Wednesday, January 20, 2010

New Car: 2011 Mazda 5

Mazda’s new 5 MPV has been revealed ahead of its official launch at March’s Geneva motor show.

The Japanese firm has gone for style as well as function, with features including sliding rear doors to boost rear passenger access and a flexible seven-seat interior.

The 5’s styling brings it line with the rest of Mazda’s range. It has been designed with efficiency in mind, including a low drag coefficient, with optimal lift and air-flow stability features.

Among the engine range will be a new direct-injection 2.0-litre petrol unit mated to a six-speed manual gearbox. Stop-start is also included. This new engine achieves a 15 per cent reduction in CO2 emissions compared with the model it replaces.

Hideki Matsuoka, the Mazda 5’s programme manager, said, “Our team aimed to create a new MPV that combines superb practicality with the superior environmental performance these modern times demand and a new expression in stylish design.”

Full details will be revealed at the Geneva show, which starts on 2 March. The new Mazda 5 will go on sale later this year.

Thanks to: Autocar

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