Mazda2 offered as automatic option

Available for £12,060, the Mazda2 TS2 Activematic uses the 1.5-litre petrol engine from the Sport version matched to a four-speed automatic transmission.

The model joins eight other three- and five-door versions of the Mazda2 supermini, including a choice of four specification levels and four engines comprising three petrol and a single diesel offering.

Mark Cameron, Sales Director, Mazda UK, said: "The new automatic ‘Mazda2 Activematic’ is certain to expand the appeal of our smallest car. Changing traffic conditions and advances in automatic gearbox technology are steadily increasing the attraction of this kind of transmission and we expect our latest model to account for around eight percent of Mazda2 sales in 2011."

Mazda will also offer the special edition Tamura model alongside the other cars in the Mazda2 range.

The Tamura specification, often used as a sporty special edition model in Mazda’s line-up, adds features such as 16" alloy wheels and a sports styling kit comprising new side skirts, rear spoiler and four-lamp headlights.

"Making the ‘special’ Tamura model a permanent addition to the line-up gives consumers a high-value variant with a sporty flavour beneath the regular, fully specified Sport models," said Cameron.

All models in the Mazda2 range come with air conditioning, electric front windows, electric door mirrors, CD player and a choice of nine exterior colours including optional metallic finishes.

The Mazda2, the Japanese manufacturer’s answer to the Ford Fiesta and Vauxhall Corsa, accounts for 25 per cent of UK sales in a market dominated by smaller cars.

The Mazda2 range was released this month and features the new Mazda face alongside more efficient engines. Mazda2 prices start from £9,995 on-the-road, with TS2 models starting from £10,820.