• Apr 8, 2008


Click above to view the Mazda2 sedan in hi-res

There are certain things we may never understand about Eastern cultures. Somewhere down on the list comes the notion that compact hatchbacks look better with diminutive trunks. Take for example this Mazda2 sedan, which the Japanese automaker has prepared especially for the Chinese market. The sedan was unveiled at the Guangzhou Auto Show, and joined the hatchback variant in China this month with prices equivalent to $12,400 for the base 86-hp 1.3 to $16,500 for the fully-loaded 104-hp 1.5.

Like the ironically-named Swift DZire launched by Maruti Suzuki in India, the four-door variant of the Mazda2, albeit considerably less gut-wrenching than the Suzuki, still leaves us scratching our heads. But apparently the Chinese market demands it. Take note, Ford: we don't. So please, if and when you decide to bring us the Mazda2, which has been such a huge success overseas, keep the trunk and give us the hatch. (Come to think of it, same goes for the Fiesta.)

[Source: Winding Road]



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      • 6 Years Ago
      Though some awkwardness is inevitable in a sedan this stubby, the 2 is just about the best-looking subcompact with a trunk in existence. Compared to the Versa sedan, it looks almost Italian.

      The B segment is only going to grow as the economy grinds down; I wonder how far along Mazda NA is in getting the 2 Stateside.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I thought it was the US consumers who demanded sedans instead of getting the functional hatchback versions of the imports. Or by Eastern cultures did you mean eastern US?
      • 6 Years Ago
      "There are certain things we may never understand about Eastern cultures. Somewhere down on the list comes the notion that compact hatchbacks look better with diminutive trunks"

      You mean the same way North Americans got the Yaris/Versa Sedans and continue to prefer boring sedans over hatchbacks and wagons?
        • 6 Years Ago
        Exactly. The writer here suggesting that Eastern tastes in little sedans is questionable apparently has forgotten he lives in the USA...where trunks grafted onto former hatchback bodies rule. Where the Focus no longer even offers a hatchback.

        A few hatches are beginning to reappear here (i.e., the latest Yaris), but the 4 door version is still usually a sedan rather than a 5 door hatchback. This is the land of trunks, and it is really silly. People will buy "hatchback" SUVs, CUVs, and minivans, but the car has gotta have a trunk. Inscrutable.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I def prefer a hatch to a sedan even up to a C seg car. Im on my second hatch (Versa) and i plan on a hatch being my next car as well (hopefully a bangin' 2010 euro-esque Foucs HATCH) I just think they look sportier and have great utility.
      • 6 Years Ago
      "Take note, Ford: we don't. So please, if and when you decide to bring us the Mazda2, which has been such a huge success overseas, keep the trunk and give us the hatch. (Come to think of it, same goes for the Fiesta.)"

      CO-SIGN!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I have to admit that Mazda has the knack to build sedans and hatch version of their cars that look both as good.
      Bring this over here in US Mazda !!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      I guess that like the Taurus eggs of yore, NO aftermarket stereos...
        • 6 Years Ago
        The Taurus, Escort, and ZX2 could all get aftermarket stereos installed.
        All you had to do was get a huge aftermarket chunk of plastic to replace a huge hunk of your dashboard.
        Always funny to see.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Amazing the grace and proportions in view of its diminutive size! Very fine looking car that Mazda would do well to sell in the US to accelerate its market momentum.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I agree - keep the sedan away.

      I still don't get this stereotype of hatchbacks meaning something negative as far as autodom. I'm seriously starting to think people are just that stupid...

      As far as hatch-to-sedan transformations go, this one is not as bad as others I've seen (Impreza, SX4, even the current Mazda 3 to some extent), but why give up the looks and practicality of hatch for some outdated prejudice that hasn't applied since the early 90's?

      Thanks for nothing, Gremlin and Pacer.

      Please Mazda, bring the 2 to North America: Canada loves small cars, and the States are slowly coming 'round. The time is NOW!!
      • 6 Years Ago
      i agree with PJ, as far as a B seg. sedan incarnate, this one def looks relatively nice, not odd and awkward like the Versa sedan and Yaris sedan (IMO). the rear bugs me though and made me think Lancer wit hthose tail lights...hmm
      • 6 Years Ago
      I Prefer hatches usually, but the sedan looks hot. Seriously, just bring both. I'll totally buy one.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You can keep the hatch Europe. I prefer the trunk.
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