2008 Mazda2 / Demio Sedan: High-Res Images & Press Release

Chinese buyers love sedans so it was only logical that Mazda would broaden its Mazda2 (Demio in Japan) line-up for China with a 4-door variant. Unveiled today (Nov. 19, 2007) at the 2007 Guangzhou Motor Show press day (public days: November 20 – 26, 2007), the new Mazda2 sedan is produced by Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd. at its Nanjing plant. According to Mazda, it will go on sale in China along with the 5-door version (details here) during the first half of 2008 through the Changan Mazda Motor Sales Company’s network. -Continued after the jump

Noriaki Yamada, President and COO of Mazda Motor (China) Co., Ltd. said, “By introducing the four-door sedan and five-door hatchback to the B-car segment in China, we will have completed our product launches in the B, C and CD segments, which represent the three major Chinese vehicle classes. The new models will greatly strengthen Mazda’s product lineup in China.”

The Mazda2 Sedan maintains the same wheelbase (2.490 mm – 98 inches) with the 5door version but at 4,270 mm or 168.1 inches long, it’s 365 mm or 14.3 inches longer than the hatch. In China, the Mazda2 Sedan will be offered with two engines, an 85 HP 1.3-litre unit and a 102 HP 1.5-litre unit that can be combined either with a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed automatic transmission.