2013 MAZDA2 AUSTRALIA
The light Mazda2 hatch is now into its sixth year on the international market, and while a new model won't be far away, the current shape remains hugely popular in Australia.
Chalking up 1106 sales in July, the Mazda2 was bested only by the all-new Toyota Yaris (1156) and Hyundai's i20 hatch (1262). Year-to-date, it leads both, with 9632 sales to 8760 and 7548 respectively.
Now, Mazda Australia has rolled out a number of key - and likely final - updates for the 2, including a new 'Sport' tweak for Neo and Maxx models.
The range kicks off at $15,790 with the Neo Sport - just as it did before - but there's new 15-inch alloy wheels to boost the perky hatch's appeal.
Features for the Neo Sport are otherwise unchanged, including air conditioning, cruise control, steering-mounted audio controls, USB connectivity and power windows.
Maxx and Genki models have been replaced by the Maxx Sport, picking up climate control, front fog lamps, chrome exhaust extension, a trip computer and a leather gear shift knob (in manual models).
There's also contrast red stitching to the front and rear seats, and the leather steering wheel.
Mazda says the Maxx Sport's features make for a $1200 upgrade over the 2012 model, and the list price has dropped by $760 in manual and auto form.
Jet Black mica and Blue Reflex mica colour options are also now available, after first appearing on the new Mazda6.
Price (plus on-roads)
- Mazda2 Neo Sport five-speed manual - $15,790
- Mazda2 Neo Sport automatic - $17,440
- Mazda2 Maxx Sport five-speed manual - $16,930
- Mazda2 Maxx Sport automatic - $18,580