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Mazda2 and Mazda Hakaze news - Geneva show: Mazda2 and Mazda Hakaze - 2007

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The
Mazda2 has always provided all the excitement of endurance lawn bowls, but
we’re much more enamoured with this new one, unveiled in Geneva.

Based
on the same platform as the next-generation Ford Fiesta, the Mazda2 will be
launched with two petrol engines - a 1.3-litre version with 74bhp or 83bhp and
a hotter 1.5-litre iteration producing 102bhp.

It’s
not bad looking by utilitarian city car standards, having obviously picked up
some of the hyper-swoopy styling from the weird concepts that Mazda has been
rolling out recently.

Speaking
of weird concepts, Mazda hasn’t disappointed with the crazy scissor-doored
Hakaze. Based on the same trippy philosophy of ‘natural flow lines’ as the
Ryuga concept we saw in Detroit, it’s ostensibly an SUV in the same vein as the
Nissan Qashqai.

However,
it’s much more coupe-like in appearance, with great swathes of glass on top and
all manner of weird rubberised surfaces inside the cabin.

While
that might all reek of unfeasible concept madness, Mazda says the Hakaze isn’t
far off production reality. Based on the same floorpan as the Ford Focus and
Volvo C30, we could see something similar to the Hakaze on our roads within the
next year or so.

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