http://www.examiner.com/x-2270-NY-Autos-Examiner~y2010m4d5-USbound-Mazda2-will-start-at-14730-return-35-highway-mpgNEW YORK – With all auto manufacturers working to produce smaller, more efficient vehicles to meet the upcoming stricter fuel consumption and emissions regulations, it’s no surprise that Mazda has decided to bring its Mazda2 subcompact to the United States.
Originally launched in 2007, the Mazda2 had its U. S. unveiling in December at the Los Angeles Auto Show. However, full details were not explained until the five-door, front-wheel-drive hatchback’s introduction at the New York Auto Show.
The winner of 48 awards throughout the world, the Mazda2 will go on sale in May. Two models will be available, Sport and Touring.
Both will be powered by a 1.5-liter, 100-horsepower four-cylinder engine mated to either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. Manual-transmission models are expected to return 28 miles per gallon in the city and 35 on the highway. Automatics should get one less mile per gallon on the open road.
Revised power steering and braking, combined with the Mazda2’s independent suspension, are designed to improve the driving dynamics and maneuverability in the 2011 models.
Safety features include antilock brakes, stability control, traction control, a full complement of airbags and side curtains and side-impact beams.
The Mazda2 will be the first Mazda in the United States to have the Brake Override System. Whenever the brake and throttle are engaged at the same time, the brake system will take precedence to bring the vehicle to a safe stop. The system will be installed on all U.S. Mazda vehicles during the 2011 model year.
The price of a Mazda2 Sport will start at $14,730, including $750 delivery charge, and will have air conditioning, a four-speaker stereo system with auxiliary jack, remote keyless entry, and power windows, mirrors and door locks.
The Touring version, starting at $16,185, adds upgraded seat fabric, fog lights, steering-wheel-mounted audio and cruise controls, trip computer, six-speaker sound system and more.