• Nov 18, 2009
2011 Mazda2 - click above for high-res image gallery

Mazda has finally made it official this morning: it will be bringing its B-segment Mazda2 to the North American market late next year. As you are likely aware, the current generation Mazda2 has been sale in Europe and elsewhere for two years, but we'll be seeing it here for the first time at the Los Angeles Auto Show in a couple of weeks. The Mazda2 shares its platform with the Ford Fiesta which will also make its U.S. production-spec debut at the West Coast show.

Mazda hasn't revealed any other details yet about powertrains or where the car will be sourced from. We expect a 1.6-liter four-cylinder to will be the primary engine. Judging by the teaser shot they released above, we can certainly expect to see the car at least in five-door hatchback form, but given that this is sedan-loving America, we would also expect a four-door with a trunk to show up in Mazda stores, although perhaps not at the LA Auto Show.



[Source: Mazda]

PRESS RELEASE:

North American Mazda2 to Debut at 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show

Hiroshima, Japan, 18 November 2009. Mazda Motor Corporation will showcase the Mazda2 at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. The globally-acclaimed Mazda2 brings a level of style and driving dynamics to the North American sub-compact segment that no other competitor can offer. The vehicle will be sold in the U.S. and Canada beginning in late 2010. The LA Auto Show press days are 2-3 December; public days run from 4 through 13 December.

"Bringing Mazda2 to North America completes the bookends in our line-up," said Jim O'Sullivan, President and CEO, Mazda North American Operations. "With the seven- passenger crossover CX-9 at one end and the sub-compact Mazda2 at the other, Mazda's line-up now spans the most significant product segments in the industry, and is the strongest, best-designed, best-built we have ever offered. Mazda2 will be true to everything that makes our cars stand apart from the competition: it will be stylish, fun-to-drive and a heck of a value. In short, it will be the definition of Zoom-Zoom."

Mazda2 has been a sales and media success in markets around the world, winning 48 awards and being recognized as Car of the Year in more than 20 countries. Additionally, Mazda2 was named "2008 World Car of the Year," besting all other new cars around the world.

Mazda's press conference is scheduled to take place from 11:05 to 11:30 (local time) on Wednesday, 2 December 2009.
Main Exhibits

Scheduled for sale
Mazda2 North American specification (North American premiere)

Models currently on sale
Mazda3, Mazda3 MPS, Mazda5, Mazda6, Mazda MX-5, Mazda RX-8, Mazda CX-7, Mazda CX-9



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I've never understood why Americans buy sedans. and really scratch my head when they buy a sedan the size of a Rio. the trunk is useless. yeah it might hold ten shopping bags but anything bigger wont fit through the opening. Hatchbacks make so much more sense in the B class.
        • 5 Years Ago
        jv2K, I'm guessing you live in the country...either that or Canadian buying habits are drastically different than those of Americans. I see a lot of midsize sedans, wagons and crossovers, some SUV's but usually small ones like an Escape or Rav4, and pickups aren't typically a 'commuter car'.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Totally agree.

        Hatches and wagons are vastly more practical. I think Americans just go for SUVs when they want practicality and most that buy sedans probably have them as second or third cars with a SUV around somewhere.

        I only have one car and when I replace it, only hatches and wagons are in the running.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I've seen tons of suv commuters but my point was more that they could get their useless trunk for looks alone and use their suv if they ever need to haul anything big.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yeah but most hatchbacks come with a cargo cover, many of them automatically folding down to hide what's in the back as you close the hatch. So the privacy thing in my opinion is moot.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I do like hatches that look like trunks though(like those in the older f-bodies I can't imagine why GM didn't do that with the current camaros).
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree, Hatchbacks are way more practical. I've helped a few people move with my 07 rabbit and they are amazed how much stuff i can fit in the car with the seats folded. Including large items.
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are two valid arguments I've heard. First, sedans are quieter, because they isolate rear-tire noise in the trunk area. Second, sedans hide your cargo from thieves. If you live in a city, this is a valid concern. You can get one of those cargo area covers, but they usually reduce the usable area to trunk equivalence anyways, so you don't end up winning.

        That said, I drive a wagon, so I completely agree with you. But it's louder than our sedan, and I don't live in the city.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A trunk is not useless. A trunk adds a level of privacy and security for your belongings when you are not in the car.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's un-official showing was in early September at the Georgian College AutoShow. Car looks fantastic, interior feels/looks great for its price point -- can't wait to drive this back to back with the Ford Fiesta.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You know that Mazda 2 and Fiesta share the same Mazda chassis.... which Ford, in the EU Fiesta, manage to screw up somehow because Mazda 2 handles bettter.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I went to school there as well before going to Seneca in Toronto. Great people in Barrie, and that school is one of the best when it comes to automotive careers.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I went to Georgian! Great school, great auto show. The auto students just went nuts that weekend, t'was a good time.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see it next to the Fiesta...
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDBzOKHMCa4
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yea! Mazda USA needs this car. If it shows up the same time as the Fiesta, that could hurt both. Delay about six months behind Fiesta might be good for both.
      • 5 Years Ago
      JDM still gets all the treats - CVT transmissions, Miller cycle engine, a 4WD version....
      • 5 Years Ago
      I want a MazdaPi. Or a Mazda^e. Or a Mazda(SQRT(-1)).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Well.... it's cute enough.
      • 5 Years Ago
      HOLY MOLY!!! IT'S A STICK!!!!!!!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course, it's a Mazda.

        Hell, they even sell a MINIVAN with a stick.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I give Mazda a lot of credit. Their design language is more than just making sure each car has a similar looking grille. Mazada's share the style throughout the entire car.

      Not sure about the rear half, but interested to see how it comes together in person.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You realize the gallery is the 07 model right? The first picture is the teaser. You can see the tailights are different than the one in the gallery.

        It will PROBABLY have the smile.

        Side note, I saw a new CX-7 and CX-9 on a car carrier today, and the big smiley bumpers actually don't look that bad on the SUVs.
      • 5 Years Ago
      i like it and wish mazda would break down and make a 2 door version. 4 doors on a car of this size is silly. It also adds complexity to the car where it's not needed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Great looking car in person, glad to see it and the Fiesta coming to our shores
        • 5 Years Ago
        I haven't seen it in person, but in pictures it seems a bit too overwrought. What ever happened to that time-honored adage of K.I.S.S. ? Mazda needs to lay off the sauce for a bit.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I wonder what would happen if the mazdaspeed division got their hands on this....
      I think the 2.0L sourced from the miata, running at 167 hp in NA guise would do nicely. Maybe add a turbo to that, and get the engine to make 200hp or more would be wonderful as well. I'm guessing the car weighs around....2600-2700 lb?

      After looking through the interior photos...It has an interesting gear box position, reminds me of the previous gen civic si.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I was just going to post something along these lines - a Mazda2/Fiesta fits perfectly for my needs as a daily driver, but until I get something that has a little more punch (Fiesta ST or MazdaSpeed2) I just can't buy into them. The Mini Cooper S is basically what I want, but not for $30K CAD.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Words of Wisdom Matt.

        My Wife and I own a 2 in Lebanon, and beleive me with the 103 hp 1.5L mill it's a cracker to drive. the chassis is so solid, and the steering so well balanced that it's a treat to drive even at a measly 60kph...

        the ideas i have to make the 2 a great GTi are endless, the chassis has so much potential it's a shame they haven't started racing it in the IRC yet...i see the Fiesta going all racy... can't wait for a 2 MPS or IRC for racing...
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