It looks like Toyota is going to have a little more zoom-zoom in the future. The giant Japanese automaker has struck a deal with Mazda to use its Skyactiv engines for the possible replacement to the Yaris. The new subcompact will be built under contract by Mazda at its new factory in Mexico.

Keishi Egawa, CEO of Mazda in Mexico, told Automotive News that Toyota would be responsible for the interior and exterior design and would allocate 50,000 subcompacts per year to Toyota of the factory's 230,000-unit capacity. Production of the new model will begin between April 1, 2015, and March 31, 2016. Toyota has not confirmed whether the presumed Yaris replacement would also share other components with Mazda.

An official production date for the next Mazda2 hasn't been set yet, but it's expected around the second half of 2014, according to Automotive News. Mazda also hasn't said what version of the Skyactiv is going into the little hatchback. While the Hazumi concept, which likely previews the next 2, is using a new Skyactiv-D 1.5 diesel, this powerplant is unlikely for the US version.

The deal seems to be an ultimate vindication of Mazda's promise that Skyactiv would allow for class-leading, fuel-efficient engines. "You can't out-Toyota Toyota and you can't out-Honda Honda. You've got to be you," said Mazda USA's director of communications Jeremy Barnes to AutoblogGreen in 2011. Now, it has the world's largest automaker striking a deal to borrow its tech.


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      AGSHOP
      • 9 Months Ago
      rust coming soon
      dan.frederiksen
      • 9 Months Ago
      not green. stop posting this crap on ABG
      fran
      • 9 Months Ago
      LOL at some people here think Mazda is the best automaker in the whole world. I mean I get it. They make some great cars to drive and all, but so does other companies too. Which is why Mazda was at the verge of bankruptcy (not to mention they're still not doing well financially). If you really love a brand so much then why not buy their product and support them?
        James John
        • 9 Months Ago
        @fran
        I do support them. I have 2 Mazdas.
        ihatemacs9
        • 9 Months Ago
        @fran
        you can love or be a fan of a mfg without thinking its the "best automaker in the world." spend some time in front of a Top Gear episode and you'll hear about the hosts' fandom of Alfa Romeos and Lancias of yore. But they also realize you'll be in a repair shop more often than on the road. These folks are big fans of Mazda, but it doesn't mean their heads are so far up their **ses, like you haughtily and anonymously proclaim, that they don't realize their beloved brand isn't perfect.
        greenz1977
        • 9 Months Ago
        @fran
        I think most of Mazda's problems can be traced back to Ford. Now that Mazda is on their own they are in control of their future. And in my house we own four Mazdas, including a 2014 Mazda 6. Their Skyactiv engines are the real deal; they get excellent fuel mileage and have decent power without having to use a hybrid powertrain. I think the praise for Mazda is well deserved.
          Technoir
          • 9 Months Ago
          @greenz1977
          Yeah, but it's not a long term strategy. Fuel economy standards keep getting tighter....so without starting work on hybrid powertrains, how can they transition to plug-in hybrids down the road?
      Tariff The Imports
      • 9 Months Ago
      Toyota... Just pathetic.
      Myself
      • 9 Months Ago
      Skyactiv engines and transmission are the biggest combustion engine innovation this millennium. Ridiculous compression ratios for both gas and diesel engines, excellent fuel economy, fun to drive and none of the turbo issues. Every half-witted modder can slam a turbo onto an engine, but that's not innovation. Yes, Ford, Im talking about your 1-liter three cylinder ecoboost which is heavier than a 1.4 liter unit...
