After the success of the CX-5 SUV and Mazda6 mid-size sedan, it comes as no surprise that Mazda has built a great little car. It's built around an all-new platform with great attention paid to keeping weight down. The highlight of its engine range is an all-new 1.5-liter Skyactiv-D diesel that delivers 105 PS at 4,000 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,400 revs. It's said to be the most efficient non-hybrid car on the market and drinks fuel at the rate of only 3.4 liters of diesel per 100 km (83 UK mpg).
What is the Mazda2?Just like the new Mazda3 that came right before it, the 2 makes a clear dash towards the premium side of the market. It's available with LED headlights, a leather interior and has grown significantly in size. The 5-door car measures 4,060mm (159.8 inches) in length, which is absolutely huge for the B-segment. Just to give you give you an idea of what we're talking about, a Ford Fiesta is 3,950mm (155.5 inches) long. The wheelbase is also huge at 2,570mm (101.1 inches), which will make the handling feel like a grown-up car.
As lack luster as stories about awards are, we felt the need to do the slow clap after reading the press statement from Car of the Year Japan. Here's how they over-hyped the award: "Typhoon Vongfong, this year’s fiercest storm, might have weakened when it made landfall on the Japanese archipelago on Sunday, but a storm of different proportions was brewing inside the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation on Tokyo Bay. In a nail-biting finish between the Mazda2 and the Mercedes Benz C-Class, the Hiroshima compact car polled 423 votes to come from behind and win the Car of the Year Japan by just 19 votes."