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Mazda range improved, with price increases

Mazda has joined the list of manufacturers boosting its product appeal in the new year, with improved specification on a number of models.

However, a few models have increased in price to reflect the new specification.

The Mazda Demio adds remote central locking, ABS and side airbags to the 1.3 GXi while the 1.5 GSi gains alloy wheels; both models increase in price by £500. The entry model 1.3 LXi remains unchanged in specification and price.

The Mazda 323 range adds a new model, the 1.3 GXi, which has been upgraded over the LXi with the addition of remote central locking with an increase in price of £200. The 1.6 and 2.0 GXi models also get the addition of remote central locking but at no extra cost. The 1.6 GSi now has alloy wheels, climate control and leather steering wheel for a price increase of £500.

The Mazda 626 is the most significant change. In the run up to the new Mazda 6 launch both the Sport and entry level LXi are removed from the line up to offer a 'focused' range with just three models and four engine choices. Substantial specification increases on the GXi and GSi have led to the addition of SE to the name to signify Special Equipment. The 2.0 GXi SE range gains front fog lamps, 15-inch alloy wheels, climate control, single CD player and a leather steering wheel. The petrol five-door models also get the addition of dark interior and seat trim, carbon-look panel, white dial and black headlamp bezel. The price has increased by £500. The 136 bhp 2.0 GSi also becomes an SE model with the addition of cruise control and rear spoiler with no increase in price.

A Mazda spokesman said: “These specifications changes have been made to ensure Mazda remains competitive and attractive in a competitive market place and continue to offer highly specified vehicles at value for money prices.”

Citroen, Proton and Vauxhall have also announced new year enhancements to their ranges.

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