2010 Geneva Auto Show: New Mazda5

{img1 alig=left}Japanese carmaker Mazda comes with a bag full of goodies at this year’s auto show in Geneva. Making its world premiere at the event is the new generation Mazda5, tweaked both in terms of styling and performance. The new 7-seater C-MAV features the full application of the “Nagare Flow” design, balanced with a host of aerodynamic elements.

The car also features dual sliding rear doors and easy step-in access, more comfortable seats and user-friendly instruments. There are also power-sliding rear doors available for automatic door opening (depending on version and country).

The Nagare design also inspired new designs for the instrument panel, seat and trim to create a driver-oriented cockpit that is both sportier in appearance and highly functional.

The engine line-up has also been refreshed and now sports a new 2.0-litre petrol engine and Mazda’s stop/start system,
i-stop. This version achieves approximately 15 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions compared to the 2.0-litre petrol it replaces. The range also includes a 1.8-litre petrol engine, now with six-speed manual gearbox, and an economical diesel engine.

Safety wise, the new Mazda5 features an energy-absorbing structure at the hood and front bumper that helps improve pedestrian protection. Front seats incorporate a neck support structure that relieves force to the neck and helps reduce the chance of neck injury in the event of a rear end collision.

Furthermore, side door impact beams now use a double-hat shape for greater strength, while the power-sliding doors feature a new and improved latch mechanism. The Emergency Stop Signal (ESS) warns cars behind in case of a sudden braking manoeuvre by automatically flashing the hazard lights rapidly. The second row seatback frame is reinforced to prevent cargo from pushing forward in the case of a frontal collision.
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