        chanonissan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Myself
        you think every turbo engine is bad because of ford eco boost real world mpg, the nissan -renault alliance turbo 1.2 engine is spot on when it comes to MPG, and it is very innovative. Mazda engines are very good but high compression does not mean it will have more power, better MPG and torque than other manufactures, check out the nissan/renault alliance 1.6 DCI and look at nissan MR20DD gasoline direct injection with a lower compression and have better MPG (available only in japan), nissan make 5 less Hp but 5 more lb ft torque than mazda and nissan engine make it max HP before mazda skyactiv engine.the accord 2.4 makes 185 Hp but less torque real world is 41 MPG ETC. this is the nissan 1.2L 4 cylinder turbo available only in europe. http://www.honestjohn.co.uk/realmpg/nissan/qashqai-2014/12-dig-t
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @chanonissan
          superlightv12 `` Can't say that about any of the turbo bolt on's`` renault have no fewer than 30 patent and ford have quite a few, toyota get their turbo tech from ford. You can read about PTWA engines that are only build by nissan and ford. renault | nissan turbo engines have thermal management that heat up the engine faster, and with PTWA in the future it going to be much faster. And you see the recent nissan 1.5 3 cylinder turbo engine, how light it was, as I say mazda have a great engine lineup, but more innovative engines are out there.
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @chanonissan
          superlightv12, forget to ask you what about nissan MR20DD,( not the MR20DE use in the sentra) with 150 Hp and 155 lbft that is economical than the mazda skyactiv 2.0L? That means nissan is more innovative?
      Levine Levine
      • 9 Months Ago
      Honda recently expanded its Mexican auto plant by $1billion. Chrysler has been building vehicles in Mexico and exporting them into USA for at least a decade. Mazda and Toyota, too, are apparently heavily invested in Mexico. At this rate, there will be no Japanese auto plants in USA. Ironically, GM and Ford, the two remaining domestic brand will probably move most of their factories offshore to Mexico, too. The American auto worker is dying a slow death, a casualty of failed socialist economic policies and Big Government. Instead of being known world-wide as a modern industrial nation, USA is now known as Food Stamp Nation.
        Teleny411
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        That's ludicrous . The capitalists are just exploiting labor where they don't have to pay a living wage.
        Quibbs
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Actually, the companies that are leaving usually leave for the same reason that other businesses in the past have. Cheaper labor and no taxes. The jobs created by these plants only mean something (to the community) if the people can make a living wage. Then there's the heavy handed tactics these companies use with states and cities. The state/city that the plant is located in makes a deal (for the plant to locate there) to collect little to no tax and have to provide massive infrastructure to the auto plant (which in a sense is subsidized for by the citizens of that region out of their taxes). *See South Carolina and Tennessee for some examples. Then there's the argument that corporate taxes are the highest in the world in the US. This is a bit of a fallacy as most large companies keep their money offshore and/or pay large CPA firms to skirt those taxes. In the end, as long as there are countries with dirt poor people who will work for a dirt wage, that you or I, or most people in developed countries wouldn't work for, companies will leave the US. It's about maximizing profit and stock performance. To suggest it's all about unions and big government is making huge omissions on the realities and probably reflects more a personal political slant.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Quibbs
          [blocked]
        rbnhd1144
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Dodge was building Ramchargers in Mexico in 86, Building cars in Mexico is nothing new.
        Tariff The Imports
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        Kill free trade. It benefits only the corporations. The savings are not passed on to the consumer. If you want to sell your goods here, you makes those goods here. If not you tax and tariff. Make it so lopsided those companies have no choice but to restart operations here.
          clquake
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          Actually, it's pretty evident that savings are passed on. If they weren't, that $99 TV would be $300. I submit as evidence, Walmart's entire lineup.
          rbnhd1144
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Tariff The Imports
          I totally Agree, that goes for TVs, washers, driers, refridgerators you name it. Im tired of buying imported goods, Americans need jobs too, this is the wal marting of America, we pay the cost one way or anotherm, either at the time of sale or in our taxes to support food stamps and other programs these workers need.
        carguy1701
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        "At this rate, there will be no Japanese auto plants in USA. Ironically, GM and Ford, the two remaining domestic brand will probably move most of their factories offshore to Mexico, too. " Right, because Toyota, Honda, and Nisan have totally said that they'll close their plants in the US. Are people really this stupid?
