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Mazda announces Mazda2 hybrid

6 Mazda 2 Hybrid

Mazda will launch a re-badged version of the Toyota Yaris next year, known as the Mazda2 Hybrid.

It will be sold alongside the existing Mazda2, which is built by Mazda.

The new model will be the brand's first full hybrid.

It is the latest outcome of a long-standing collaboration between Mazda Motor Corporation and Toyota Motor Corporation.

The Mazda2 hybrid uses Toyota’s 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor to deliver 116PS. It has CO2 emissions of 87-93g/km and can achieve up to 74.3mpg.

At start-up the Mazda2 Hybrid automatically runs in EV mode and, during normal driving, power allocation is adjusted between the petrol engine and electric motor for best performance and efficiency. During deceleration and under braking, energy is recovered to recharge the battery.

The Mazda2 Hybrid will be available in a choice of three grades: Mazda2 Hybrid Pure, Mazda2 Hybrid Agile and Mazda2 Hybrid Select.

Like the Yaris, the Mazda2 Hybrid has a five-star Euro-NCAP rating and a 286-litre boot.

The reveal of the Mazda2 Hybrid follows a recent round of updates for the existing Mazda2.

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