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Hot and Spicy Mazda 2 Sedan

By SYF77 on 05 Feb 2010

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I read about the Mazda 2 sedan about 2 years ago. The sexy coupe-like 4-door sedan was unveiled at the 2007 Guangzhou Motor Show, and was built and sold in China by Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co Ltd. At that time, there was no news on whether the car would be sold outside China. However, I was pleasantly surprised to find out from The Straits Times that this compact sedan will be making its debut in Singapore some time in March 2010. This will be the first Mazda in Singapore that is sourced from the land of thousand smiles.

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From an aesthetic point of view, the Mazda 2 sedan certainly has one up against its closest rival, the Toyota Vios. The 2's body contour is smooth and athletic whereas the Toyota gives the impression of a teen who swallowed too much candies. Mazda's designers managed to perfect the art of adding a boot to a hatchback and my view is that it is better looking than its cousin, the Ford Fiesta sedan. At 4,270(L) x 1,695(W) x 1,480(H), the Mazda sedan is slightly shorter but much wider than the Vios. This should translate to better handling characteristics in Mazda.

Expect the Mazda 2 sedan to be powered by the 1.5L VVT unit that is currently serving the hatchback version. Gearbox is a conventional 4 speed automatic. Nothing fancy about the drivetrain but the Vios none better. My only wish is that the hatch's rear drum brake gets replaced with disc brake in the sedan form.

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I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Ichibawa Feb 05 2010 11:00 PM
Seen the actual car running around in China. It doesn't look as nice as those in pictures.
Watwheels Feb 06 2010 12:30 AM
The other car which is also taking the Tom Yam route soon, all time fav the Latio.
bellboy Feb 08 2010 10:33 AM
Mazda and Nissan has always prided themselves on the fact that all their cars are from Japan. Switching to Thailand cannot be good.

Toyota owners have long complained about the inferior quality of Thailand assembled cars. The fact that Toyota is still selling well is purely due to their low prices.

If Nissan and Mazda cars are made in Thailand, they better make sure that selling price is low. Don't be like Honda. Make the Honda City in Thailand, but price it so high. That's why their sales dropped like a sinking stone for 2009.
Pocus Feb 12 2010 01:03 PM
Well, the MIT toyota are marketted as no-frills hence the price.

The M2 and Laito are better built and full of features even though MIT, hence the price.
Firstcall Feb 14 2010 10:03 AM
Vios is Fugly. Mazda will b expensive. Period.
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