          • 9 Months Ago
          @carguy1701
          [blocked]
        socarboy
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Levine Levine
        The escape of six letters is why auto companies are setting up shop in Mexico, No: UAW & No: EPA
      carguy1701
      • 9 Months Ago
      "The giant Japanese automaker has struck a deal with Mazda to use its Skyactiv engines for the possible replacement to the Yaris. The new subcompact will be built under contract by Mazda at its new factory in Mexico." So, is it just going to use the Skyactiv engine or will it be use the platform as well? Either way, its a win win for both companies.
        chanonissan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @carguy1701
        they said both engine and platform, but the body and interior will be design by toyota.
      wafflesnfalafel
      • 9 Months Ago
      Ok - make a few motors for them, but don't let Toy"float"ta near your suspension and steering setup folks. Keep that magic for yourself.
        Jaylgo
        • 9 Months Ago
        @wafflesnfalafel
        TRD will be in charged of selling the suspension for those who want a stiffer ride.
      over9000
      • 9 Months Ago
      Toyota still sucks, underpowered bla bla bla. Just get the Mazda2.
        Greg
        • 9 Months Ago
        @over9000
        Not everyone lives close enough to a Mazda dealership to make that feasible.
        fran
        • 9 Months Ago
        @over9000
        What about reliability? What if someone wanted a car that can last for decades regardless of the fun to drive cars? I'm not saying Mazdas are unreliable but compared to a Toyota? I don't think so. And just so you know.. Not everyone lives on a racetrack.
      Greg Aryous
      • 9 Months Ago
      This really shows how far behind Toyota is falling with their ice engine technology!!! Also heard they are avoiding turbos in favor of larger displacement engines That could be a costly mistake as many countries Tax higher displacement engines !! That's one reason Ford developed the 1.5 EcoBoost for China because of lower tax rates...!
        Silvrswts
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Greg Aryous
        Why are you punctuating every sentence with one or more exclamation marks? Also, Toyota for all their failings making compelling vehicles do make an OK engine and have reasonable economy. The small displacement turbo route taken my american auto makers adds complexity and misleading fuel economy numbers on the EPA cycle.
          • 9 Months Ago
          @Silvrswts
          [blocked]
      Bassracerx
      • 9 Months Ago
      what is it with toyota getting all these other automanufacuturers to supply engines and build whole cars for them? i'm not saying anything bad about mazda but toyota has made a reputation for build quality and they promote their reliability so much you would think that this would be a big quality control issue for them. hopefully toyota will have quality inspectors under toyota pay roll to look over cars and make sure that the assembled product is up to par. I'm crossing my fingers that the 3 door yaris will return stateside with that mazda engine because other than the powertrain and the goofy center dashboard the first gen (us) 3 door yaris was a very attractive vehicle givin it's price-point.
        chanonissan
        • 9 Months Ago
        @Bassracerx
        so you think toyota did all of those small and large engines? this have been happen for years, the LFA engine was design by yamaha, also the 1.8 you see in the corolla, the aygo is a PSA rebadge, the yaris 1.3 VVTI is a daihatsu (toyota majority share holder)build engine, and recently the FR-s build by subaru which toyota owns 20%.
          chanonissan
          • 9 Months Ago
          @chanonissan
          I am not talking about 1.8l that was use in the trueno and the levin, i am talking about the one that have the intake turn to the front and the exhaust turn to the fire wall, that engine was design by yamaha.
          Jaylgo
          • 9 Months Ago
          @chanonissan
          Actually the 1.8 engine wasn't design by yamaha, it was tuned by yamaha.The Celica GTS of the 2000's was the firts with it, then it when into the Matrix XRS, pontiac Vibe GT, and the last one with this engine was the corolla xrs and it only made 160hp instead of the 180hp. Badass little engine with the VVTLI.
      Dave D
      • 9 Months Ago
      But if Toyota doesn't keep the big, goofy Anime smiling grill, how can we be sure it actually has a Mazda engine under the covers? :)
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