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All-new 2016 Mazda2 makes North American debut in Montreal

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– Subcompact car latest model to showcase KODO design and SKYACTIV Technology –

MONTREAL, Jan. 14, 2015 /CNW/ - On the eve of the Montréal International Auto Show, the official kick-off of the Canadian auto show season, Mazda unveiled the all-new subcompact Mazda2 for the first time in North America. The completely redesigned Mazda2 is the fourth model in Mazda's line-up of new-generation vehicles that feature the company's award-winning SKYACTIV Technology and KODO – Soul of Motion design. With the launch of the new Mazda2 coming in late summer 2015, Mazda is set to reset the bar on fun to drive in the subcompact set.

"When we launched the first generation Mazda2 right here in Montreal, we did so because Quebec has been known to embrace the small car philosophy with greater verve than the rest of Canada. Well, the sales proved us right, which is why we're back here again, this time to introduce the remarkable new second generation Mazda2," said Kory Koreeda, President, Mazda Canada. "This car proves that small car doesn't mean small value or small fun and in fact, with all the value that SKYACTIV Technology and KODO design brings to this segment, we expect big things from this small but mighty new Mazda2."

In Canada, the 2016 Mazda2 will be powered exclusively by a SKYACTIV-G 1.5-litre gasoline that is more powerful and up to 20% more fuel efficient than the outgoing Mazda2. Output details and full specifications will be revealed at a later date, closer to launch. Power will be directed through a standard 6-speed SKYACTIV-MT manual transmission, with a 6-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic transmission available as an option. As seen previously on the Mazda3, the new Mazda2 will inherit the Mazda Connect infotainment system, which is paired with an HMI commander and places the highest priority on safety.

The 2016 Mazda2 will go on sale in Canada starting in late summer 2015.

The Mazda2 will be on display throughout the run of the 2015 Montréal International Auto Show, along with the 2016 Mazda CX-3, Mazda6 and CX-5 which also makes their Canadian debuts at the show.  Additionally, the full lineup of 2015 model-year Mazdas will be on display, including the Mazda3 and Mazda3 Sport, Mazda5, MX-5, and CX-9.

About Mazda Canada
Mazda Canada Inc. is responsible for the sales and marketing, customer service and parts support of Mazda vehicles in Canada. Headquartered in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Mazda Canada has a nationwide network of 165 dealerships. For additional information visit Mazda Canada's media website at www.media.mazda.ca.

SOURCE Mazda Canada Inc.

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For further information: Sandra Lemaitre, Director, Public Relations, (905) 787-7167; slemaitr@mazda.ca

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