The all-new 2015 Mazda 2 misses out on some safety items fitted as standard to rival cars, but the Japanese brand’s local arm says customers may not want to pay for them.
In no specification does the 2015 Mazda 2 come as standard with a reverse-view camera or front/rear parking sensors. Buyers must option those safety and convenience items in to their cars: rear sensors are $299; front sensors $599; reverse-view camera $778 for the Neo and Maxx (camera displays in the rear-view mirror), and $420 on the Genki model which has a tablet-style media system.
Other safety options include the Smart City Brake Support (SCBS) automated low-speed braking system (operating between 4 and 30km/h), which costs $400. The availability of this unit should allow the 2015 Mazda 2 to secure a five-star ANCAP crash test score.
Mazda Australia public relations manager Steve Maciver says the availability of the latter option pack gives the brand a unique offer in the market.
“It’s available on every model in the range, and it’s a $400 option on every single model.
“Within that segment, obviously price is a very sensitive factor at that end of the market,” he said. “We have built a car that has a whole host of active safety equipment – high and ultra-high tensile steel, so the body’s a lot stronger and safer.
“Certainly these technologies are coming in, but they always add cost to the car. So we’ve decided to make it an option available across the range, and that means customers can choose if they want that technology or not,” Maciver said.