Mazda has unveiled its Spring 2013 Special Edition line-up, adding an attractively-priced value package to its four core models – the Mazda 2, Mazda 3, Mazda 5 and MX-5.

The common theme of the Spring 2013 package for the Mazda2, Mazda3 and Mazda5 starts with Zeal Red, the success­ful CX-5 launch colour that so effectively characterises the power and attractive­ness of the body forms and their flow­ing contours. Stylishly complementing the bold exteriors are special touches like sporty and sophisticated black side mir­ror covers, dark tinted glass and red con­trast stitching for the black fabric seats.

Inside, an assortment of convenience and connectivity features await, including a parking sensor, rain and light sensor, and optional Sanyo TomTom® navigation sys­tem. This multi-media solution combines Sanyo’s audio/video and infotainment experience with TomTom®’s in-car naviga­tion technology.

Always in a league of its own, the Mazda MX-5 is getting four colours, either with a matching retractable hard top or brown soft top. The Sanyo TomTom® device is standard equipment for this special edi­tion of the celebrated roadster, which also features tan leather seat upholstery.

Alloy wheels in a special bright finish and an automatic climate control system round out the Spring 2013 Special Edition package for all four Mazdas. And all ex­cept the Mazda2 get Bluetooth® connec­tivity as well as an auto dimming mirror. The Spring 2013 Special Editions are now on sale.

Mazda2 Spring 2013 Special Edition: Little price, big value

When the current generation Mazda2 first arrived in 2007, it was clearly out to turn some heads in the competitive B-segment. At a time when the industry seemed to be building bigger and heavier subcompacts, Mazda went its own way. The company came up with a car that was 100kg – or almost 10% – lighter than its predecessor and, of course, more fuel efficient. Mazda’s baby, a genuine all-around talent, did not disappoint, capturing the coveted World Car of the Year 2008 title.

The face-lifted Mazda2 introduced in 2010 was sportier, cleaner and more comfort­able while using more high and ultra-high tensile steels to further improve per­formance, handling, fuel economy and safety. Equipped with an updated suspension, it could better absorb bumps without detracting from on-road stability of one of the best handling superminis on the market. The Spring 2013 Special Edition Mazda2 (Five-door only) about to be launched adds even more Zoom-Zoom to what is al­ready a great value.

The Mazda2, like all Mazdas, is built to drive. The interior is designed for people, keeping it simple where it counts. Surpris­ingly roomy for a car this size, controls are positioned exactly where they’re easi­est to operate, but without being in the way. And the list of qualities is longer than ever on the Special Edition, which features red contrast stitching on the black fabric seats and dark tinted glass. Applauded for superb driver visibility, the Mazda2 now adds a premium range of convenience and safety-enhancing stan­dard equipment like a rain and light sen­sor, parking sensor and automatic climate control system along with an optional Sanyo TomTom® navigation system.

Common to all Spring 2013 models, the Zeal Red exterior finish with distinc­tive black mirror covers nicely highlights the body’s character lines and subtle contours while imparting a healthy physique, underlined by the solid stance of the bright 16-inch alloy wheels. In its latest attire, the Mazda2 simply looks stronger than before.

Thrust is provided by high (84 PS) and standard power (75 PS) versions (Availability varies from market to market) of the lively yet frugal MZR 1.3, petrol engines that love to be pushed to their limits. In both cases, output is delivered to the front wheels by a smooth, crisp five-speed manual. It’s a very responsive combination that, together with the sharp steering and precise cornering, is destined to put a smile on drivers’ faces. In terms of the quality and fun factor for the price, this Mazda2 is simply unmatched.

At a glance – Mazda2 Spring 2013 Special Edition

Exterior

  • Contour-enhancing Zeal Red body colour
  • Brightly-finished 16-inch alloy wheels
  • Sporty, sophisticated black mirror covers

Interior

  • Red contrast stitching on black fabric seats
  • Dark tinted glass

Safety & convenience

  • Automatic climate control system
  • Rain & light sensor
  • Parking sensor

Connectivity

  • Sanyo TomTom® navigation system (optional)

Powertrains

Output, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions:

