The revised and refreshed version of the 2012 Mazda Demio four-door hatchback (known as the Mazda2 in Europe) just gone on sale in carmaker’s home market of Japan, being offered in all Mazda, Mazda Anfini and Mazda Autozam dealers throughout the country. A total of 6,000 per month are expected to find new homes at prices ranging from ¥1,149,000 to ¥1,621,750 which equivalent to US$ 14,400 to US$ 20,300.
As you might already know, the 2012 Mazda Demio four-door hatchback model year now features the Japanese carmaker’s new 1.3-liter SKYACTIV-G direct-injection gasoline engine. The four-cylinder unit features dual sequential valve timing and an ultra high compression ratio.
Combined with the automaker’s i-stop idling stop system on the 2012 Mazda Demio four-door hatchback, the SKYACTIV-G 1.3 features a record high compression ratio of 14.0:1 together with knocking avoiding technologies like piston cavities designed to support ideal combustion and multi-hole injectors for precise fuel injection.
The unit under the hood of 2012 Mazda Demio four-door hatchback deliveries a best-in class fuel economy of 30.0km/L (10-15 mode test cycle) or 25.0km/L (Japan’s new JC08 test cycle). A total of 130 patents had to be filed by Mazda for the new 1.3-liter, which develops 82 hp at 5,400 rpm (62 kW) and 112 Nm (83 LB-FT)of torque at 4,000 rpm. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for the SKYACTIV-G 1.3 variant of the Demio starts from an affordable 1,400,000 yen (including taxes), which is equivalent to about $17,300.
Mazda has also developed a system named i-DM on the 2012 Mazda Demio four-door hatchback which monitors the movement of the steering wheel, accelerator and brake pedals, as well as the vehicle speed, to inform the driver about his skills through a gauge and colored lights on the dashboard. “The score from each trip is used to calculate a driving skill level, from Stage 1 to Stage 3. By progressing through the stages, drivers can feel that their driving skills are improving,” Mazda says.