• Apr 10, 2009
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According to a new article in Canada's Globe and Mail, Mazda president and CEO Takashi Yamanouchi has confirmed that the Mazda2/Demio subcompact hatch will be sold in Canada. While there is no firm timeframe, the GaM's sources suggest that it is likely to go on sale within the next year, although it is not yet clear which bodystyles will be sold.

That doesn't mean U.S. drivers should get their hopes up, however. There are a number of models sold in Canada that that have never been brought over to the States, including Nissan's XTrail and the Acura CSX (admittedly a gussied-up Honda Civic), and Mazda enjoys a significantly larger presence on the Canadian scene than it is in the States. Back in February, Jim O'Sullivan, Mazda's North American president and CEO, told Autoblog that Mazda's share in Canada sits around 5 percent, while in the U.S. they've only recently cracked two percent. Given that news, we can see the logic in trying out the Mazda2 in the land of hockey and Gordon Lightfoot before bringing it south to us Yankees. In the meantime, we'll have to slake our green minihatch Jonses with Ford's new Fiesta. Thanks for the tips, everyone!



[Source: The Globe and Mail]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      Give me a Mazda2Speed and I'll take one.
      • 5 Years Ago
      As a 4-time Mazda owner, I'm not going to cry about this anymore.

      Initially had my heart set on the 2, but after seeing the Fiesta, I could be happy with either one, and frankly I think I like the Fiesta better now (interior esp.)
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm guessing it will be coming here in *built in Japan* form first then when the Mexico plant that's meant to pump it out along with the Fiesta opens, they'll send/sell them to the US as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      does anyone know if you can buy one in canada and drive it across the border to the u.s.? are emissions and safety standards that much different? would there be tariffs involved? is it possible/would it be legal?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I believe I saw a picture of a Mazda 2 on the US plates few months ago.

        There it is..... on Autoblog :-) it IS possible. Just don't ask me how.

        http://www.autoblog.com/2008/05/25/mazda2-5-door-spotted-in-california/
        • 5 Years Ago
        im sure its possible, I know a lot of people who have imported a car from the usa to canada while the dollar was strong and it was cheaper to do so. The only thing is that the speedometer would be in km/h which can get a little annoying (even though mph markings are still there but in smaller fonts).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Over all, I like it. I still prefer the Fiesta, as I prefer its styling. But its not a bad looking car, and I like the interior. I think Mazda would be wise to bring it here.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What's with the Mickey Mouse interior?!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Amen! I've been saying that all along. The mazda 2 gets the lame interior and the fiesta gets the lame name. . .
      • 5 Years Ago
      Canadians also have higher gas prices. At least they always have when I've been there. They also have less aversion to hatchbacks. Toyota's been selling the Yaris/Echo 5-door for years in Canada.
      • 5 Years Ago
      we can has??
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is awesome, maybe I can replace my Nissan X-trail with one of these.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Its a great looking car! I just dont see it being a big seller in the US
      • 5 Years Ago
      Give it time in the US. The small car market will soon be huge here with the economic downturn.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Aint coming here until Mazda USA finds a way to plaster that stupid grin on the fascia so that anyone looking forward to it will be instantly repulsed by the smiley little idiotmobile.

        Mazda's screwed the pooch with this theme. They use to be at the top of my list as a probable next car but now they are 3rd from the bottom.
      • 5 Years Ago
      If they'd have sold this in the US, I might be driving one instead of my Astra.
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