Saturday, April 5, 2008

2008 Mazda2 Review

2008 Mazda2

With gas prices have soared, underdevelopment economobiles are pouring into the American market, from the 10Best-winning Honda Fit at the farm-selling Toyota Yaris at the next Smart Fortwo. About the only company not to set foot in the classroom is short Mazda-or for that matter, Ford partner Mazda. Other countries pint-sized Mazdas and Ford, but not the United States, at least not yet.

The Mazda 2, implies that the number is a vehicle smaller than the Mazda 3. Le'08 2 has been developed on a platform designed to Japan, and the front-drive architecture will also underpin the Ford Fiesta 2008. Now, you think: "We do not get this car, be it", which is true, but under Ford boss Alan Mulally development plan in the world, a car-sized Fiesta expected to arrive here in 2010 . Therefore, while the Mazda 2 will not come to a Mazda dealer near you, how he leads and how it is made to bear the review because it is the basis of a Ford in our future.

While most small cars in the world get larger and heavier with each iteration, the Mazda 2 is in fact at least 220 pounds lighter than its predecessor-standing undistinguished five-door hatchback. At a claimed 2,100 pounds, 2 is about 250 pounds less than the Yaris car in the lightest in May 2006 comparison test of the economy of cars. Some of the weight loss comes from the small size of Mazda to 153.1 inches long, the Mazda 2 is 4.3 inches shorter than a Fit. More weight reduction is the result of a "adjustment", another way of saying the company released characteristics, we should not pick the trick worthy of folding rear seat, you will not find them.

More weight loss comes from the engineering department. The piece is now more than 40 percent of high strength steel, which can be thinner, and therefore lighter than mild steel. The suspension and brakes reflect the cascading effect of weight gain: These pieces can be lighter because there is less weight to handle. The rest of the car was subjected to a strict "gram strategy", in which each party has been analyzed to record fractions of a pound. Some of the savings came from surprising places as 6.4-pounds hangar because of a short cable, as well as 2.2 pounds saved by the use of loudspeakers for neodymium heavier instead of ferrite.

This weight benefits not only watching the car but also the performance of the fuel economy and CO2 emissions. The Mazda 2 now has a surprising agility, but the car is set up for more useful than sportsmanship. Flying fast (2.2 turns lock-to-lock) with electric assist gives a reactive feel, and it is gratifying precision on how the car turns into towers in the corners and if you lift the throttle. The roll is well controlled, and yet the journey is fairly flexible. Disc brakes in front and drums at the rear erase speed without drama. Mazda 2 claims in the steering, brakes, and handling is the best of its kind. We would say Mazda is among the best, the Fit sets a very high standard.

Although 2 is light, it does not feel flimsy. Mazda went to a lot of effort to correct a weakness of the previous-gen its excess noise, vibration and harshness. Road noise was reduced by more rigidity, shellfish, equip a brace between the front strut towers, and paying attention to the suspension bushings.

Our first album was with the 102 hp, 1.5-litre four-cylinder which, as the 1.3-litre, which will be more popular in Europe, is variable valve for admission. The 1.5-litre is a soft, smooth power unit that works well with the slick-shifting five-speed manual. Japan will get a five-speed automatic option.

A few words about 2 styling, even if it will not be shared with Ford on the platform. Mazda showed a series of concept cars highlighting flowing forms and a wedgy profile. The Mazda 2 sides and hood, complicated, carved surfaces, and there is a hint of RX-8 in the front wings. False rear has been reduced to a minimum, so that the car has a tight, the position of sport.

In Europe, Mazda has not really been a player among the smallest cars. The new 2 promises to change, and that bodes well for Ford that will share its essential elements.

Via: askmen

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