Soon to be launched in South Africa, all-new Mazda2 wins Car of the Year Japan 

Following the Mazda CX-5, Mazda6 and Mazda3, the soon to be launched in South Africa all-new Mazda2 is the fourth in Mazda's line-up of new-generation models that adopt the full range of SKYACTIV TECHNOLOGY** and the KODO-Soul of Motion design.

Aspiring to create a new-generation subcompact that would shatter people's preconceived notions about this class of vehicle, Mazda packed all the new technology and design ideas that have defined the company's new-generation models into the compact body of the Mazda2. These include an ideal driving position and pedal layout, a Human Machine Interface that prioritizes safety, sophisticated and high-quality interior and exterior styling, and a newly-developed SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre clean diesel engine which offers maximum torque equivalent to a 2.5-litre petrol engine and outstanding fuel efficiency.

All passenger vehicles with an expected annual sales volume of over 500 units, announced or launched in Japan between November 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 were eligible for this year's Car of the Year Japan award. The last Mazda to be named the Car of the Year Japan was the Mazda CX-5 in 2012. The Mazda2 is the fifth Mazda to win this award.

"Mazda is both honoured and grateful that the Mazda2 has received such a prestigious award. Mazda Southern Africa is inspired by this award, and following the local launch of the Mazda3, Mazda6 and CX-5 all-new petrol & diesel engines, we are looking forward to introducing the all-new award winning Mazda2 to the South African market." Says David Hughes - MD of Mazda South Africa.

**SKYACTIV is the umbrella term for Mazda's range of next-generation technologies-including gasoline and diesel engines, transmissions, body and chassis - developed under Mazda's Sustainable Zoom-Zoom vision to provide both driving pleasure and outstanding environmental and safety performance.