Petrol

  • MZR 1.3 (55kW / 75PS @ 6,000rpm and 119Nm @ 3,500rpm) with five-speed manual: 5.0 l/100km & 115 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5
  • MZR 1.3 (62kW / 84PS @ 6,000rpm and 121Nm @ 3,500rpm) with five-speed manual: 5.0 l/100km & 115 g/km Emissions class: Euro 5

 

Mazda3 Spring 2013 Special Edition: The love affair continues

The Mazda3 set a new standard for the highest volume segment in the business when it first hit the market in 2003, winning 90-plus awards and being named Car of the Year on several occasions. Praised for its performance, handling, styling and interior, people fell in love all over again with the new generation compact launched in 2009 for being so much fun to drive and offering more functionality than its rivals. Staying the course with its focus on quality and attention to detail, Mazda has now put together a Spring 2013 Special Edition Mazda3 five-door hatchback. Already Mazda’s most popular model with well over 3 million sold since its introduction a decade ago, the latest Mazda3 is slated to continue capturing the hearts and minds of drivers across Europe.

The exhilaration begins with the smooth transitions of the Mazda3 exterior and the way the Zeal Red body colour expresses its flowing lines. With their bright finish, the 17-inch alloy wheels highlight the Mazda3`s muscular stance and subtle aggressiveness, while the black mirror covers round out its harmonic shapes. As always, they also have a purpose: The optimised front-end and floor undercover from its most recent facelift streamline air flow on the most aerodynamic and fuel-efficient Mazda3 yet.

The interior retains its sporty, dynamic atmosphere, enveloping the driver in a cockpit designed to connect the person with the car. Advanced over the years, the superior ergonomics are a result of designer’s efforts to (among other things) minimise driver eye movements. The range of interior features for the Special Edition model, which includes a rain and light sensor, auto-dimming mirror and red contrast stitching for the black fabric seats, only add to a well-executed balance between form and function. Bluetooth® connectivity and a parking sensor are standard, while a Sanyo TomTom navigation system is also available as an option.

Under the bonnet, two diesels (the 115 PS MZ-CD 1.6 & 150 PS MZR-CD 2.2) are available along with two petrol engines: the MZR 1.6 and MZR 2.0 delivering 105 PS & 155 PS, respectively. Both diesels come with a six-speed manual, while the MZR 1.6 is attached to a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic. The larger MZR 2.0, meanwhile, gets a six-speed manual and i-stop, Mazda’s unique idle-stop tech­nology first introduced on the Mazda3 in 2009, or a five-speed automatic. Combined cycle fuel economy and CO2 emissions start at 4.3 l/100km diesel & 115 g/km for the MZ-CD 1.6, 6.3 l/100km petrol & 144 g/km for the MZR 1.6, and only 6.7 l/100km & 157 g/km on the MZR 2.0 DISI with i-stop.

As for handling, the Mazda3 is clearly a driver’s car, delivering agile yet predictable handling with a consis­tent, linear feel and smooth transitions between acceleration, deceleration and lateral g-forces. Passengers, too, will appreciate the ride comfort and peace of mind that comes with five EuroNCAP stars of innovative passive and active safety, including Mazda’s award-winning Rear Vehicle Monitoring system, which keeps and eye on the blind spots.

All in all, it’s the same outstanding owner­ship experience Mazda3 drivers have come to expect. Now in a special package that is bound to make the heart skip a beat.

At a glance – Mazda3 Spring 2013 Special Edition

Exterior

  • Contour-enhancing Zeal Red body colour
  • Brightly-finished 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Sporty, sophisticated black mirror covers

Interior

  • Red contrast stitching on black fabric seats
  • Dark tinted glass

Safety & convenience

  • Automatic climate control system
  • Rain & light sensor
  • Auto dimming mirror
  • Parking sensor

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free functionality and more
  • Sanyo TomTom® navigation system (optional)

Powertrains

Output, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions:

Diesel

  • MZ-CD 1.6 (85kW / 115PS @ 3,600rpm and 270Nm @ 1,750rpm) with six-speed manual 4.3 l/100km & 115 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5
  • MZR-CD 2.2 (110kW / 150PS @ 3,600rpm and 360Nm @ 1,800rpm) with six-speed manual 5.1 l/100km & 135 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5

