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