The new model is said to have an ideal driving position and pedal layout, a Human Machine Interface that places emphasis on safety, a high-quality interior and a stylish exterior. The new model should prove to be frugal too with a newly-developed SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre clean diesel engine.
All passenger vehicles with an expected annual sales volume of over 500 units, announced or launched in Japan between 1st November, 2013 and 30th September, 2014 were eligible for this year's Car of the Year Japan award. The last Mazda to be named 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 and diesel engines, we’re looking forward to introducing the all-new award-winning Mazda2 to the South African market," said David Hughes, MD Mazda South Africa.