Petrol

  • MZR 1.6 (77kW / 105PS @ 6,000rpm and 145Nm @ 4,000rpm) with five-speed manual 6.3 l/100km & 144 g/km, with four-speed automatic 7.4 l/100km & 171 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5
  • MZR 2.0 DISI i-stop (110kW / 150PS @ 6,500rpm and 191Nm @ 4,500rpm) with six-speed manual 6.7 l/100km & 157 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5
  • MZR 2.0 (110kW / 150PS @ 6,500rpm and 187Nm @ 4,000rpm) five-speed automatic 7.6 l/100km & 175 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5

 

Mazda5 Spring 2013 Special Edition: A class of its own

Proving that a practical, flexible family carriage doesn’t have to be boring, either to drive or to look at, the Mazda5 continues to stand out of the people carrier crowd. Featuring an award-winning design, Zoom-Zoom performance and handling, dual rear sliding doors and the most flexible interior on the market, it has raised the bar for compact MAVs in Europe.

With its Nagare design, the latest generation Mazda5 launched in 2010 boldly captured the concept of light­ness and motion, even when stationary. Its newest incarnation, the Spring 2013 Special Edition Mazda5, spices things up with a Zeal Red exterior that only accen­tuates the magnetism of the harmonic curves. Also new are the sporty 17-inch alloy wheels with the bright finish shared by all Spring 2013 Mazdas, and black mirror covers together with dark tint­ed glass – a perfect complement for the Mazda5’s “invisible” B, C and D pillars.

The sleekest compact van around is also the most aerodynamic in its segment, with a car-like 0.30 drag coefficient con­tributing to better fuel economy and lower emissions. This also means less wind noise which, together with improved insulation, makes for a quieter cabin. The Mazda5 was the first (and is still one of the only) small vans with dual sliding rear doors, an incredibly convenient feature when, for example, loading bulky freight or stuck in a tight parking spot with small children in the back.

It’s uniquely practical inside, too, even by the high standards demanded of C-MAVs, seating up to seven or hauling as much as 1,600 litres of cargo volume. Or vari­ous combinations of people and goods. The Special Edition Mazda5 adds an ex­tra touch of sporty class to the black seats with red contrast stitching. The ex­ceptional roominess hasn’t changed, and the ergonomically-designed controls and switches only enhance to the comfort. Appropriately, an automatic climate con­trol system and parking sensor have been added to the list of standard equipment for this model to go with Bluetooth® con­nectivity and an optional Sanyo TomTom® navigation system.

Designed to carry the most precious of payloads, the standard safety package is quite generous, too, while the reinforced body structure means better protection, particularly during side and rear impacts. Active safety features include Emergency Stop Signal, which automatically warns trailing vehicles by rapidly blinking the hazard lights, as well as ESP and an ex­cellent braking system. The Spring 2013 model also gets a rain and light sensor as well as an auto dimming mirror.

What most sets the Mazda5 apart from its rivals, however, is its driving dynam­ics. The handling is decidedly “unvanly”, marked by well-balanced precision and light-footed agility divulging the ancestry it shares with the Mazda MX-5 roadster. The Special Edition Mazda5 offers a choice of four engines: The thrifty 115 PS MZ-CD 1.6 diesel, which sips only 5.2 l/100km (for CO2 emissions of 138g/km) in combination with a six-speed manual gearbox, and three petrol powerplants. The 150 PS MZR 2.0 DISI comes with a six-speed manual and Mazda’s exclusive i-stop idle-stop system, with a 144 PS MZR 2.0 on hand for those who prefer an automatic. A 115PS MZR 1.8 with six-speed manual is also available. Yet again, Mazda proves that compromising isn’t obligatory.

At a glance – Mazda5 Spring 2013 Special Edition

Exterior

  • Contour-enhancing Zeal Red body colour
  • Brightly-finished 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Sporty, sophisticated black mirror covers

Interior

  • Red contrast stitching on black fabric seats
  • Dark tinted glass

Safety & convenience

  • utomatic climate control system
  • Rain & light sensor
  • Auto dimming mirror
  • Parking sensor

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free functionality and more
  • Sanyo TomTom® navigation system (optional)

Powertrains

Output, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions:

Diesel

  • MZ-CD 1.6 (85kW / 115PS @ 3,600rpm and 270Nm @ 1,750rpm) with six-speed manual 5.2 l/100km & 138 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5

