• May 25, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the Mazda2 in the wild

Although we've seen the Mazda2 before in 3- and 5-door configurations overseas, the presence of it at a local car meet in Southern California had us once again speculating about its sales potential in the States. The fact that the meet was held at Mazda's SoCal HQ means that the car could simply be undergoing evaluation, but judging by the reaction of the crowd, we think this has better sales potential than the 2009 Focus that was parked at the other end of the lot. While the exterior looked pretty spiffy, the interior looked cavernous. Smart design, and a worthy competitor for the Yaris, Versa and Fit. While we've heard that Ford's version of this car, the Fiesta, will make it to our shores eventually, we still don't know for sure about this lovely little Mazda. Mazda keeps waffling. We'll keep our fingers crossed, especially knowing there's that Mazdaspeed2 in the mix, at least overseas. But that's where all of the magic seems to start nowadays so there is hope.



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      • 6 Years Ago
      I'm surprised that nobody has mentioned that this car confirmed as coming to the US - as a ford fiesta. They are pretty much identical.

      The Demio (Mazda2) in Japan uses two engines, a 1.3 liter miller type that gets around 50 mpg, and a sportier 1.5 liter that has about 105 hp. I would love to see both engines in the new Fiesta. There is also a boxy wagon version that I think would sell very well.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Finally it's time for American to get rid off the sluggish, gas guzzlering pick-up trucks and SUVs to embrace this kind of more sensible sub-compact cars. and it's time for American car makers to make small profitable cars. It's not easy for them, everytime they promise to make a different small car they end up giving us a much bigger sized rubbish, such as the Cavaliar, the Colbalt, the Focus, and the Neon, fit and finish is totally a junk.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I was there in the car meet "cars and coffee", but I didn't really pay attention to this car because an Aston martin DBS just parked one block from it...
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wouldn't this particular car have to meet California emissions specs in order to be licensed and registered there? That would lead me to believe it is headed to North America. That being said, I would buy one! I have loved my Mazda Protege from the get go, and the Mazda 3 had been in my sights since it came out two years after buying my Protege. This car would make me say, "Mazda 3 who?"
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nah, it's a manufacturers plate, car companies get exemptions to test cars not meant for US consumption in the US all the time (hot weather testing in Death Valley, for example). Still, def hope it makes it to the US!
      • 6 Years Ago
      Great, so meaning Mazda now has aspirations of being what Saturn is too GM? The Saturn dealer near me practically is giving cars away. I saw low rates and other offers on Astras and even the little SUV thing.

      Mazda will be in the same boat . People bought them because they were inexpensive fun! Ask VW how easy it is to project yourself as a luxury or upscale brand after years of establishing your current reputation


      BTW, very nice looking car. Looks somewhat like the Euro Fiesta
      • 6 Years Ago
      I hope Mazda thinks outside the box (first by bringing it to the US at ALL) but then by offering some equipment the competition NEVER offers...

      Sunroof
      Heated Seats...

      These are things people with big cars are used to.. and no other tiny car except MINI offers. As we move from the large to the modest, giving up the treats is no fun.
        • 6 Years Ago
        unfortunately there's a reason why there's a dearth of upmarket compacts here in the US.....we don't buy them. That's why the Euro focus is very nice while ours is an econobox.

        I think we Americans have the general disposition that if you spend more on a car, it should be bigger.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow Autoblog I emailed you guys about photos of a Mazda 2 I spotted on the road back in February and I get no response and you're posting this in May? Oy.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That's right Mazda...keep waffling. That's brilliant.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I live in Spain now and I have seen quite a few of these, and got to sit in one at a dealership. I'm 6'1" and with the front seat set for my size, I still had enough knee and headroom in the back to be comfortable. I'm moving back to the states in a month and if this is as good a drive as the reviews say it is it would be at the top of my list with the new Fit... Mazda, what are you waiting for???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Bring it here! With gas at $4/gallon, Mazda would sell a ton of these.
      • 6 Years Ago
      i see one or two of these daily here in costa rica. i must say that for what it is its a really nice little car. the design is far more captivating than others in the same segment. i hope they start shipping them to the US too..
      • 6 Years Ago
      What everyone needs to realize is that Mazda has limited capacity for building cars, the Mazda 3 could have surpassed the Civic in Canada as far as sales go but they couldn't churn out more to do that.

      It would be a hot little thing over here though.
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