Mazda expects the Mazda2 Automatic to prove so popular, particularly with Motability drivers and driving schools, that it will quickly become one of the best-selling variants of its supermini range.
The Mazda2 has been in demand from those who lease a car through the Motability Scheme and the arrival of the Mazda2 Automatic will increase this trend, says the manufacturer.
To build on the anticipated sales impetus, the Mazda2 Automatic will feature in Mazda's special driving school programme, alongside the lower-medium sector Mazda3.
The programme is aimed specifically at the 17,000 qualified driving instructors who are self-employed or work for small driving schools across the UK.
The new five-door automatic Mazda2 is badged ‘TS2 Automatic' and sees a four-speed automatic transmission mated to the 1.5-litre engine, which returns 44.8mpg with CO2 emissions of 146g/km.
The model costs £12,370 on-the-road.
Mark Cameron, sales director at Mazda UK believes that the new Mazda2 Automatic is certain to expand the appeal of Mazda's smallest car.
"The Mazda2 Automatic has been launched due to significant public demand,” he said. “We expect it to become one of the best selling Mazda2 derivatives, helped by demand from Motability drivers and sales generated by our driving schools programme."