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mazda120160719Mazda2ners talk about their love for the Japanese carmaker’s littlest car

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When Mazda Philippines launched the Mazda2 in 2010, it finally had something to wage battle in the highly competitive B-segment.

Using the platform of the excellent Ford Fiesta (as Ford and Mazda were still sharing technology back then, the first-generation model made its mark as a stylish subcompact car that combined good handling and strong performance. This was succeeded by the second-generation Mazda2 launched locally in 2014, which added the Japanese marque’s exceptional SkyActiv technology and “Kodo” design language to make it one of the best cars in its class.

Indeed, for the members of Mazda2ners, the difference between the two models is considerable.

“The first-generation model was a basic compact car, while the SkyActiv Mazda2 feels more like a luxury car,” said the club’s South coordinator Rey Morales. “However, both models manage to be fun to drive while being fuel efficient. You feel like you’re getting away with something for buying a car like this.”

Mazda2ners was formed in 2010, coinciding with the launch of the first-generation Mazda2.

Mazda2ners was formed in 2010, coinciding with the launch of the first-generation Mazda2.

Club member Arshed Rosales said the club was formed in 2010, coinciding with the launch of the first-generation Mazda2. Club secretary Regina de Ramos said the group started with at least four members.

“Right now, we have 75 bona fide members,” de Ramos said. “We also have around 60 newbie members who are on their way to becoming bona fide members. And on our Facebook page, we have around 900 members.”

Third point’s the charm
Morales said a bona fide member is a newbie who has earned at least three points from attending eyeballs (EBs). “For every EB they go to, they can get one point,” he said.

Morales also said that after paying the P700 registration fee, bona fide members receive special club merchandise, discounts from the club’s sponsors and special treatment at Mazda dealerships. Despite these, newbies aren’t excluded in club matters.

“Even if you’re not yet a bona fide member, we don’t limit the information that you can get,” de Ramos said. “We really welcome all Mazda2 owners because we want to help each other.”

Members of the Mazda2ners pose for a picture during an eyeball at Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Members of the Mazda2ners pose for a picture during an eyeball at Mall of Asia grounds in Pasay City.

Morales said the best part of being a Mazda2ner member is being able to exchange knowledge about the car. “We share ideas on how to maintain our cars and some troubleshooting,” he said.

Meanwhile, de Ramos said all Mazda2ner members can avail of emergency roadside assistance from other members nearby. Rosales also said members are encouraged to use the forums so that they could read through frequently asked questions and posit questions of their own.

Morales said to join the club, you need to send a photo of yourself with your Mazda2 to the club’s Facebook page, where the officers will filter requests. “If the applicant is accepted, we invite them to join EBs so that they could earn the three points to become bona fide members,” he added.

Technical seminars, Mazda2 Cup
De Ramos said the club often holds technical seminars for the members. “For instance, we hold seminars on insurance policies so that when our members need to file a claim or if they encounter technical problems, they would know how to deal with these,” she said.

Mazda Philippines president Steven Tan (left) having fun with a Mazda2ner member.

Mazda Philippines president Steven Tan (left) having fun with a Mazda2ner member.

Rosales said the club makes it a point to have an activity every month, ranging from fun runs, track days, charity events and EBs. “Aside from main EBs, we also have mini EBs, which are area-based get-togethers,” he said.

For this year, Rosales said the club plans to hold in August another insurance seminar and a charity event that targets children. Meanwhile, club president Daniel Naval said if there are enough willing members, the group would like set up a Mazda2 Cup at the Batangas Racing Circuit with the help of Mazda Philippines (similar to the Miata Cup in Clark International Speedway).

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