Hatchback and sedan versions priced from RM87,956
BERMAZ Motor, the official distributor of Mazda models in Malaysia, kick started the new year by unveiling the fourth-generation Mazda2, the first compact car to adopt the Mazda Kodo design theme.
The new Mazda2 joins the CX-5, Mazda3 and Mazda6 to become the fourth model to embody a more distinctive exterior design and incorporate the full range of SkyActiv technology.
Assembled in Thailand, the Mazda2 will be offered domestically in two guises – hatchback and sedan – and inherits the SkyActiv 1.5-litre petrol engine mated to the SkyActiv-Drive six-speed automatic transmission system, able to deliver a maximum 114hp at 6,000rpm and 148Nm at 4,000 of torque.
Mazda Motor Corp director and senior managing executive officer Yuji Nakamine said that he is optimistic that the new Mazda2 would find a solid place in Malaysia’s automotive market.
“Since the first generation Mazda2 was launched in 1996, about 2.5 million units have been sold globally to this day. The model has won many auto awards due to its stylish design statement, the sporty driving experience it offers and its commendable fuel economy,” he said.
While it comes with a basic accessories package of a rear parking sensor and reverse camera, leather seats, front fog lamp and a burglar alarm with an immobiliser, Mazda has included a smart keyless entry with push start system, the idling stop system and a drive selection switch which grants drivers the option of shifting either to the Normal or Sport mode.
Crash protection features, on the other hand, come in the form of dual airbags, dynamic stability control, traction control, electronic brake-force distribution system with brake assist, hill-start assist, among others.
All these equipment and several more bring the price of the Mazda2 to RM87,956 plus insurance, for both the hatchback and sedan versions.
“We believe that customers will be able to evaluate our new product against those in its class which are being offered by our competitors,” Bermaz Motor executive director Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh told Cars, Bikes & Trucks.
“From there, they will make their own assessment based on the car’s value and the ownership experience it could offer.”
At the same time, the company launched its Body and Paint Repair Centre, which sits on a 67,165 sq ft land close by its headquarters in Glenmarie, Shah Alam.
Services offered at the facility ranges from car body and paint repair, glass tinting and additional paint coat protection which can be undertaken with the availability of advance spraying booths and computerised paint mixer.
Asked whether Mazda would consider revising the price of its models post-GST (goods and services tax), Yeoh said that its priority at the moment is to improve customers’ ownership experience by easing their access to excellent after-sales service.
“Car prices in Malaysia are relatively high. Therefore, it is of prime importance that owners of Mazda vehicles are accorded the best after-sales services possible,” he said.
As such, he said that Bermaz is happy to offer five years free maintenance to Mazda buyers.
“As far as GST is concerned, we are still confused about the new taxation system, and so is the whole car industry. We have yet to discuss with the authorities and determine how to gauge the impact of the new tax.”