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Review: 2011 Mazda2

Mazda Perfects the Fun-to-Footprint Ratio Bigger used to mean better, but in the modern era, that old chestnut no longer applies. Mobile phones aren't the size of a brick, we can fit 2,000 songs in our pocket and this review was written on a computer that fits neatly on an airplane's tray table. Sometimes smaller is better, and here's a vehicle that proves it. While the 2011 Mazda2 might not be out to redefine the subcompact segment, it does offer something largely lacking from the rest of the pack: fun. But are Mazda's Zoom-Zoom driving dynamics enough to overlook its shortcomings... Read More

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    Mazda Demio orders soar to 13,500 in single month in Japan
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    First-month orders for the slightly remodeled Mazda Demio (aka the Mazda2 in this neck of the woods) have soared to 13,500 units, more than double Mazda's original 6,000-unit monthly target. Additionally, Mazda says the number of Demios registered in Japan during the month of July exceeded 10,000 units. This, according to the Japanese automaker, is the ...

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    Podcast: Autoblog Podcast #241
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    Drew Phillips photo tips, 2025 CAFE, Suzuki small pickup, Audi future products Episode #241 of the Autoblog Podcast is ready, and this week Chris, Dan and Zach are joined by Autoblog's photo maven, Drew Phillips. Our discussion starts with the new CAFE standards and then moves to Audi future products as discussed by Johan DeNysschen before finishing up ...

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    Mazda reveals electric Demio prototype in Japan
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    Though trailing competitors General Motors and Nissan, Mazda will eventually enter the plug-in vehicle segment in 2012. The Japanese automaker intends to launch a battery-powered subcompact based on the Demio (aka Mazda2) in spring 2012. With the debut of the production electric hatchback still nearly two years away, Mazda decided to wheel out two ...

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    Official: Mazda UK's Black edition MX-5 and Mazda2 can be had in any color... as long as it's not black?
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    You'd expect a car labeled Black Edition to actually be, you know...black. Whether it's a Porsche, a Hummer or a Unimog. But then again Mercedes-AMG's top line of performance models are called the Black Series, and you can get those in any color you want. So maybe it's a page out of that playbook that Mazda has taken with its latest special ...

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    Mazda prices facelifted Demio (Mazda2) at $14,240 in Japan
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    On Thursday, Mazda launched the its slightly remodeled Demio (aka the Mazda2 in this neck of the wood) subcompact in Japan. The facelifted Demio is the first vehicle to get Mazda's fuel-saving 1.3-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine. The Demio, which starts at 1.15 million yen ($14,240 U.S. at the current exchange rate), returns the equivalent of 58.8 miles ...

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    Mazda reveals facelifted Demio with SkyActiv 1.3-liter engine
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    Mazda has revealed its updated Demio (known in the U.S. as the Mazda2) and has opened the order books for the freshened compact vehicle over in Japan. Along with a minor facelift, the five-door hatchback now sports the automaker's direct-injected, 1.3-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine. With an astronomical compression ratio of 14.0:1 and stop-start ...

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    Official: Facelifted Mazda2 with SkyActiv 1.3L revealed in Japan
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    Mazda has taken the knife to the company's Demio compact, known as the Mazda2 in this neck of the woods. Along with a minor facelift, the five-door now rocks the first production application of the automaker's direct-injection, 1.3-liter SkyActiv gasoline engine. With an astronomical compression ratio of 14.0:1 and an intelligent start/stop system that ...

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    Mazda to lease EVs in Japan next year
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    Mazda is preparing a fleet of electric vehicles that will be available for lease in Japan. Based on the Demio/Mazda2, these EVs will utilize the automaker's new SKYACTIV powertrain technology. Mazda is shooting for a 200-kilometer driving range (about 124 miles) and plans to begin the leasing program in the spring of 2012. The target audience for the ...

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    Review: 2011 Mazda2
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    Mazda Perfects the Fun-to-Footprint Ratio Bigger used to mean better, but in the modern era, that old chestnut no longer applies. Mobile phones aren't the size of a brick, we can fit 2,000 songs in our pocket and this review was written on a computer that fits neatly on an airplane's tray table. Sometimes smaller is better, and here's a vehicle that ...

