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New Mazda2 Three-Door Hatchback to Be Showcased at the 2008 Geneva International Motor Show

January 25, 2008

HIROSHIMA, JAPAN – For the first time ever, a Mazda2 three-door hatchback joins the popular Mazda2 model range. Mazda will premiere this new vehicle at the 78th annual Geneva International Motor Show, Mar. 4 through Mar. 16.

The new Mazda2 three-door hatchback is designed to attract new customers to further Mazda’s continued growth in the European market. It comes with the same MZR 1.3L and 1.5L gasoline powertrains, and the same MZ-CD 1.4L common-rail turbo diesel, as the five-door hatchback. These engines achieve high fuel efficiency along with particularly low CO2 emissions.

By completely redesigning the body and chassis and implementing Mazda’s unique gram strategy, the Mazda2 is nearly 100 kilograms lighter compared to the previous version, with a vehicle weight under the 1,000 kilogram threshold.

Also at Geneva this year are three European debuts: the Mazda Taiki concept car, equipped with Mazda’s next-generation rotary engine, the Mazda5 Hydrogen RE Hybrid, and the facelift version of Mazda’s unique rotary engine sports car, the RX-8.

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