Petrol

  • MZR 1.8 (85kW / 115PS @ 5,300rpm and 165Nm @ 4,000rpm) six-speed manual 7.2 l/100km & 168 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5
  • MZR 2.0 DISI i-stop (110kW / 150PS @ 6,200rpm and 191Nm @ 4,500rpm) with six-speed manual 6.9 l/100km & 159 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5
  • MZR 2.0 (106kW / 144PS @ 6,500rpm and 180Nm @ 4,500rpm) five-speed automatic8.3 l/100km & 192 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5

 

Mazda MX-5 Spring 2013 Special Edition: The legend lives on

By the late 1980s, reasonably-priced roadsters were long extinct. Then, in 1989, Mazda defied convention, bringing them back to life with the Mazda MX-5. Now, almost a quarter century and 1 million units later (and counting), it’s safe to say that the formula for the Zoom-Zoom at its purest has been a smashing success.

With the best selling roadster of all time, Mazda has shown the world that sports cars can actually be very affordable, very reliable and very much fun to drive – all at the same time. Refined over the decades, the company has now prepared a distinct Spring 2013 Special Edition of the most advanced MX-5 to date.

A refined modern classic, today’s MX-5 may still resemble the original 1980s model. But it’s safer than ever, even for pedestrians thanks to the active bonnet system and specially-designed lower front bumper. The newest version features 17-inch alloy wheels in a special bright fin­ish as well as four colours: fiery Copper Red along with Meteor Gray (exclusive­ly for the Special Edition), Stormy Blue and Brilliant Black. There is still a choice between the incredibly easy-to-use soft top (in brown) and the superbly engi­neered retractable hardtop. The latter, which matches the body colour, takes a mere 12 seconds to deploy. Folded away, it doesn’t even affect boot capacity.

Always attractive, comfortable and driver-oriented with no wasted space, the Special Edition MX-5 features tan leather upholstery and an elegant silver finish for the dash panel décor, steer­ing wheel spokes and roll bar covers. The gauges and air vents, meanwhile, get chrome rings Convenience and comfort functionality comes in the form of an auto-dimming mirror and automatic climate control system. Additional standard equipment includes Bluetooth® connectivity and a state-of-the-art Sanyo TomTom® navigation system.

At the heart of the MX-5 is one of two petrol powerplants, both willing and able: the MZR 1.8 and MZR 2.0*, sending either 126 PS to the rear wheels through a five-speed manual, or 160 PS via a six-speed manual gearbox. And with enhanced acceleration and brake return control, they’re more responsive than ever to driver input on the throttle and brake.

As always, the MX-5 is an absolute pleasure to drive with its patented short shift stroke and the precise steering and handling of a delightfully balanced chassis. Its lightweight sports car fun at its best – still almost as lean as it was 20-odd years ago, despite all the additional features. This reflects the “gram strategy”, Mazda’s obsession with reducing weight. From style, convenience and loads of driving fun along with the company’s renowned build quality and reliability, there are so many reasons why the Mazda MX-5 is such a legend. It’s already been said nearly a million times.

At a glance – Mazda MX-5 Spring 2013 Special Edition

Exterior

  • Sporty Copper Red body colour along with Meteor Gray (on the MX-5 exclusively for the Spring 2013 Special Edition), Stormy Blue and Brilliant Black … with matching retractable hardtop or brown soft top
  • Brightly-finished 17-inch alloy wheels

Interior

  • New tan leather upholstery
  • Sporty yet elegant silver finish for the dash panel décor, steering wheel spokes and roll bar covers
  • Chrome rings for gauges and air vents

Safety & convenience

  • Automatic climate control system
  • Auto dimming mirror

Connectivity

  • Bluetooth® connectivity for hands-free functionality and more
  • Standard Sanyo TomTom® navigation system

Powertrains

Output, fuel consumption and CO2 emissions:

Petrol

  • MZR 1.8 (93kW / 126PS @ 6,500 rpm and 167Nm @ 4,500rpm) with five-speed manual 7.1 l/100km & 167 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5
  • MZR 2.0* (118kW / 160PS @ 7,000 rpm and 188Nm @ 5,000rpm) with six-speed manual 7.8 l/100km & 181 g/km, Emissions class: Euro 5