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    Mazda and Honda form B-Spec Showroom Stock racing series
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    Racing is a rich man's sport, no question about it. Sure, there are some ways to get into a bit of wheel-to-wheel that cost less than others, such as the 24 Hours of LeMons, but even that is more expensive than you might think. But regardless of the cost, some people still need to scratch that racing itch. One way to keep costs down is to get into spec ...

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    VW Jetta TDI tops Consumer Reports eco roundup, Honda CR-Z scores too low to recommend
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    Fuel efficiency is rapidly becoming one of the most influential determining factors when new car shoppers go looking for their next vehicle. And, as our friends at Consumer Reports correctly point out, earning top fuel efficiency marks generally means shopping in one of three categories: diesels, hybrids or subcompacts. As such, the consumer-oriented ...

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    VW Jetta TDI tops Consumer Reports eco roundup, Honda CR-Z scores too low to recommend
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    Fuel efficiency is rapidly becoming one of the most influential determining factors when new car shoppers go looking for their next vehicle. And, as our friends at Consumer Reports correctly point out, earning top fuel efficiency marks generally means shopping in one of three categories: diesels, hybrids or subcompacts. As such, the consumer-oriented ...

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    SEMA 2010: Puma-hip Mazda2 and its Evil Track twin elicit our want
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    We got a good look at the two funked-up Mazda2s brought to SEMA by the Zoom-Zoom gang, and at least one of them we sorely need to see on the streets. After happening upon a color and materials designer who worked on this and the Mazda Miata Super20, we asked for the details on the whats and the whys. We were told that the slight gray wundercar with the ...

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    SEMA 2010: Mazda brings some serious Zoom-Zoom to Las Vegas
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    Mazda builds plenty of sporty cars that incorporate a fun-to-drive feeling, but calling something a sports car does not automatically equate to a vehicle that is ready for the track. For the 2010 SEMA show, Mazda tweaked a handful of cars to show us just how quickly fun can turn into ferocious. Looking into its stable, Mazda reached in and pulled out a ...

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    Report: Next Mazda2 could hit 70 mpg and be world's most efficient gas model
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    The 2011 Mazda2 is a hoot to drive. It's a lithe, driver-focused machine that's entertaining despite its lack of power. This Mazda, like most cars from the automaker, places a priority on the driving experience, but in doing so, falls short in some other categories. The Mazda2 doesn't offer class-leading fuel economy, for example, nor does it boast the ...

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    Mazda groups suite of new technologies under the "SkyActiv" umbrella
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    Perhaps Mazda was given a chance to play with Mercedes-Benz's nomenclature machine, but the Japanese firm has adjusted the name of its Sky technologies to SkyActiv. These represent the updated components that will appear in Mazda's next generation of cars, and represent six particular advances, from engines to bodyshells. The engines formerly known as ...

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    Report: Next Mazda2 to be world's most efficient gas vehicle
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    We're big fans of the 2011 Mazda2, but of all the good things this little hatch has going for it, fuel economy isn't really one of them. Manual transmission models offer 29/35 miles per gallon city/highway, and while that isn't terrible by any means, it's sub-par when you consider the new standard for B- and C-segment cars: 40 mpg. With the ...

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    Paris preview: Mazda2 gets a facelift, 3 and 5 get new diesel engines
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    When Mazda announced that it would be bringing its diminutive 2 to America at the Los Angeles Auto Show last December, it gave the B-segment hatch a mild facelift compared to the version that had been on sale in Europe and Asia for some time. That new smiley-faced look, which echos the larger Mazda3, is heading to Europe this fall as well and will make ...

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    Mazda2 will prepare company for looming gas price hikes
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    Mazda chief executive officer Jim O'Sullivan believes that the company's timing for the launch of the Mazda2 couldn't be better. Despite low gas prices and platform-mate Ford Fiesta rolling onto the scene at the same time, Mazda remains confident that its new B-segment car will be a hit. As Mazda CEO Jim O'Sullivan told Ward's Auto: Even though ...

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    Poll: Mazda2 versus Ford Fiesta
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    In case you missed it, we just published our First Drive of the brand-new Mazda2 today. If your attention spans is anything like ours, allow us to remind you that we've also driven the Ford Fiesta once or twice. Since both cars are built atop the same platform and will be competing for your hard-earned bucks in short order, the natural question is: Which ...

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