Mazda Australia has today announced a range of updates for the 2011 Mazda2 Hatch and Sedan range. This accompanies news that Mazda Japan is working on developing an electrified version of the popular 2.
On sale this month, the updated Mazda2 range arrives as the brand looks to increase sales in the light-car segment beyond the 10.9 percent growth seen since the Mazda2's last update in May last year.
While the Mazda2 and Mazda3 are expected to benefit from the addition of Mazda's new SkyActiv engines and transmissions later this year, this latest update is aimed at giving the model a refresh, inside and out.
The entry-level Mazda2 Neo gains a new 15-inch steel wheel design, along with body-coloured door handles, along with new seat trim and piano black highlights inside.
In the middle of the range is the Mazda2 Maxx, which also benefits from new seat trim and piano black highlights.
Both the Neo and Maxx variants also gain two new exterior colours: Aquatic Blue and Burgundy Red.
For now, the top-shelf Genki remains unchanged, with its updates expected to come with the SkyActiv updates later this year.
The 2011 Mazda2 line-up continues to utilise the current 76kW 1.5 litre petrol engine, with fuel consumption listed at 6.4 l/100km.
Production Returns To Japan
Just over a year since it was announced that the Australian-delivered Mazda2 would be sourced from Thailand, Mazda has today confirmed that production of the 2011 Mazda2 will return to the company's Hiroshima plant in Japan.
The move has been attributed to growing demand for the Mazda2 in Thailand and other neighbouring markets.
“With the increasing demand for Mazda2, securing supply was extremely important. Now that production of Australian-bound Mazda2s has moved back to Hiroshima we can be sure of fulfilling customer demand and maintaining momentum in the light car segment," Mazda Australia MD Doug Dickson said.