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More 2008 Mazda2 images emerge - Mazda2 Front

More 2008 Mazda2 images emerge - Mazda2 Front

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More 2008 Mazda2 images emerge

2008 Mazda2

It might be 2 more years before the Mazda2 reaches Thailand, and a lot will happen between now and then, so the question might be, will it be worth waiting for? After all, Honda will have a new Jazz on the market, and the Toyota Yaris should still hold up well against any newcomers perhaps receiving its midlife update sometime in 2009. Will the Mazda2 have any impact on the market?

Details of the Mazda2 are still sketchy at the moment ahead of it's worldwide launch at the Geneva Motor Show. For now all we have to go on are images and some information about engine lineups on offer. Although we can safely assume that there will be only one engine in the Thai 2, and that will almost certainly be the 1.5 liter petrol unit. This would pit the Mazda directly in with the Jazz and Yaris.

2008 Mazda Demio (Mazda 2) - Thailand by 2009?

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In November 2006 Mazda revealed that they would be producing the Mazda Demio in Thailand, beginning in 2009. The Demio is more likely to be called the Mazda2 here in Thailand as it will sit directly below the bigger 3.

New Year Revelations - Forecast for 2007 - Mazda CX-7

New Year Revelations - Forecast for 2007 - Mazda CX-7

The Mazda CX-7 looks almost identical to the Mazda Crossover Concept vehicle shown at the 2005 Bangkok International Motor Show. Nice.

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New Year Revelations - Forecast for 2007

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As 2006 draws to a close many people seem interested in reviewing the year that was, but bkkAtuos.com would rather look to the future. Before we get into our 2007 forecast, be aware that these are our predictions and might not be entirely accurate.

Although we can't guarantee anything, the information in this preview might be of some use in identifying models that are approaching end of life.

So without further ado, let's get back to the future and see what 2007 (2550) will bring.

More Thailand International Motor Expo 2006 Photos - Mazda RX8

More Thailand International Motor Expo 2006 Photos - Mazda RX8

Might as well run on diamond dust as hydrogen, until they start adding it to the menu at your local gas station.

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More Thailand International Motor Expo 2006 Photos - Mazda RX8

More Thailand International Motor Expo 2006 Photos - Mazda RX8

A Mazda RX8 with a hydrogen sticker on it. How exciting!

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Mazda to start production of small cars in Thailand

Mazda Demio

According to this story from The Nation, Mazda plans to bring production of the Demio to Thailand. According to the article production will not start until 2009. By then Honda should already have the new Jazz.

The Demio is known as the Mazda 2 in some markets, and will probably use that name here to fit in below the 3. The Mazda Demio platform will be updated next year and will also form the basis for a Ford small car, in a reverse of the current arrangement whereby the Focus shares its underpinnings with the Mazda 3.

The new factory should produce 200,000 units a year, a welcome boost to Thailand's "Detroit of Asia" ambitions.

Mazda Customer Priorities

Mazda 3

Before creating the 3, Mazda went out and asked their customers for help in defining the car. They asked what the global market wanted in a car and then went to work creating a car to match those demands. Sounds good right? This should mean that the resulting car will meet the needs of the target market.

Well, it would work out like that if they asked their customers rather than asking school kids, as seems to be the case.

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