Mazda says that it expects GM's upcoming Kappa models, the Solstice and Sky, to affect its US sales of the MX-5 to the point where Europe will become the little roadster's biggest market. North American MX-5 sales are expected to be around 16,000 units per year, which I think is down about 4,000 from where Mazda originally projected. European sales are projected in the 18,000 unit range. GM sees sales of 20,000 units per year for the Solstice, and the Sky might contribute another 10,000 units. All of these numbers depend on the size of the US budget roadster market and the likelihood of cross-shopping between the three brands. Let's not forget that the Kappa will eventually spawn an Opel version, which might make things interesting in the European market as well.

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